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Vol.14

Enjoying "Kyoto" at Kyo-machiya with a measure of refinement

2016.5.22

TODAY’S GENIUS

Mario Lopez

Anthropologist

Mario Lopez, is associate professor at the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS), Kyoto University. Has lived in Spain, Mexico, the Philippines and Japan and originally from the U.K. He has lived in Japan for 16 years. He is an anthropologist and work mainly in both Japan and the Philippines on marriage migration and aging societies in Asia.

REPORT

We used Kyo-Yuzen (type of dyeing method or pattern) dyeing writer, Mr. Shinichiro Minami’s atelier “Kyo-some-juku.” We invited associate professor of Kyoto University, Mr. Mario Lopez as GENIUS. He is also an anthropologist. The participants had various kinds of specialized fields. And we held a TABLE (exchange party) having bento (Japanese lunch box). Their own specialized fields, differences between Kyoto and the regions that Mr. Lopez had lived in, the future of China, a story of fermented foods… Various topics flew about mainly by Mr. Lopez. What many life experiences Mr. Lopez have!! After lunch, GENIUS and the participants experienced dyeing by using mold of “yu-zen dyeing”. There were a lot of conversations between GENIUS and the participants. All finished goods were wonderful! Plenty of topics in the talk during lunch time and experience of dyeing by using mold of “yu-zen dyeing.” The TABLE was enriched.

TABLE SUPPORTER

Kyo-some-juku

Shinichiro Minami works and lives in a nearly 150-year-old Kyo-Machiya studio. After studying under the guidance of hand-painted Tokyo-Yūzen artist, Shusui Tanaka, Minami later created his own business. Minami now holds workshops, known as the Kyoto Dyeing School, where he hands down the traditional techniques of authentic hand-coloured Kyo-Yūzen, dating back from the Genroku era.
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