Artists in residency stay together in a three-story, 10 bedroom house. Like many of the homes in Onishi, the building was originally owned by a stone seller. There are large green stones incorporated into the garden and shower. The stones are called ‘Sanbaseki’ stones, after the river they come from, ‘Sanbagawa.’ Sanbaseki stones are used in gardening around the country.

The three-story building is located next to a park and river, has a garden and overlooks the mountains surrounding Onishi.

There is also a large rooftop balcony with a panoramic view of the entire town. The rooftop can be used for BBQ or social gatherings.

In 2017, visiting artist Dan Elborne organized the artist collective Mother Tongue to participate in an anagama kiln firing at Shiro Oni Studio.

It’s a few seconds from each day of their stay, from arrival, through the kiln firing and exhibition.

Daily Life

The artist house has space for artists to comfortably spend time outside of the studio.

We often organize cooking workshops or neighborhood BBQ’s.

The Shiro Oni Studio offices are located on the 1st floor of the building.

Each artist is loaned a bicycle during their stay. Even without a car, the compact size of Onishi and the central location of our studios gives residents access to most services. Located a few minutes away by bicycle:

Convenience Store
Grocery Store
Post Office
Public Baths

Artist Rooms

Artists receive their own bedroom, with a Japanese-style futon. Bed linens and towels are provided.

Residents also have access to the newly renovated kitchen, shared between all members. The kitchen is equipped with appliances, dishes, and cutlery necessary for residents to cook or bake as they wish.

Cleaning and gardening is the shared responsibility of all residents.
Guests of artists may stay at Santosu, the newly opened guest house down the road.


Shiro Oni Studio provides the following:

-Projector room with Netflix
-Full-size western oven
-Laundry Area / Washing machine

We recommend artists bring:

Comfortable shoes (you can take on and off easily)

Swimming Suit

Map to Artist House

Artists visiting the residency for the first time should follow directions on the Bus Schedule Page, and get off at the Kamimachi (上町) stop.