Shiro Oni Studio introduces artists to Japanese rural culture, building personal relationships that benefit both artists and area locals.
Workshops of interest are voted on as a group the first few days of the residency period.
We will organize and translate 5 workshops over the course of the residency.
Most workshops are given by volunteers, so residents only need to pay material fees (usually around 1000 yen per person).
Fuyuko Kobori of the Kobori Enshu school of tea explains the history of tea culture in Japan and the change of the Japanese aesthetic senses, including explanation of Wabi-sabi, and performs a whole tea ceremony.
Fuyuko’s father is the 16th generation head of the school, and Fuyuko is the next in line to run the school.
She has been studying tea ceremony since the age of 6 and has organized traditional and contemporary-style tea ceremonies across Japan, the USA, France, Germany, Holland and Jordan.
Fuyuko’s Family Website
Fuyuko’s Personal Website
The town of Onishi holds a summer music festival every July. The Festival is one of the most exciting times of year, with former residents coming from around the country to participate. While not required, artists are encouraged to participate in the nightly taiko drum practices at the local community center and to help pull the shrine during the festival.
Youtube video of Onishi Summer Music Festival
Washi paper making workshop at Tsuguo Yanai’s studio.
Mr. Yanai has more than 30 years experience creating washi paper art. He’s mastered traditional paper-making techniques and also developed his own sculptural techniques.