Hotel Ethnography Gion Furumonzen

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The arts & crafts of Hotel Ethnography and the people behind them.

Eaves lighting by Akazawa Sheet Metal Manufacturing Plant

Besides generating a sense of tranquility, these elegant lamps are also commonly seen lighting the areas around many older buildings in Kyoto. The dim lighting effects as well as the copper-green rust color allows you to feel a sense of historical nostalgia radiating from these unique lighting fixtures.
Around the time that electric lights and gas lamps were becoming more widespread throughout Japan, electric light bulbs and glass were quite expensive and having these fixtures adorn the roof of your shop was seen as proof that your shop was prospering. The Japanese eaves lighting style we see today evolved from the western gas lamp, and during that transition became a design that is uniquely Japanese while still harkening back to its roots in western design; though the fixtures are made mainly of copper, various techniques are used during assembly by competing craftsmen to distinguish their particular design.

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Interior Designs by Inoue Matsumasa

Founded in 1957, the Inoue’s story begins by inheriting the techniques used in restoring numerous cultural properties at the Kyoto National Museum`s National Treasury Repair Center, and even now they are still in the process of renewing and repairing various hanging scrolls, pictures, folding screens, partition screens, and scrolls. Additionally, the Inoue family is also involved in the construction of fusuma and shouji sliding doors as well as interior design using washi paper in relation to sukiya-style buildings and various shrines and temples throughout Japan.The various pieces designed by Inoue Kougadou throughout our hotel capture and generate a sensation of modernity infused with the craftsmanship of the traditional.

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Kojima Lanterns

Kojima Lanterns is a business dedicated to hanging paper lanterns that are handmade using a traditional Kyoto-style manufacturing method. Compared to other traditional hanging paper lanterns, Kojima lanterns are more durable and rugged because of the thicker paper used in their construction. Because of the time, effort, and care put into the construction as well as the process of carefully selecting the materials for each individual lantern, mass production of these types of lanterns is not possible, and, therefore, makes the lanterns crafted by Kojima Lanterns a truly unique addition to our hotels.

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Mori no Koubou Inwood Workshop

Forest studio Inwood in is a craft design house that produces and sells tables of solid wood, wooden toys, and clippings in Kitayama, Kyoto City. The tenderness and wonderfulness of the trees are modern, with simple designs, the designers will put the finishing touches on each design.


These pieces of artwork display traditional Japanese patterns using wire art and can be seen above the beds in select rooms. These pieces are constructed around the concept of when you place artwork in front of traditional Japanese walls made from golden sand, a shadow is born from the harmony with the lights.


2013: Jury Award · Tatsuo Miyajima : Lighting Object, Tokyo, Japan
2015: BA, Arts and Crafts, Tohoku University of Art and Design, Yamagata, Japan
2015: Nippon Lacquerware Association Scholarship Award
2016: Gate Program Winner Itami International Craft Exhibition
2017: President’s Award 73rd Kanazawa Municipal Craft Exhibition
Selected: World Craft Competition · Kanazawa ~ Time Space of Tea ~
Selected: 29th Mitsubishi Corporation Art · Gate Program, Tokyo, Japan

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Reiko Yagi

Reiko Yagi is a photographer from Shiga Prefecture that specializes in taking photographs of Lake Biwa. From 2012 her work has been exhibited at the Biwako Biennale during the International Art Festival. Her work, which received the bronze prize at the French photography competition "The Prix de la Photographie, Paris" in 2012, was selected as the main image for the Biwako Biennale in 2016. Recently she has received many overseas awards and has been expanding her activities outside of Japan.

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Kazuya Yamaguchi

Kazuya Yamaguchi Biography
Kazuya Yamaguchi was born and grown up in Takasago City in Hyogo.
He graduated from Kyoto University of Art and Design.
He creates paintings/photographic works by his consistent concept, accumulations or impressions of a brief moment.
In 2000, he won a grand prize (The TAMON Prize) at Sekiguchi Art Foundation Award for “KAKIAIKKO”, which is a collaboration with his improvised painting and a musician’s play on the stage, focusing on “MA: a consciousness of space between two people”.
As an additional prize, Mr. Yamaguchi worked in New York City, and had an opportunity to work as an exclusive photographer of a nihonga painter Hiroshi Senju for three years, started working as a freelance photographer after Mr. Senju’s photo book was published. Subsequently, he made his self-published photo book of a professional boxer Noriyuki Komatsu, and continues to shoot portraits of another professional boxer, Joichiro Tatsuyoshi.
In 2016, Mr. Yamaguchi completed a ceiling painting “Hou Ou-zu (Male and Female Phoenix)” at Kannon-ji temple.
Finally he has launched an alternative painting “Eternal trace” by specially made pyrotechnics devices.
In 2017, he started painting on fusuma slide doors at Shinju-an in Daitoku-ji temple.

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SangSun Bae

After graduating from a postgraduate course at Musashino Art University, Sang Sun Bae went on to receive her Doctorate from Kyoto University of Art. She then went on to study at the Royal College of Art in London. Between 2005 and 2008, Bae was selected for the VOCA Exhibition for new emerging faces in modern art as well as took part in many other international exhibitions. Recently, Bae has made Kyoto her home base from which to conduct her art.

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Born in Osaka Prefecture in 1973, from the moment ZENONE started using spray paint in the 90s he became known as the “Old School Graffiti Writer” and became a representative of Osaka’s original graphic scene. With his fluid style, he has worked on several solo and joint projects, some of which have seen him collaborating with famous fashion brands and creating murals all around the world. His works harmonize traditional Japanese style with American style and sell for very high prices all over the world.