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The ArtCamp 2016 international summer school held by the Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art welcomed four Japanese participants and a visiting artist Mr. Kazuhiro Yajima. The group included students from three Japanese art universities and one arts management specialist who also had an opportunity research about ArtCamp and its organisation to assess the possibilities of establishing a similar programme in Akita, Japan. They participated in three one-week art courses each and completed them all successfully. The visiting artist Kazuhiro Yajima taught a one-week course of architecture focused on the Japanese tea house tradition with a very positive feedback from the participants. ArtCamp has proved again to be a useful tool in maintaining and developing our cooperation and relationships with Japanese universities and institutions. 

Written by Lenka Kodýtková (ArtCamp Executive Director)


11 – 29 Jul. 2016


Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art, University of West Bohemia                 

Japanese participant:

course leader:
Kazuhiro Yajima (architect)

course participants:
Takahiro Oguma (gallery representative, graduate of Kyoto University of Art and Design)
Kanata Hiraishi (Akita University of Art)
Chisaki Mori (Tokyo University of the Arts)
Jingyi Wang (Joshibi University of Art and Design)

Related Programs:

  • Public lecture by Kazuhiro Yajima 
    Date: 11 – 15 Jul. 2016
    Venue: Ladislav Sutnar Faculty of Design and Art

  • Artist presentations in the PechaKucha format
    Date: 11, 18 and 25 Jul. 2016
    Venue: Íčko Café, Pilsen

  • Guided tours of the Adolf Loos interiors
    Date: 11-12 Jul. 2016
    Venue:  Adolf Loos interiors, Pilsen                                      

The 8th edition of the international festival for design and visual culture ONE DESIGN WEEK took place in Plovdiv (10-19 June), the European capital of Culture in 2019. In 2016 the theme of the festival was “Can I help you?” and the organizers tried to focus on the different faces design has nowadays. The main aim was to analyze its role within the social context. Part of the official festival program was a Professional Forum who gathered prominent names from the design field from all over the world: Eisuke Tachikawa (Japan), Adam Von Haffner (Denmark), Alice Rawsthorn (United Kingdom), Peter Marigold (United Kingdom), Stephen Serrato (USA), Pieter-Jan Pieters (The Netherlands). The lecture of Eisuke Tachikawa (the director of the Japanese design company NOSIGNER) managed to identify and respond to the social needs in its projects and its mission to provide meaningful social innovation in a variety of fields. Apart from enriching the knowledge of the public on the design practice in Japan, Eisuke Tachikawa had the chance to expand his own horizons, establishing new contacts with design professionals from different parts of the world.

Written by Stanislava Grueva


18 Jun. 2016


House of Culture “Boris Hristov”

Japanese artists:

Eisuke Tachikawa (director of NOSIGNER)

Other participated artists:

Adam Von Haffner (Danmark), Alice Rawsthorn (United Kingdom), Peter Marigold (United Kingdom), Stephen Serrato (USA), Pieter-Jan Pieters (The Netherlands)


“The Golem” was a collaborative theater project of Czech marionettes and Japanese traditional marionettes.  What message could the lifeless puppets send to living mankind? On the globe nowadays, we observe tendencies to seek sameness and to eliminate foreigners for their religion or thoughts.  We resolved to collaborate with Czech puppet theater with different origin, history and custom compared to ours.  With all the different factors, our collaboration started with string puppets as the guide because that seemed the only common point between us.  Czech in the heart of Europe and Japan at the end of the Silk Road. How could the puppets from these two countries work together to construct a new piece of theater?  It was a tough adventure; but as we confirmed our differences while we discussed and showed techniques to one another, gradually we shared the great theme of “The Golem” (dignity of life) that was the core to create the show.  In the differences lies the meaning of creating shows with puppets.  A national puppet embodies unique thoughts and manners to the art of puppetry that was nurtured in long history of people.  Mutual respect in the course of creation brought us the great success as a result.  Creation through differences.  We believe this is indispensable for a successful international collaboration of theaters.

Written by Isshi Youki


5-12 Jun. 2016


Kanagawa Arts Theater (KAAT) Large Studio

Japanese artists:

  • Marionette(Japan) 
    Isshi Youki, Tamiko Youki, Keita Youki (ITOAYATURININGYOU”ISSHI-ZA”)
  • Music
    Yoko Sonoda
  • Actors
    Sarara Tukifune, Satoru Jitunashi, Keiko Yokota
  • Director
    Tengai Amano
  • Doll Maker
    Yumi Hayashi

Other participated artists:

  • Marionette(Czech) 
    Pavel Prochazka, Hulcova Kristynams
  • Part of Direct
    Zoja Mikotová

Related Programme:

  • Czech×Japan talk show & mini performance
    Date: 30 May 2016
    Venue: Czech Centre Tokyo

unfold was Japanese artist Ryoichi Kurokawa’s first UK solo show, exhibited at FACT, Foundation for Art & Creative Technology, 11 March 2016 – 15 June 2016. The exhibition offered a platform for scientists and astrophysicists to open up their research to the public through a new audiovisual commission and exhibition. unfold enabled audiences members to ‘feel the universe’ through Kurokawa’s unique and sensory artwork. Alongside the exhibition there was a dedicated Public Programme, and artworks were also shown at Sound City music festival to an audience of 21,000. The exhibition gained substantial regional, national and international press including articles in The Guardian and Art Review Asia. unfold will tour to Jikji Kestival, Korea; Ars Electronica, Austria; and Scopitone Festival, France.   

Written by Aoife Robinson


11 Mar. – 15 Jun. 2016


FACT (Foundation for Art & Creative Technology), Liverpool

Japanese artists:

Ryoichi Kurokawa

Other participated artists:

Vincent Minier (France), Nicolas Wierinck (Belgium)

Related programmes:

  • syn: Ryoichi Kurokawa
    Date: 11 Mar. 2016
    Venue: Music Room, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic

  • Artist Talk: Ryoichi Kurokawa and Vincent Minier
    Date: 12 Mar. 2016
    Venue: The Box, FACT

  • unfold Curator Tour
    Date: 10 and 19 Mar. 2016
    Venue: Galleries 1 & 2, FACT

  • Re_fold
    Date: 13 Apr. and 5 May 2016
    Venue: The Jacaranda

  • Ryoichi Kurokawa: Sound City
    Date:  28 -29 May 2016
    Venue: Sound City Festival


Traditional Japanese dance jiutamai steadily winning growing numbers of enthusiasts in Europe. Lustrous performance set to Chopin and Polish folk tales.

The performance was a result of long preparations carried parallely on both, Japanese and Polish sides. There was only one face to face meeting in December 2015 and much of arduous distant work which was confronted and joined into consistent performance during two days of intensive rehearsals. The hall was almost full and we have got many congratulations and enthusiastic reviews just after the performance. Not only general audience but also most of Polish enthusiast of Japanese dance and shakuhachi music who had contacted us earlier to make reservations were attracted to the performance. After three days of intensive jiutamai workshop, the dancers who attended (and also a few others who were not able to attend at the time) gathered to create a regular workshop group located in Wroclaw which will be managed in Poland by Hana Umeda and from distance by Tokijyo Hanasaki. There was also a good contact to three of Polish shakuhachi musicians which can be first step to create interesting collaboration between them and between the musicians and NAMI Foundation. During the rehearsals days, an improvised shakuhachi workshop with master Ishikawa has organized for them. Also the next jiutamai performance by the team of Tokijyo Hansaki is initially planned for the next year in Poland.

(Grazyna Pogorzelska)


21 Jun. 2016


Chamber Hall at Impart (Wroclaw, Polamd)

Japanese participant:

Tokijyo Hanasaki, Toshimitsu Ishikawa, Shino Hanasaki, Mitsunaga Kanda

Related Program:

● jiutamai workshop
 Date: 17-19 Jun. 2016
 Venue: High School Number 9
● shakuhachi workshop
 Date: 20 Jun. 2016
 Venue: Chamber Hall at Impart

Dream joint performance by Hosokawa and Märkl: The world of trumpet concerto and orchestra

From the Organizer:

The Basque National Orchestra will perform pieces by Toshio Hosokawa on season 2016-2017 with the purpose also to make a CD for the world’s leading classical music label NAXOS. The conductor will be its principal conductor Mr. Jun Märkl who in 2014 presented two Hosokawa discs with Royal Scottish National Orchestra (Naxos). Born in Munich, his German father was a distinguished Concertmaster and his Japanese mother a solo pianist. Märkl studied violin, piano and conducting at the Musikhochschule in Hannover, studying with Celibidache in Munich and with Gustav Meier in Michigan. In 1986 he won the conducting competition of the Deutsche Musikrat and a year later won a scholarship from the Boston Symphony Orchestra to study at Tanglewood with Bernstein and Ozawa. He is now playing an active role in the international music world.


13-17 Dec. 2016


Kursaal (San Sebastian)


Basque National Orchestra

Japanese artists:

Toshio Hosokawa (composer) and Jun Märkl (conductor)


Fostering shogi fans of the future! The appeal of shogi open to everyone from children to adults.

Shogi started in Poland as the game for self-learning, mainly adult people usually meeting on virtual boards. During last few years a network of tournaments has been developed but there was still a lack of separate youth tournaments (which are generally lacking in Europe with only few exceptions). There is also a luck of youth and children training methods and of efforts to promote shogi among children. The tournament was held to fulfill this lack and to make a connection between European groups interested in training of young shogi players and between the young players themselves. Although only Belarussian children joined the tournament, we were able to make close contacts with groups from Ukraine and Germany, which can bear fruits next years.

(Maciej Pogorzelski)


23-24 Jul. 2016


Wroclaw City Public Library

Japanese participant:

Madoka Kitao (Ladies 2-dan Shogi Professional), Kota Fujiwara

Japanese partner: 

International Shogi Popularization Society


Polish Shogi Association

Related Programme:

Meeting of Madoka Kitao with shogi players
Date: 22 Jul, 2016
Place: NAMI Foundation
Dobutsu shogi in Wroclaw ZOO (Festival of Dobutsu Shogi Day 1)
Date: 22 Jul, 2016
Place: ZOO in Wroclaw
Dobutsu shogi open tournament (Festival of Dobutsu Shogi Day 2)
Date: 23 Jul, 2016
Place: Barbara, Wroclaw

Wroclaw performance and workshop by Shunputei Ichinosuke, rakugo performer traveling throughout Europe.

Although rakugo was shown in Poland before, we had an opportunity to introduce rakugo to Wroclaw. Big interest starting a few months before the date revealed a group of Polish rakugo fans ready to travel the country to see the rakugo show. The performance gathered over 150 viewers of different ages and different genres. Some of them were Japan language professionals, some general fans of Japanese cultures, some fans of theatre and even quite many young fans of anime. This mix have created very involved audience who also engaged themselves in a very interesting Q&A session after the show.

(Grazyna Pogorzelska) 


27 Jul. 2016 


Impart Hall, Wroclaw


Ichinosuke Shunputei, Koharu Tatekawa

Related Program:

●Rakugo Workshop 
 Date: 26 Jul. 2016
 Venue: NAMI Foundation

Japanese calligraphy enjoys acclaim in Europe. A rich world of experience through the work and workshop of Kumamoto-born calligrapher Tanso Moriyama.

The position of Japanese calligraphy is well established in Europe but there is very little opportunity to see best contemporary artworks like these by Tanso Moriyama commented and explained by one of his students – Sayuri Goto. The exhibition will be placed in the new (still built) house of local division of Public Library of Wroclaw at the main railway station. The division keeps high devotion to Japanese literature. The Director of Japanese Department, Ms. Daria Waszczuk often helps to organize Japanese culture events in Wroclaw. The exhibition will be accompanied by open workshop for wide audience and short intensive course for a small group.


 Date:7-28 Dec. 2016

 Venue: Wroclaw City Public Library Division 42

 Japanese artist:  Tanso Moriyama (exhibition), Sayuri Goto-Fuksiewicz (explanation)

Related Programs:

・Meeting with Sayuri Goto-Fuksiewicz

 Date: 28 Dec. 2016

 Venue: Wroclaw City Public Library Division 42

・Japanese Calligraphy Workshop

 Date: 21-22 Jan. 2017

 Venue: Polish-Japanese Friendship Foundation NAMI

 Japanese artist: Julia Yamato



High levels of achievement established among Polish bonsai enthusiasts. Contrastive demonstrations and contest for identifying young talent held simultaneously by Japanese and British bonsai instructors.

Triennale Bonsai is organized yearly in one of the three countries co-operating in the project: Poland, Czech Republic and Germany. This year’s edition in Wroclaw was somehow exceptional because of the number of expositors, of the trees – there were 43 exhibitors, 134 bonsai. Special appearance of Koji Hiramatsu and Kevin Willlson have made the slogan of the Triennale East meets West, West meets East exceptionally accurateThe program included: the main competition; New Talents Contest; Masters Demonstration and workshops by Koji and Kevin; Polish/Czech/German Demonstration. There was also a parallel program of Japanese culture including: kendo and iaido demonstrations and workshops, origami and chopsticks workshops for children, kimono demonstration and yukata dressing for visitors. To complete the wide program we needed the help by 17 volunteers of Polish Bonsai Association, 17 of NAMI Foundation and 5 of Wroclaw City volunteering. Triennale was a great meeting of bonsai enthusiast by also a great public event. We have a strong competition of many cultural events and the result of 1250 visitors seems really impressive.

(Grazyna Pogorzelska)


30 Apr. – 1 May 2016


IASE Hall (Wroclaw, Poland)

Japanese participant:

Koji Hiramatsu

Related Programmes:

Date Programs Venue
30 April 2016 New Talents Contest IASE Hall
Iaido – show and workshop
Kendo – show and workshop
Masters' Demonstration by Koji and Kevin
Kimono show
How to use chopsticks - workshop
1 May 2016 Master's workshop by Koji Hiramatsu
Master's workshop by Kevin Willson
Kendo – show and workshop
Polish/Czech/German Show
How to use chopsticks - workshop
Origami workshop

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