Over the last 8 years, visiting artists have produced hundreds of paintings and sculptures, written books and even formed bands during their stay.

The staff at Shiro Oni Studio put together this page to showcase films we thought stood out not only in quality, but also in their ability to express the warmth, intimacy and playfulness of the people here in Onishi.  We hope that these pieces will share a glimpse into the lives and experiences of those that stay with us.

Blue Stone

Mariko Kuwahara

The city of Onishi is well-known for its blue colored stones called “Sanbaseki”, which are used as decoration for Japanese gardens. Thanks to the booming stone business in Japan between the ’60s and ’80s, the city as well as some of its stone dealers became extremely wealthy. Although the popularity of the stones has waned, you can still find many blue stones along the streets and in front of people’s houses as you walk through the city. By tracing those stones, which seem to be overlooked nowadays, the way of life of people in Onishi comes to life.

Kannagawa River Voices

Fritz Horstman
United States

Upon learning about the thousands of onomatopoeia in the Japanese language, Mr. Horstman began recording residents of Onishi making the sounds of the local Kannagawa River with their voices.

moon, water

Petra Dalstrom

This work was made for the exhibition at the end of the residency period.
A thin cotton fabric is suspended outside of a door opening in the room, and there is a wooden plate lying on the floor below, covered until the edge with approximately 3 litres of water. Above this, there is a ceramic container filled with ice cubes, that slowly drip down on the water surface. The viewer is invited to sit down on a bench on the other side of the room, and from this position, the wooden plate forms the shape of a moon.

Lucky Boy

Etienne Leung
Hong Kong

A short documentary, that explores a young single father’s inspiration as a passionate baker, who lives in the mountains of Gunma, Japan.

Onishi Pace

Direction & Film: Yaara Parness
Dancer: Yui Ushida牛田裕衣
Video editor: Rani Moncaz

Back in Israel I dance flamenco once a week. Seven years ago I participated in a Flamenco course in Spain and met two Japanese flamenco dancers and we stayed in touch until today. Yui Ushida is a professional flamenco dancer that lives and creates here in Yokohama, Japan. When I started thinking about filming my perspective of Onishi she immediately came to mind and a link was formed between the Japanese landscape and the art of Spanish flamenco . We collaborated creating this film that seeks to take the viewer on a journey of Onishi from my point of view with my inner tempo.

Saitama Seekers

Tony Ingrisano & Jimmy Kuehnle
United States

Tony Ingrisano and Jimmy Kuehnle spent 5 weeks in the small town of Onishi Japan learning to play taiko drums with the local community, an aural tradition never written down. They created and inhabited creatures with sound activated light features that paraded in the ancestral drum festival and flashed in response to the beating drums. Their creatures soon took a life of their own and ran amok through the town, feeding on babies from Gunma Prefecture.