2017.03.16 Thursday

Bunchi Diary


    5 March ( Sunday )

    Get Lost Everywhere 


    Arrived in TOKYO NARITA Airport around 2 pm, the first situation I faced is the wheels of my suitcase was broken. The first task is to buy a new one. The next task is I need to find the place “Kichijoji” because I get lost later on. Finally, I arrived Art Center Ongoing at 8pm …  Good job. Hi Nozomu and Sachiko, they are waiting for me. After I put down my luggage, I had a nice dinner with Sachiko in a traditional Japanese restaurant. That place become one of my favorites restaurant because of the family-style. 




    6 March ( Monday )

    See Doctor Day

    The first activity for me is to go to see doctor which is a Chinese medicine shop recommended by Sachiko. I finish the task with google translate and the hands dance. I think it is not expensive. The medicine just cost 600 yen per day! 4536 yen for one week treatment. I hoped to get well soon. Later on, I just walk around Kichijoji. I found that Muji here have sell bicycle. and then, I discovered a second-hand book shop near-by which is 古本よみた屋. It is excited.



    7 March ( Tuesday )

    Discover Mitaka City 三鷹市


    It is still in a sick day. I feel tired all the time and just try to discover the place near-by. I went to the Mitaka Station and meet a Museum soon - Mitaka City Gallery of Art. It shows a lot of little sculpture which have some birds, insect, wild herb, monster, etc. Tiny but delicate. Later, I went into a book shop and drop down some places in travel books. I followed the information and find a vintage shop with cafe called”小古道具”, and the coming is another vintage shop call”Smile-antiques”. They are good but a bit expensive in price. It is come to the dinner time and I just went into a Japanese restaurant with “大眾食堂” in the title. I know that It will be cheaper by my experience. They are passionate! As I have said that I don’t know Japanese but they still keep serving me in Japanese. hahaha therefore, I just point at some dishes in the menu and let see what I had ordered. Oh! It is sausage and Fried meat ball! Great and delicious! When I back to my House, here is Abe jan! The house keeper came back! Haha She is nice as we shared a song with “Cho tto ma te” which is a Japanese Song and sent to HK which sing by Sammi Cheung.





    8 March ( Wednesday )

    Discover Kichijoji 吉祥寺


    I feel dramatic everyday with the gardening here. Btw, I find a new way every-time from my house to the station. This time I found a shop underground “ Vada antiques” which is beautiful and I chat a while with the staff. There are lots of ceramic goods which come from 沖繩 Okinawa. After visited some book shops there, I back home to prepare a sharing on tomorrow.






    9 March ( Thursday )
    House Warming Party

    It is a real Japanese and English practice day. Haha I meet a lot of new friends from Japan and also US (Matt jay). We chat a lot and smoothly move to my presentation. After that, we discussed about my work, the politics in HK, the poetic, the housing problem of HK, Japan and US, the superstition, my two moles in hands, blood type …… until 12 am. It is funny to hear that Japanese believes in moles and the blood type. They all know their blood type and for me, blood b, is bullied… haha maybe they are lazy. The Party was ended around 12 and the other party in my house started. Kanako chat with me the whole night with two slept beauties. She is a smart and cute girl. I think it is what cultural exchange is in our chat, we really talk deep.




    10 March ( Friday )

    A Lazy Day in Inokashira Park 井の頭恩賜公園 and Nishi-ogikubo 西荻窪

    Walk around Kichijoji and the big big Inokashira Park. Relax and enjoy. At night, I went to Nishi-ogikubo until 9pm. As I am so hungry, I just walk into a Japanese bar. I think it is too passionate for me. But anyway, I meet a couple to help me translate. The chef cook the foods in front of me and I made new friends.




    11 March ( Saturday )

    A dating with Sachi and a talk of HORIO Kanta


    We went to the 初台 station in the afternoon and visited some gallery around. As our goal is to listen a talk of HORIO Kanta. It is weird but luckily that we found the free ticket of that show in a private gallery! We meet another ongoing artist outside Yumiko Chiba Associates, and the also the artist Motohiro TOMII 富井大裕 with his current exhibition. Later on, we went to ICC to see the show OPEN SPACE 2016 and we both inspired by the talk by HORIO Kanta. For the dinner, we went to a Japanese bar and have a really nice chat. We talked about the arts community here and my difficulties. We talk too much and nearly forgot to back home.



    12 March ( Sunday )

    Antique Market and Opening of Isaji


    Get up earlier to visit the Tomioka-hanchimangu Shrine Antique Market 富岡八幡宮古董市場. I got a lots of goods there but it closed really early around 2pm. Afterwards, It is Isaji’s show opening! Many people are there and It happened again that a party ended and another party started in my house. Kenji and Isaji came to our house with two sleeping beauties again hahaha. We chat from art community to politics to love relationships until the morning! Amazing talk!



    13 March ( Monday )

    When I get up, Kenji bring me to a second-hand book shop in Kichijoji which I haven't visit before and we go to 新御茶丿水 station. There are a lot of second-hand music instrument shop and book shop! I am excited. He bring me to a book shop call 夏目書房. I spent a whole day there!





    2017.01.20 Friday

    My New Year 2016-17 in Japan (part 1)


      Most of offices and shops were closed ,everyone went back to their 'home'.


      My pesidency time period is between 2016-17 ,so it's very lucky for me to experienced the japanese countdown and new year in this transitional time. 

      from Dec 20 , i could felt that people start to have countdown mentality in thier mind.Same as aother country-It s PARTY time - to farewell the old year and welcome the new year (new life? that they believed.). This Part 1 will show you about my experiences that i had from last week of 2016 til the countdown time to 2017.



      Tsukiji Fish market - the most recommend to check out and here,you can smell the freshness.


      I went to Tsukiji with Nishioka-san and Kaho ( They are Teratotera volunteer) to shopping a fish for forget the year party food for Teratotera members at night

      we met up very early and Nishioka-san,he s a guy who expert in this area and he's a guide for this trip (He 's the one who a special cheif for party as well).  

      tourist are not allowed to take a photo in restricted area , because this market is not design for visitor or tourist ,so pathway quite narrow and 'rocket car' and many workers always move and working.it may cause of accident or disturb to their work.During the walk inside we have to keep an eyes on and be careful.



      Gotcha .In this Santa bag included, big fish and ice. it was about 4-5 kg.


      nearby fish market, there is a famous japanese omelet shop, so crowded customers and we bought this for our party too.


      After finished shopping ,we went to sushi restaurant around Tsukiji area for lunch. Nishioka-san recommneded this one ,old school sushi bar. We were not disappoint. it was awesome tasty.


      Party time! NIshioka-san stands up for opening speech. Kanpai!


      yellow shirt girl is my super-research assistant, Kaho.


      Here we goooo. so i thought my tongue can dance that moment.



      Nextday , Christmas eve's. I went out at night with Kenji (my friend and national artist in parallel universe).

      it was little despair because for christmas eve night out it should be a date for love couple. But..... 

      Anyway.we went out to visit a gallery in Asakusa.They had opening exhibition event of Rirkrit ,Yoko Ono and other artists 's art work.



      After that we hung out at Sensoji temple and drinking with izakaya style. yeah under freezing weather.



      "fake beer , mix before drink" Kenji said.

      I was drunk and i had a super hangover in the next morning.


      28 December , Ongoing Art Center BIG PARTY. Very big meeting party of Ongoing Collective ,there was full house of friends and unlimited beer and alcohol formular. Yeahhh

      Don't think, just drink ,laugh and forget the year



      Nozomu was giving his speech "Thank you everyone and Ongoing going to be 9 years anniversary next year..." wow


      someone died in duty on second floor.


      And finally , 31 Dec 2016 - Countdown night!

      Tokyo countdown time is not so popular for public countdown celebration. there was no big event or big fire work show this time difference frome other big city. In general , it's pretty quite atmosphere ,less people on the street , shops were closed. Japanese people prefer to stay at home with family than party outside. Unexpected surprise to me , I was almost alone that night but i still had Kenji,the dude. 

      No where to go then we decided to Asakusa zone again. This is a new Tokyo tower.


      Many thousands of people went to Sensoji temple to make a wish and pray for new year coming

      Kenji said it was very impressive time and great moment to countdown,so he brought me to themepark and saw local comedians show 30 mins before countdown and then yeah Booom "Happy new year 2017" ..Wat!... a Super _ucking impressive i ever experienced

      traditional new year sake' drink

      back to Sensoji again ,to make a wish.

      Bought a holy item , depend on what kind of power you what to pump up to your life



      All it was about hard party time and impressive memory ;-)


      Ok,that's it for this part. Thank for reading

      See you next vol.  

      2017.01.12 Thursday



        first conversation in Japan with this guy at Haneda airport shuttle bus station - so lost in translation but somehow we can understand to not understand by common and context.


        Hello anyone who reading this Ongoing AIR blog 

        My name is Yhod (nickname) ,Thawiphat Praengoen.From Thailand the land of madness and magical insanity.

        I have got great opportunity to being participated in Ongoing Residency Program for two months ,Dec 2016-Feb 2017 for research and making a exhibition in final month. 


        I have been here almost a month now. From now on i will write "blog" to share about some of my experiences and ideas that i got from this extraordinary time.   

        This is a first vol. 




        This is a first time in Japan, the first world country. Ofcourse, I had cultural shock somtimes and I had to learn fast automatically about the new 'order' and social perception as a new language and conciousness to fit in and living here smoothly. The first week ,it was very intense and exciting for me. Following these are some examples I want to share.


        I had to download this pix and saved in my phone to keep remind and recognize about signs of each garbage type


        As you known, Japan has strict and complicate about garbage separation system.Less and specific bin in public.I come from the country that people and city not so serious about garbage seperation and recycle management,so I had to keep focus and learn this system works ASAP. Garbage cannot be just thrown away into a bin anymore,it s a task and public responsbility. 


         Very convenince and predictable time for travel ,if you can use train by urself.                 I had to tune up my walking speed more 50% to catch up Japanese speed.


        Even walking and public transportation have thier own convention and order in detail as well. 


        "Zoooddddd Zoooooooooddd......"                                                                                      " Oishi iii iii....."


        Eating noodles and soup in proper Japanese way is not easy because you have to make "sound" during eat. Level of loud will show how good the food delicious and taste , it's like a compliment and thankful for chief.   

        Eating quitely is impolite and seem like disrespectful or showing this food not so good. 

        it's very hard for me. this so opposite to my culture. Everytime after finishing the meal I would fix this feeling by saying thank you and Oishiii directly.



        Japan is a very hi-tech country. we can see advanced-machine and innovation in everydaylife so many things. Electronic-Toilet is one of them. First time experienced I got very awkward feeling. But now we are best friend ,especially the warming seat system, it's a answer of fundamental humankind problem, sitting on toilet in winter will never be the same,here.



        Next time I will write my experince about New Year time in Japan 2016-17


















        2016.11.23 Wednesday

        Helena Hamilton: Week 5/6/7


          Week 5/6/7


          I will be installing my work Monday and Tuesday next week.  Throughout my time here I have begun researching and creating a new body of work - following the materials that I chose to use - paper and sound.  I have found the minimalist Japanese design, fashion and iconography very inspiring.


          The work that I will show at Ongoing is the beginnings of this new body of work, running themes of repetition, simplicity, order and effect.  One of my main experiences here has been the juxtaposition of a uniquely defined and extremely successful structure within the masses of people, happenings and places - I have never before experienced order like here in Tokyo, where no matter how busy, loud or intense a given space is there is never disorder, and this order is followed in a very diligent and polite manner.  Without consciously meaning to, this has become evident in the work that I am producing through different strategic decisions made throughout the process of experimenting and creating.  It is often the way within my practice that only when I take time to write and reflect on how and what I am creating that I begin to see these links in the chain of experience and creation.


          This work will continue to develop when I return home.

          2016.11.07 Monday

          Helena Hamilton: Week 2/3/4


            Helena Hamilton: Week 2/3/4


            I realise I didn’t introduce my work in the last post - here is a link to my website: www.helenahamilton.com


            Throughout week 2, 3 and 4 I have further explored areas including Shinjuku, Shibuya, Ueno and Ryogoku.  I visited the Tokyo Metropolitan Teien Art Museum to see the current  exhibition ‘The Art is in the Detail: Art Deco and the Former Prince Asaka Residence’ and Christian Boltanski’s exhibition ‘Animitas– Les âmes qui murmurent’.  I’ve been a fan of Christian Boltanski’s work for years so it was really great to see.  I also went to see the works on show at 3331 Arts Chiyoda for the Japan Media Arts Festival 20th anniversary ‘Power to Change’ exhibition and the Open Space 2016: Media Conscious exhibition at the ICC. 


            Christian Boltanski


            Teien Art Museum






            Toshogu Shrine, Ueno



            Inokashira Park




            Sachiko kindly met me one weekend and brought me to one of the oldest paper shops in Tokyo - Itoya.  I’m very interested in paper and plastic here and and currently developing work using both. 


            Itoya store - paper



            I have been concentrating more on the source whether it be sonically or visually e.g. creating more sculptural works and recording a lot of audio which I am currently composing a sound piece with. When composing sound works I sketch how I feel a work should develop whilst listening to the recordings, then follow the sketch as I create the work, see image below. I’m very interested in how this will further develop.


            Audio plan