"MACHIYA VISION" is a project and exhibition of a collaboration between Kyoto Center for Community Collaboration and KYOTOGRAPHIE to present a vision for the future of Machiya.
In this exhibition, we will display installations at two different venues. Both of which shows a video footage of interviews and dialogues of the people involved with Machiya and as well as the materials of Machiya.
The theme of this year’s exhibition is “Sustainability”.
The talks by researchers and activists working in the field contained many suggestions for a sustainable future brought by Machiya.
In the world of WITH/AFTER Corona, we consider what kind of contemporary significance the preservation and succession of Machiya has.
We hope that this exhibition draws attention to the importance of the culture fostered and the charm that stimulates creativity by Machiya.
We are taking measures to prevent the spread of infectious diseases based on the guidelines of the national government, Kyoto Prefecture, and Kyoto City. Admission Wearing a mask, diligently washing and disinfecting hands, measuring body temperature, and ensuring the distance between visitors Thank you for your cooperation. If you have a symptom of a cold such as fever, or if you are not feeling well, Please refrain from the venue.
The number of Kyoto’s traditional Machiya townhouses is decreasing at an alarming rate, it’s currently 2 Machiya are lost every day.
However, even if you hear the term "Kyo-machiya", it may be difficult to form a concrete image of what Machiya is.
Machiya is a traditional wooden townhouse that has been cultivated in Kyoto and is a distinctive feature of the Kyoto cityscape.
In these houses, the culture of life in the heart of Kyoto, the space of the architecture itself, and the urban development based on the “coexistence of work and residence” have been inherited and are still alive today.
In addition, an increasing number of people are discovering new possibilities in Machiya as a place for creative and business activities.
Machiya is the symbol of Kyoto culture and the very essence of “Kyoto”.
We interviewed Kanako Hamasaki, who is involved in the daily preservation and transmission of traditional culture as a producer of traditional culture and board representative of the Yuuhisai Koudoukan Foundation, about her attitude and actual efforts related to the transmission of traditional culture centering on Machiya.
Producer of traditional culture, Board Representative of the Yuuhisai Koudoukan Foundation, Associate Professor, Faculty of Letters, Kyoto Prefectural University
Graduated from Kyoto University, Faculty of Letters. D. from the University of Tokyo.
The president of the Traditional Culture Produce REN.
Has been involved in many projects related to cultural transmission, including the revival of traditional events and the preservation of architectural structures.
The author of "Kyoto Kagami" (Kyoto Mirror) (MdN Shinsho) and other books.
The school founded in 1806 by Minagawa Kien, a leading Confucian scholar in Kyoto in the mid-Edo period, is considered to be a pioneer of private universities.
Known as the founder of "Kaibutsu-gaku" (his own esoteric learning), Minagawa Kien excelled in calligraphy, painting, and poetry, and is said to have had as many as 3,000 students who gathered at Koudoukan.
In 2009, the sukiya-style building and garden on the site of Kien Minagawa's academy were threatened with demolition, and through the preservation efforts of researchers, business people, and other volunteers, the building was renamed the Yuuhisai Koudoukan.
In 2019, the Yuuhisai Koudoukan will celebrate the 10th anniversary of its restoration, and it continues to serve as a center for various activities, including tea ceremonies, Noh plays, and Rakugo (traditional Japanese comic storytelling) and Kodan (storytelling).
Sustainability by symbiosis of Machiya and community
Oussouby SACKO, specializing in spatial anthropology, has conducted a number of studies focusing on the relationship between the architectural style of the Machiya and the lives of the people of Kyoto. We interviewed him about the coexistence of Machiya and community in the past, present, and future.
Born in Mali. Studied at Beijing Language and Culture University and Southeast University of Nanjing as a government-sponsored student. D. in Engineering from Kyoto University. Specialized in spatial anthropology. He has conducted research on the relationship between society and architecture from various angles, including the revitalization of Machiya and communities, and advocates a society that recognizes diverse values from familiar perspectives in daily life.
The town name " Kamanza-cho" comes from the fact that a group of iron founders, who were engaged in the production of not only kettles but also pots, lanterns, bells, farming tools, hand tools, etc., settled in this area and formed a "kamanza".
At the time of its construction, the building was a hardware store with the name "Onoya(Axe Shop)," but around 1887 it was donated to the Kamanza Neighborhood Association, and since then it has been used as a place for local traditional events such as neighborhood gatherings and Jizo-bon festivals.
It is currently used as the headquarters of the Kyomachiya Architects, as well as a venue for Machiya visits and events. The community center of Kyoto's neighborhood associations are sometimes called "cho-ie".
In 2010, with the support of a grant from the World Monuments Fund, structural repairs using traditional construction methods and restoration work on the facade were carried out, restoring the building to its former appearance.
Zentaro Yagasaki, a professor of architecture at Osaka Electro-Communication University's Faculty of Engineering, is involved in on-site surveys of various Machiya houses, researches based on these surveys, and supervises renovation projects. We interviewed on the characteristics of Machiya architecture and its sustainability.
Professor, Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering, Osaka Electro-Communication University
Graduated from the Graduate School of Crafts, Kyoto Institute of Technology. He surveys traditional architecture and cities, and conducts practical research on the inheritance of historical and cultural values and the creation of new values, as well as activities related to the inheritance and development of traditional Japanese woodworking techniques.
The author of "Tea Culture in Gardens and Architectures" (Shibunkaku Publishing, co-editor), "Machiya Master Builders" (Gakugei Shuppansha, co-author) and other books.
Built on the site of the residence of Sozen Yamana, the general of the Western Army during the Onin War.
The Fujita family owned many looms in the Taisho and early Showa periods, and as a result, the store area, which is now the east wing, became outgrown, so they purchased the house that is now the west wing.
The east wing retains the traditional machiya style with "Mushikomado" (insect cage window) and other features, while the front structure was reconstructed in the late Meiji and Taisho eras.
The west wing was built around 1935, and the front parlor has a design that blends Sukiya and Western styles, and there is a tea room in the back named "Yoshin" by Omotesenke Sokan Horiuchi.
While the east wing retains the appearance of the early Meiji era, the west wing has been luxuriously furnished, resulting in Machiya consisting of two wings with different architectural styles and ages.
Sadato Kurotake, a traditional design architect and chairman of Kurochiku Group, has been involved in the preservation and succession of many Machiya.
Mitsuo Takada, professor at Kyoto University of Art and Design and professor emeritus at Kyoto University, has been involved in the revitalization of many Machiya as a researcher of architecture. They spoke about the appeal of Machiya and their thoughts on the revitalization of Machiya.
Architect of traditional design, Chairman of the Kurochiku Group
Sadato Kurotake｜Architect of traditional design, Chairman of the Kurochiku Group
Advocating the "Craft Movement for a New Age" since 1974, and winning numerous awards in competitions such as the "Kyoto Craft Exhibition". Later, based on the results of his training in Western countries, he developed a wide range of design fields centering on Japanese culture, including traditional architecture design and regional development. He focuses on the revitalization of Machiya and the revitalization of local communities.
The author of "Reviving Machiya Kurochiku" (Mitsumura Suiko Shoin).
Professor, Kyoto University of Art and Design, Professor Emeritus, Kyoto University
Ph.D. in Engineering from the Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University.
Engaged in practical research on housing and urban development utilizing local history and culture, and designing urban residential spaces for an aging society with a declining birthrate.
Served as the chairman of the Association of Urban Housing Sciences and the chairman of the Kyoto City Council for the Preservation and Succession of Kyomachiya Townhouses.
The author of Urban Housing Studies in an Aging Society with Low Fertility (Minerva Shobo, co-author) and other books.
A dialogue was held at the Kubo Residence (Former Keinen Imao Residence) as an extension of the interview with researchers and activists who work in the field of Machiya.
東京大学大学院総合文化研究科博士課程修了。庭園アーカイヴ・プロジェクト代表。一般社団法人 hO 理事。専門は日本の庭園、能・狂言。展覧会やパフォーマンスの現場にも多数関わる。著書に『PromisePark』（workroompress、共著）など。
Researcher, Full-time Lecturer at Shizuoka University
D. from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, the University of Tokyo. Representative of the Garden Archives Project. Director of hO General Incorporated Association. Specializes in Japanese gardens, Noh and Kyogen. Involved in many exhibitions and performances. Author of "PromisePark" (workroompress, co-author) and others.
MACHIYA VISION: Thinking about the Future of Traditional Culture
We held a symposium with KYOTOGRAPHIE co-founder/co-director Yusuke Nakanishi to discuss the future of Japanese traditional culture with a focus on Machiya houses, welcoming Setsuto Kurotake and Kanako Hamasaki. Many people attended the symposium, which was rich in suggestions for the future of Kyomachiya.
Established by Kyoto City in 1997 to contribute to the mission of community vitalization, Kyoto Center for Community Collaboration serves as a hub of community engagement tasked with elevating Kyoto’s unique and graceful charm. The implementation of the above-stated mission is carried out with the support and cooperation of stakeholders including, local residents, the government, businesses, and universities. Since its inception, Kyoto Center for Community Collaboration has pursued the preservation and acquisition of Kyoto Machiya through numerous outreach activities. Through these activities, we hope to foster a more favorable living environment within Kyoto’s historic and scenic landscape.
Kyoto Machiya Machizukuri Fund is a fund to restore Kyomachiya(Japanese traditional wooden houses) and pass them on to the next generation together with their owners and residents through subsidized renovation of Machiya. kyoto-machisen.jp/fund/
KYOTOGRAPHIE Kyoto International Photography Festival is held annually over four weeks during the height of the spring tourist season in Kyoto, in a style that is unique in Asia. Exhibitions are spread across the city, staged creatively in various traditional and contemporary settings. The festival creates opportunities, bringing people together of all ages, cultures and backgrounds. Now recognized as one of the worldʼs leading photography events,
10th edition's theme is "ONE" in 2022. kyotographie.jp