Matsudo Community Planning Council, with the support from pachinko (Japanese pinball) parlor &lsquoRAKUEN&rsquo, establishes an Artist-in-Residence program called &lsquoPARADISE AIR&rsquo on the vacant upper floors of the parlor.The residence name comes from &lsquoRAKUEN&rsquo, which means paradise in Japanese. Once, the city of Matsudo prospered as a post town, and many travelers took a rest when traveling between Edo and Mito. Some local residents still keep works of writers and painters of the time, because the artists left their works as a substitute for lodging charge. Inspired by the history of Matsudo, &lsquoPARADISE AIR&rsquo holds up &lsquoOne Night One Art&rsquo policy &ndash perform/play/hold an event for the people in Matsudo and stay in the residence for free- and acts as a creative base for international artists. The residence is a two-minute walk from Matsudo Station, and Matsudo is located in between central Tokyo and Narita, where foreign visitors and low cost airlines land. Taking advantage of the good location, the program will be a new transit point for young artists within and outside the country. Given that the residence used to be a hotel and now a pachinko parlor, unique characteristics of the residence have drawn much attention from overseas as well.

Residency Programme since: 2013
Organisation founded in: 2013
What type of organisation are you?:
  • Independent Association/Foundation
Working Languages:
  • English
Presentation of artists’ work: Arranged on a case-by-case basis
Duration of residency:
  • Weeks: 2
Number of studios: 2
Number of artists in residence at one time: 2
Studio type and size: Private studio
Accommodation type:
Private Room
Which disciplines does your residency cater to?:
  • Visual Art
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramics
  • Dance
  • Theatre
  • Performing Arts
  • Textile Art
  • Music
  • Literature
What practical facilities does your residency offer to artists?:
  • Kitchen
  • Internet
Is your residency wheelchair accessible?: No
Companions Allowed:
  • Children
  • Partners
  • Application process: Open call
    Expenses paid by the artist:
    • Travel
    • Food
    Expenses paid by the organisation:
    • Production costs
    Selection process: By committee
    Setting: Urban
    Street & Number: #401, Hamatomo Bld., 15-4, honcho,
    Postal Code: 271-0091
    City: Matsudo-city
    Country long: Japan
    #401, Hamatomo Bld., 15-4, honcho,
    Matsudo-city 271-0091 JPN
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