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My Days in Onishi 「鬼石への旅」

My dear friend Lori from The Spendy Pencil, was part of an artist in residency program in “Shiro Oni” studio in Onishi, Gunma Prefecture. A few weeks ago, she invited me along.

 

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“Kinuya”, the main building that serves as a gathering place and central hub to the surrounding buildings

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Inside Kinuya, the beautiful Japanese tatami floors

“Shiro Oni” (literally means “white ogre”) studio was founded in 2009 by American artist Kjell Hahn with very interesting concepts in mind: foreigner artist could take part of this residency program while they focused on their artwork, exchange ideas with fellow artists and experience Japanese countryside lifestyle .

Many of the buildings in the center of town have been demolished while others are used for storage or simply abandoned.  Shiro Oni has converted these structures into public studios proving the artist a perfect place to work.  At the end of their stay, artists hold an exhibition in their studios.

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“Kotoriya”, the once unused and abandoned buildings are now private studios for the visiting artists

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Visitors to Japan are mostly familiar with the country’s urban areas, so staying in Onishi not only gives you a chance to be part of Japan’s rural life but you can also impact the Onishi’s community in a positive manner.

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Delicious Unagi & Udon (Eel & Noodles) for lunch

A walk around Onishi…

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And later a bike ride to visit Onishi’s lovely Antique shop

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Beautiful Onishi’s landscapes. As much as I love Tokyo it always feels wonderful to take a little break of this city

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Thanks Lori for such a wonderful invitation!

You can have more information about Onishi and Shiro Oni HERE (English  & Japanese) or follow them HERE

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All photos on this blog were snapped by me unless otherwise noted. If you see something you’d like to share, please be sure to provide a link back to this space. Thank you!

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