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“Living as a poet in Kyoto”
The first retrospective of Kai Fusayoshi's Photography

at World Heritage Site, Former Imperial Villa Nijo-jo Castle

2019. 9. 21 sat. -10. 6 sun.
open everyday
8:45-17:00(entrance to Nijo-jo castle, available until 4pm)

Nijo-jo Castle [Former imperial villa], Ninomaru-goten Palace Daidokoro (important cultural property)
541 Nijojo-cho, Horikawa-nishi-iru, Nijo-dori, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto
Nearest station: Tozai Subway Line, Nijo-jo mae Station >Access


Nuit Blanche KYOTO 2019
Program

541 Nijojo-cho, Horikawa-nishi-iru, Nijo-dori, Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto
Nearest station: Tozai Subway Line, Nijo-jo mae Station>Access

FREE ADMISSION
Separate entrance fee to Nijo-jo castle required.
600 yen until sept. 30th, 620 yen from oct. 1st

2019 Oct. 5th : Nuit Blanche KYOTO 2019 night also open 6pm – 10pm (entrance available until 9:45pm) Nijo-jo castle is only open for Daidokoro area and separate entrance fee to castle not required after 6pm

Make it through a century to another, day after day, by photographing Kyoto.
From the years of freedom, counterculture and protest to the start of our uncertain times.
Kai Fusayoshi developed a style which is unique for it is out of its time, out of fashion, and yet precisely taking place in the daily life's current affairs of the city. He fashioned visual chronicles of Kyoto's small and big events. No one else is able to see this town the way he does. With tenderness. With gratitude. With a deep humanity knowing to recognize beauty wherever it is, that is to say in each corner of the city and at each moment of the alternating rhythm of the Japanese society, daytime and nightime.
For Kai, taking photos is like breathing. His practice is existential: at each moment, his poetic spirit is in alert. The click of the camera seems to come from an amazement in front of the unexpected things of life, where the beauty lies.
It's a wistful gaze, the eye of a poet on each shot, and therefore on each moment lived.

Curated by
Pascal Beausse Head of the Photographic Collections at CNAP(National Center for Visual Arts), in Paris

KAI Fusayoshi 甲斐扶佐義

Kai Fusayoshi (Born 1949 in Oita pref. Japan) was the owner of the legendary coffee shop “Honyarado” which was lost four years ago in a fire. He also runs Bar “Hachimonjiya”, where various artists gather every night. He is a writer, and above all a photographer who loves Kyoto, which he continues to photograph to this day. He has often been invited to hold exhibitions in foreign galleries and has produced over 40 books. Still today, his desire to create art knows no bounds.

>KAIFUSAYOSHI.WEBSITE


Fairy of the forest.
Tadasu-no-mori Forest 1981

Boy on a unicycle.
Inari-cho 1990

Borrowing both the cat's front and back paws to polish the bricks.
Honyarado 1976

Even crossroads and back alleys are playgrounds for young girls.
Kawaramachi-Imadegawa 1976

Shop owners clearing snow.
Demachi Masugata Shopping Arcade 1976

Bubbles and girls.
1990
© Kai Fusayoshi




Events

Gallery talk by photographer Kai Fusayoshi
Venue: Ninomaru-goten Palace, Daidokoro
Language: Japanese Only

9/21 (Sat) 13:00 -
9/25 (Wed) 14:00 -
10/3 (Thurs) 14:00 -  
Talk by curator Pascal Beausse “Kai Fusayoshi – Kyoto's Poet”
Venue: Nijo-jo Castle, Lecture Room(Next to the main rest area)
Language: French and Japanese

9/21 (Sat) 14:00 – 15:00
Workshop
Let’s take photos with Ishii Shinji and Kai Fusayoshi.
9/29 (Sun) 14:00 - 17:00
participants may join and leave at their leisure. No reservation necessary
Language: Japanese Only

Venue: Ninomaru-goten Palace, Daidokoro, Lecture Room, etc.
*Please bring a camera or a smartphone camera, etc. with which to take photos. 
*Free admission to workshop(Entrance fee to castle required.)
Kids Workshop
“Let's take a close look at the artworks.” by GOALOOK Cram School
9/28 (Sat) ① 14:00 - 15:00 ②15:30 - 16:30
Capacity: 20 students (4th grade elementary - junior high) for each workshop(Reservation recommended. Please contact: kai.exhibition@muz-art.jp)
Language: Japanese Only
*Free admission to workshops(Entrance fee to castle required)
walden woods kyoto
@Nuit Blanche KYOTO 2019

Popular with many young people and tourists, on the day of Nuit Blanche(10/5)only, drinks and light meals will be served at a special Kyoto Café Space, food stand.

Event Reports

Gallery talk by photographer Kai Fusayoshi
Venue: Ninomaru-goten Palace, Daidokoro 9/21 (Sat) 13:00 -
Talk by curator Pascal Beausse
“Kai Fusayoshi – Kyoto's Poet”
Venue: Nijo-jo Castle, Lecture Room(Next to the main rest area) 9/21 (Sat) 14:00 – 15:00




Organizers: Kyoto city, Kai Fusayoshi Photo Exhibition at Former imperial villa Nijo-jo Castle Executive Committee 
Co-organizers: Kyoto City Board of Education, Institut français du Japon Kansai
Sponsors: GRAND MARBLE Corporation, DMG MORI CO., LTD., agnès b. Japan Inc.,
ANACROWNE PLAZA HOTEL KYOTO, NANASAI CO., LTD., Frameman Co., Ltd., YAMAMOTO. CO., LTD, walden woods kyoto, Kyoto Chuo Shinkin Bank, MOTTOX INC.
Partners: mi_office, Senior registered architect office HIEIKOBO, KYOTOGRAPHIE, KG+, galleryMain, Headquarters for Vitalizing Regional Cultures Agency for Cultural Affairs 
Supporter: Kyoto Shimbun Newspaper, THE YOMIURI SHIMBUN KYOTO BUREAU, Kyoto Prefecture
Planned by: MUZ ART PRODUCE