Metropolitan Fukujusou ( It means “Ice Adonis”)

Name of Residency: Metropolitan Fukujusou

Significance of activity here

As this old house was built in a time when Japan was not rich yet, the inside structure is simple and minimal. One of the artists who stayed here gave me a review that he felt something like Zen by being in this simple and minimal space, this simple lifestyle that seems comfortable after he got used to it, and the pure beauty in it, and he seemed to be able to have new inspirations. (It’s never convenient and not comfortable in some situations, but,)

Such an experience is just one example, but it would be pleasure if you can experience the Japanese traditional life which is being lost little by little even now in Kyoto and feel something from them.

Also, this house is located in a cultural area (inside 5min by walk) with 4 Art Museums (Kyoto National Museums, Kyoto City Museums and the Annex, Hosomi-Museums, Kansai Bijutsu-in (, Kyoto Prefectural Library, Kyoto City  Theater (Rohm Theater), Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts, Kanze hall (Noh theater), Kyoto City Zoo, Kyoto City International Foundation. Besides there are many scenic spots such as famous temples and shrines.  They will be useful for a change of your pace and your mood.

We welcome people who can enjoy the experience of a different culture lifestyle.


Ps, it may be off topics to you but,

A meeting of Zazen has been held at Nanzen-ji Temple (original of Zen-ji Temple, World Heritage), a 15-minute walk from this house. Free of charge but from am 6.

(It’s twice or once in each month, 2nd and 4th Sunday, however it’s off on 4th Sun. Dec. and 2nd Sun. Jan.  )

about “Zazen”,

It’s a basic method of practicing Zen, performing mental unification in a posture that is correct in Buddhism.

Also, it may be translated as Meditation, but meditation and Zazen that close eyes and think are different concepts.

Zazen is an act of correcting the posture with siting cross-legged on the cushion, and the body, breathing and the mind are adjusted and rid oneself of all worldly thoughts for open up new mental world (Buddhahood; Satori).

Please try to experience if you have intrest it

(!) We had a cancellation from 28th Feb 2020, one room for residency has became to vacant.  (At the end of March, many cherry blossoms bloom and it will be suitable for sketching.)

Residency Programme since: 2007
Description of Organisation: This house is traditional Kyo-machiya that is historical building 100 years or more ago. ( It has been certified by Kyoto City.) With this house as the base for residence, I have been making a studio in a 2-minute walk. (To be completed in 2020) And, As a place to present your works, we have partnered with a gallery at Gion (祇園), so you can hold by low price. (15,000 yen per week in staying 1 month case) In addition, we are currently looking for any places where you can present at unique to this area for a more casual style than a gallery exhibision. (it will be after decided, it will be displayed on our website.) Finally, we had run a guest house and art gallery until 2018 in here. (for 12 years) At that time, we had been Superhost by Airbnb of a booking site, so we will can care for residents smoothly after now continue.
Organisation founded in: 2007
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Hotel or Guest house
Working Languages:
  • English
  • Japanese
Duration of residency:
  • Weeks: 1
  • Weeks: 2
  • Weeks: 3
  • Months: 1
  • Months: 2
  • Months: 3
  • Months: 4
  • Months: 5
  • Months: 6
  • Months: 6+
Number of studios: 3
Number of artists in residence at one time: 3
Studio type and size: Shared studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Theatre
  • Printmaking
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
  • New Media
  • Animations
  • Film-making
  • Curatorial
  • Education Programmes
  • Photography
  • Other
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Shared accommodation
  • Shared studio / workplace
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
  • Cleaning
  • Bicycle
What artistic facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Exhibition space
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Partners
  • Does your residency uphold partnerships beneficial to resident artists? : Yes, I will respond positively to it if you consult in advance what you hope.
    Application process: Open call
    Do you charge an application fee for your residency?: Yes
    Do you charge a residency fee for your residency?: Yes
    If yes, what is the residency fee? (in your local currency): It’s 60,00yen to 75,000yen for 1 room 1 month 1 person (No application fee is required if your website, Facebook, or ID is presented in advance)
    Do you provide the residents with any funds associated with the residency? (e.g. stipend, fellowship, production allowance): No
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Housing
    • Other
    Are artists expected to do one of the following during their residency stay?:
    • No requirements
    • Other
    Other activities happening at the space:
    • Workshops
    • Exhibition
    • Open Studios
    • Other
    Selection process: Other
    If other, please specify: We support the activities you want to do, so if you can consult in advance, we will respond as much as possible.
    Setting: Urban
    Nearest Airport: Kansai International Airport (IATA code: KIX / CAO code: RJBB)
    Nearest Train Station: “Higashiyama Subway Station” or “Keage Subway Station” ( around 10min on foot)
    How to reach by plane: Please come to JR Kyoto Station or Sanjo-Keihan Station by JR train or the shuttle bus. It’s possible to reach here by city-bus of No.5. (please get off at Okazakikouen-Doubutsuenmae.)
    How to reach by train: Please come to JR Kyoto Station or Kyoto-Kawaramachi Station or Sanjo-Keihan Station. It’s possible to reach here by city-bus of No.5. (please get off at Okazakikouen-Doubutsuenmae.)
    How to reach by car: Latitude (decimal number), Longitude (decimal number) 35.013962, 135.786082 Latitude, Longitude (hexadecimal number) North latitude 35 ° 0 ’50 “, East longitude 135 ° 47′ 10”
    Street & Number: 18-1 Okazaki Minamigsho-cho
    Postal Code: 606-8334
    City: Kyoto
    Country long: Japan
    18-1 Okazaki Minamigsho-cho
    Kyoto 606-8334 Japan
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