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Jidai matsuri (festival) and traditional Japanese fashion

2019.10.15

surprise box“Tamatebako”


 

There is a small surprise box which is named “Tamatebako” in all our guest rooms. We present something seasonal from Kyoto in the box every season. The topic for this month is “Learn the tradition of Japanese ornaments from Jidai matsuri”. 

 

Jidai matsuri (festival) is one of three important festivals in Kyoto, and is a festival of Heian shrine. It is held every 22nd of October every year, but it will be held on 26th of October because of the ceremony of enthronement. The festival started in 1895 to celebrate the 1100th anniversary of the relocation of the capital to Heian-kyo(ancient Kyoto). ‬‬

 

Please enjoy the difference in fashion style for every era with the acquired traditional Japanese skills.

Gion Matsuri Festival

2019.07.08

Gion Matsuri Festival


 

Gion Matsuri festival is held annually in Kyoto throughout July. Not only the parades on the 17th and the 24th, there is more to see during the month. One of them being Gion Bayashi, which is a group of musicians who make unique rhythms at the top of Yama-hoko floats. It consists of gongs, drums and flutes. Two of our kanra staff went to a workshop of gongs in Uji, Kyoto. (There are only a few places that makes gongs in Kyoto)

 

 

Nanjo workshop in Uji, Kyoto has been making not only orins (Buddhist bell), but also gongs for the festival for over 180 years. They use Sahari, which is a type of metal that contains well compounded tin and bronze. A casting was processed by only four craftsmen in a very hot work shop like a sauna.
〈process〉 1. Heat the Sahari (well compounded tin and bronze) up to 1300℃
2. Pour the Sahari into a handmade soil mold
3. Remove it from the mold and heat it again
4. Whittle it to adjust the sound and shape

 

 

An echoing sound of orin by Nanjo workshop is not a mass production, and it always composes our mind. The sound of orin will be changed depending on a quality of a mold, a casting and a whittling process. Because there is no perfect way to make “a good orin”, they try to remove the negative parts throughout the process.

 

 

A casting is done two or three times in a month. They have a routine drink on the days, and we enjoyed it together.

 

 

Mr. Kazuya Nanjo (left in the picture) is a following 7th president of Nanjo workshop. He used to be a chef in Kyoto. When he went to the workshop for the first time that is actually his wife’s family business, he was attracted to how amazing a process of orin was, and how good the sound of orin was. It’s been 17 years since he started making orins. As he met many craftsmen in different genres, he started to think about not making Buddhist altar fittings but making sounds instead. He wants us to choose a sound, enjoy it and feel it in our daily life. He recently launched a new brand called LinNe which is a small orin to let us feel more sounds of orin in our daily life. URL linne-orin.com

 


 

In 2015, Ofune-hoko, literally a big shaped-ship float revived to a Yama-hoko Junko parade after 150 years. The 5th president of Nanjo workshop, a casting engineer, Kazuo found out the fact that a gong of Ofune-hoko that was decorated in an exhibition room, was made by his ancestor. Because of that, he offered a donation and decided to make gongs to revive them. Other than Ofune-hoko, recently they made gongs for Naginata-hoko, Kanko-hoko, Kitakannon-yama and Minamikannon-yama. Mr.Kazuya Nanjo goes to Gion Matsuri festival every year, and he can recognize a sound of orin that he made. The more we beat a gong, the softer it will be and the more it increases the charm. I was impressed with his idea that he would like us to choose not an orin, but a sound. He wants us to choose our own favourite sound. He has been trying to make some places to feel a sound of orin in our daily life.

 

 

We borrowed one of their orins, and you can try to beat it in the lounge on the 1st floor. Please enjoy it throughout July! We would like to introduce you to a tradition of Gion Matsuri festival through a sound of gongs.

Concept room “ oku ”

一期一会のこの部屋で、あなただけの“ oku ”を探しに。


「oku」と聞いて何が思い浮かぶでしょうか。
奥行き、奥ゆかしさ、奥深い、奥座敷、奥の院・・・
日本の文化や暮らしを考える上で、切っても切れない概念の一つが
「奥:oku」なのではないでしょうか。
この概念の基に、和紙職人・ハタノワタルの空間を、
各職人が表現したコンセプトルーム“ oku ”。
この空間を体験することで、
あなた自身にとっての“ oku ”に出会ってみて下さい。










コンセプトルームには作家の意向によりテレビがございません。 和紙や絵画と茶や墨で染められた布や石などの素材・光と影などがお互い呼応されて作り出される“ oku ”をお愉しみください。

作家紹介

和紙職人  ハタノワタル

建築家    大橋史人

布      アリサト工房

造園     京庭なる井

陶芸家     清水善行

【ご宿泊に際しての注意事項】
・こちらのお部屋にはテレビがございません。あらかじめご了承ください。

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kyoto artisan × hotel kanra kyoto

2018.11.10

 

hotel kanra kyoto is a comunity-based hotel and providing a high quality traveling space.
 
Five artisans will propose new ways to use crafts in various places at the hotel. Participating craftsmen are Sachi Manabe (Yuzen hand silk printing), Madoka Wakunami (Kyoyaki, celadon), Chiba Koji (Kyoto fan), Kazuya Nanjyo (Naruto Shinku Buddhist altar fittings), Yamamoto Keiko (Kata-Yuzen), these craftsmen are all representing Kyoto and have great techniques.
 
Please wander around the hotel and experience these techniques with your five senses.
 
 
 
Term : 20th of Nov. ~ 3rd of Dec.
Place : all facilities in hotel kanra kyoto

Odakyu Electric Railway and UDS Ltd./ Ellista Ltd. has started local tours with English speaking guides!

2018.10.16

We are delighted to announce that Odakyu Electric Railway and UDS Ltd. /ELLISTA Ltd. has launched local tours for overseas visitors in Japan. Reservation has commence on October 1st, and the tour has started on October 8th. Booking in advance is required for all tours, and all tours will be guided by an English speaking local guide. We will start with Shimokitazawa, Yoyogihachiman, Oyama, and Odawara, and plan to expand the area in coming months.

Please join us in discovering the local gems!

The tours take place in the Kanto region only. We are now preparing a free walking mini-tour for Kyoto area, so please stay tuned!

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