This project is a collaboration between international creators who greatly love Kyoto and letterpress printing-to create a "Coto in cho", a souvenir notebook expressing the charm of the ancient capital of Kyoto as seen from the world. A notebook to not only collect temple seals, but also to put down one's travel experiences and memories made in Kyoto.
Print、Type and Graphic designer
Kyoto, a Zen garden.
Living in Kyoto is like gazing at a "karesansui", a zen garden. With its ever evolving and changing landscape of a new culture and energy among the old resonating traditions and structures, you can play your imagination, giving a new "meaning" to the shapes and forms, as you wander around the city, but at the same time, you are left feeling mesmerised by its past.
I wanted to show what Kyoto and Japan is for me. Just with details.
In all these little boxes, I drew some of the things that I love in Kyoto. Thing that are every where, in all temples, around a house, little things that we forget to appreciate. But they are parts of the city.
Kyoto is a special city with a lot of History, Culture and Arts. For this work I was inspired by Fushimi Inari and the Importance of the Inari Fox in Japanese culture an. I often saw in various festivals children dressed in the Inari costume. The use in my work of the Inari together with the Torii Gate represents the famous Fushimi Inari trails.
Confrontation of the traditional and contemporary elements of architecture in Kyoto.
The theme of my work centers around the mystery of the unknown.
The charm of Kyoto for me is seen within the culture of craft visible in all facets of life. The Golden Pavilion at Kinkakuji Temple is the ultimate representation of the city's focus on craft which shows the character of the community.
Speaking of Kyoto, the first image that came to my mind was that of "Zen". Kyoto is full of history of Buddhist belief. And speaking of the founder of the Zen sect of Buddhism, it is the Dharma, which is widely popular as a lucky item these days. I think that "Dharma", which while having a deep appeal has also got a unique presence, and is the closest to the image of Kyoto.