Category Archives: Kyoto

Two Exhibitions by Artist Joel Stewart at Gallery Hakuhou-doh, Kyoto

Source: deep kyoto

Art lovers take note: the supremely talented artist Joel Stewart will have not one but TWO back-to-back exhibitions at Gallery Hakuhou-doh, in Kyoto next month. Joel says, “Show #1 is all new work, based on some unorthodox print ideas I’ve been working on and is titled “Fractured Fairy Tales”. Exhibition #2 will be a retrospective showing of prints I’ve made over the last 30 years.”

Dates and details of the shows are given below:

December 5th – 10th 2017: JOEL STEWART – Fractured Fairy Tales

December 12th – 17th 2017: JOEL STEWART – PRINTS 1987 – 2017

BOTH exhibitions will be held at Art Gallery Hakuhou-doh (アートギャラリー博宝堂) which is located on the east side of Jingumichi, south of Niomon Dori. Here is a MAP.
Address:〒606-8344 京都市左京区岡崎神宮道東側
Hours: 11:00 – 18:00
Tel: 075-771-9401
URLs: /

Our Mewby with Joel Stewart at his 2015 Hakuhou-doh show.

For more information (and pictures) of Joel Stewart’s work check out his website here:

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Tengu in the Hills of Kyoto


If you’ve ever seen a red blur of motion in the corner of your eye when walking through the forest, if you’ve ever heard a wild cry echoing through the treetops on a moonlit night, if you’ve ever noticed the shadow of a tall, long-nosed figure beside you, but turned to find no one there, only a few feathers falling to the ground as a rushing sound flew upward… well, it might have been a tengu. They’re known to inhabit the mountainous regions of Japan (which means pretty much all of Japan) and fly from treetop to treetop carried by expansive feathered wings. Tengu are not necessarily evil creatures, but they probably shouldn’t be crossed unless you’re feeling very confident about your swordfighting skills. If you show the proper respect, they’ve been known to share their marital knowledge of the sword with us mortals, but beware their wrath at the same time. Are they immortal? Well, no human has ever lived long enough to find out…

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Overseas Media Images of Japan & Kyoto: Talk by Eric Johnston at Doshisha Women’s College

Source: deep kyoto

On December 9th 2017(a Saturday), Eric Johnston will be speaking at Doshisha Women’s College in Kyoto on overseas media reports and images of Japan, and particularly Kyoto, since the Meiji Period. Eric will be giving the speech in Japanese but with an English PowerPoint presentation. Says Eric, “Hopefully, it will be a interesting historical journey.” I’m sure it will be.

Eric’s speech is from 13.00-14.00 and is part of a wider event hled by the university’s English Society which continues until 16:30 with other speakers. This event is open to the public for an admission fee of 1,000 yen. For access details to the Imadegawa Campus and a map click here.

Eric Johnston has worked as a journalist in Japan for more than two decades. Currently he is a full-time reporter at The Japan Times, the country’s oldest and most prestigious English-language newspaper. You can read more about him (and by him) here.

Photograph of Eric Johnston by Micah Gampel.

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The Third Annual Writers in Kyoto Writing Competition

Source: deep kyoto

Writers in Kyoto (Wik) have launched their third annual writing competition – and this year there are more prizes including a first prize of 30,000 yen in cash, and runner-up prizes of the recently published Zen Gardens and Temples of Kyoto. Winners will also be published on the WiK website and in the Writers in Kyoto Anthology. Here are some details of how to enter:

Theme: Kyoto
Language: English
Word Limit: 300 words
Deadline: March 1st 2018, midnight JST
Form: Short poems, character studies, essays, travel tips, whimsy, haiku sequence, haibun, wordplays, dialogue, experimental verse, etc. In short, anything that helps show the spirit of place in a fresh light.

Submissions (limited to one per person) should be sent to
– Do not send submissions to this website!

Please use Microsoft Word to send your submission – PDFs will not be accepted. At the top of the page write the following information: Full Name • Email Contact • Nationality • Location of Current Residence (Town, Country)

Further details can be found on this beautiful flyer designed by John Einarsen. Queries should be addressed to John Dougill at the Writers in Kyoto contact page.

See also:
The 1st prize winner in 2016 – Peter Mallett’s “Kimono Memories
The 1st prize winner in 2017 – Jane Kramer’s “The Joys of Silence and Bewilderment

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