2018.10.04 Thursday

I like it here!


    Yesterday I went to Shinyuku Garden -National Garden- but didn't take the right train, so I dropped off at Waseda Station and walked around an hour through surprisingly empty streets and avenues. Of course, I got lost but I could find myself again. I like it much more in non-tourist locations.




    2017.11.10 Friday

    Surabaya - Haneda - Kichijoji



      Hello my name is kuro im from Indonesia, 

      right now im join with ongoing ongoing art residency program (so lucky)

      and this is my first posting on blog :) :) i hope you 're enjoy my stories



      Goes To Japan


      CONFUSE!it's probably the most fitting word for my chance to join residency in On Going Art Center – Japan. Excited? ABSOLUTELY! Nervous ABSOLUTELY TOO! Haha. I’m exciting cause I never travel to foreign country before, and now I have opportunity goes to Japan and learning many things about art, culture, people and et cetera. FOR FREE! J But in other side, my wife recently pregnant and I can’t take care of herfor almost two months. I never expecting that my family and my friend give me support to follow this residency. And the struggling journey goes to Japan has begin… 


      HURRY UP!

      When the document permit from On Going Japan has arrived, actually I’m in unhealthy condition. But show must go on! Imust go to Japan Embassy for process the document, but i think that day the earth, wind, sand and sun not recognize with me L the embassy was closed! My heart broken for a while, but I remember in Indonesia there always “CALO” in every sector. Oke,let’s find out! I drove to Japan Tour and Travel Agency and tell that I need VISA to Japan imidiately. But, what I get? Just another broken harted reality. Agency can’t read hand lettering in those document permit and saying I must have minimal 35million rupiahs for go to Japan L  SO SAD L But my wife keep pushing me go to Japanese Languange Institute for checking those document and finding help maybe those help me to get VISA.



      My day after that, I go to Japan embassy and guess what? Just need 4 days to get Visa Japan. Yay! My heart is so warming haha ​​... but when you think think everything will be okay, actually is not okay anyway. My step father Pass Away Two Has Days After That L Huft. Marathon Broken Hearted News ... And I Do Not Know What I Supposed To Do.








      After eight hours flight, I can see firsthand the country   where  doraemon lives. It feels like mixed up, between            happy, anxious and dazed. I walked to the   immigration  queue I passed by staring blankly   toward the airfield               through a very large glass, sometimes I’m taking picture.When I get to the immigration department I’m   worried           about whether he will confiscate my stuff?  I'm getting nervous because it's the first time I've  gone abroad.              They checked my bag of paper work, and I surprised  when the immigration authorities  opened my  portopholio book.     They  ask me? “this is yours?” I say  yes that was mine” and I see   they smiling to me. Imade it through immigration with a smile. Yippie! 



      After that, I call Yukie, Sachi and Nozomutold them I was here. Yukie guided me to buy a Kichijoji bus ticket at the bus counter.The bus I use may be the same as the inter-city bus in Indonesia, the bus is big enough only at that time I became the only passenger. It seems that it does not matter, the driver still runs the bus normally and heads to Kichijoji.

      Along the way, I looked out the window. Looking at the view of the city of Tokyo that make me amazed, because all the way I was treated to a beautiful view of the house and building.






      Finally has arrived in Kichijoji! The moment I got off the bus I was on the bench opposite the station, it was a kind of public seating with an elephant statue nearby and a pay phone shelter. I also see the square in front of this station, used for the campaign event of the Japanese politician before general election. Sitting down on the bench, Yukie guided me to go to Ongoing.She said that the distance from the stadium to Ongoing only takes 10 minutes walk. While looking at maps and photographs sent as a guide I enjoyed the bright sunshine of Japan that was quite stinging that day.

      Kichijoji itself is also included in the Tokyo section. If we take the domestic train very easily and close Ifyou wanna go to the city center like Shinjuku, Roponggi maybe need 20-40 minutes. I think in Tokyo, especially in Kichijoji is a very nice place to live. Not many buildings towering up here,never see traffic jam or solid vehicles on the streets. The air is very fresh. Maybe I will discuss about this city in another article.






      Well, actually that day Ongoing was closed but Nozomu Ogawa was inside waiting for me. After chit chat welcoming greeting, we both walk to residency house. The house I live in will also be my studio for the next two months. After bathing and smoking this feeling gets so happy and then I go downstairs to talk to Ogawa san. He lays a few things related to what's in his house like garbage and how to cook rice. The Japanese are very orderly with matters concerning cleanliness. Garbage should be able to be sorted independently making it easier to recycle. There are certain days where garbage officers come to pick up trash, there are days where only plastic waste is picked up, there are days taking cardboard, paper, and glass bottles. Even the color of plastic is distinguished, so officers easily distinguish the contents of the garbage bag.

      Ogawa san tasted me food that day and until now I'm lucky to enjoy the various dishes made by him. It's so tasy. Especially his soba noodles!  He said that the soba noodles are from flowers, so very good for health. I hope I can cook something here but I've never learned to cook. We talk a few things and he also said that tonight is Ongoing to organize a small party. Sound interesting!


      This party is so special for me because I can meet many people from members of collective Ongoing.  This farewell party for one member who will residency in chiang mai Thailand for approximately one year. Eating and drinking beer was an exciting event and before the show. I started to get acquaintedwith some of the members, but my memory was pretty lousy, so I had to ask them names a few times. Making Japanese dumplings is also the thing I did before the show started, and we eat the dumplings together.



      pin from chiharu kun and tomo kun



      Beer on hand, cigarettes, and delicious food and many friendly friends gave me a wonderful memory. Previously I was very nervous to chat with them, because it was my poor English skill and this is the first time I've been a minority in a They make me feel very comfortable. Many people are nice here. What a great party!


      see ya in the next posting






















      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!





        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.