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Robert Yellin’s Newsletter: Takeuchi Shingo Exhibition & Local Kyoto Talent

Takeuchi shingo

To all Friends of our gallery, Greetings from Kyoto!

It’s been a while since our last email to you and we hope this finds all lovers of beauty well. Here we are so pleased with our move to Kyoto and have been able to greet many visitors whom otherwise we wouldn’t have had the pleasure to do so. We sincerely hope that one day you’ll be able to visit this magical city and stop on by.

Our gate is always open.

Takeuchi Shingo Exhibition

In the meantime though there is so much new work on the web gallery that we hope you have seen. Now we’re having a one-man exhibition of Seto veteran ceramic artist Takeuchi Shingo, whose works are all hand-coiled and speak of exotic forms and organic color schemes. Some of his works are subdued in charcoal gray tones and are very much Zen-ish in attitude. Takeuchi’s works have been exhibited in countless juried exhibitions that include the Japan Traditional Arts and Crafts Exhibition (’82 ’85 ’86 ’87 ’88 ’94), the Asahi Ceramics Exhibition(’84 ’86 ’87 ’88 ’91 ’99), and the Taiwan Ceramics Biennale (’04 ’08). We hope you create a moment to see Takeuchi’s works online until next Wednesday. Takeuchi will be in the gallery this weekend and if anyone would like to Skype and say hello or to see works in real time please do so. By searching Skype for Robert Yellin, that should do.

After that look for Kako Katsumi’s exhibition online, a true rising star, starting on March 30th.

Local Kyoto Talent

We’ve also discovered some amazing local talent, including Kyoto veteran ceramic artist Kobayashi Hideo and the red hot young potter Ikeda Shogo from faraway Tanegashima Island, a place more associated with nanban-yaki than with Ikeda’s superb Oribe and Kohiki works.

Another veteran artist never shown in the west before is Echizen’s Miyoshi Kentaro.

For those who adore ancient works, we offer a rare chance to acquire a top rated museum quality Ko-Tamba tsubo-jar from a Kyoto collector.

Other News

A few weeks ago a video was released—actually five videos—by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs featuring different aspects of Japanese culture. For the video titled ‘Takumi’ I was selected to show various crafts—a true honor—to invite visitors from overseas to discover the beauty that Japan has to offer. The video can be viewed here, number 6:

As I type this, clouds drift over the Higashiyama mountains, below is the Silver Pavilion; we sincerely hope to see you here one day to show you this view, and we also hope you enjoy all the amazing work on the web gallery at www.japanesepottery.com.

Robert Yellin (Robert@e-yakimono.net)
Chihiro Yadokoro
Sumie Sato
Robert Yellin Yakimono Gallery
Ginkakuji-mae-cho 39
Kyoto-shi, Kyoto-fu
JAPAN 606-8407
Phone- Int’l: 81-75-708-5581, fax: 81-75-708-5393
Within Japan: 075-708-5581, fax: 075-708-5393
www.japanesepottery.com

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Kyoto Gastronomy: Kyoto Vegetables-Kyoyasai/京野菜

I have just come back from a 3-day “holiday” in Kyoto, a touristic spot famed all over the world.
Kyoto does have its own gastronomy, what with the untold number of temples of different religions and sects.
Vegetables have been the staple of the city for a long time and when they are grown in Kyoto they are simply called “Kyo-yasai” (“kyo” for “Kyoto” and “yasai” for “vegetables”).
There are officially 41 traditional varieties of them including 21 with a registered brand/controlled appelation and 43 more varieties have also been recently recognised as such.

One way to discover them if you do not have the opportunity or time to discover vegetable fields is to visit the long and narrow Nishiki/錦 covered market in Central Kyoto.

Unfortunately, in my own view, the market has turned into a crowded touristic spot with all the pitfalls bound to open under your feet.
The real Kyoto vegetables are the minority and you need to understand Japanese to discern what is real and what is “fake”. I even found anorexic wasabi imported from South Korea!
Moreover, so-called Kyo-yasai are increasingly being grown away from Kyoto, especially in Shizuoka where the single town of Iwata grows 80% of all “ebi-imo”, one of the most representative vegetables of the famed city!

But there is another way to discover those celebrated vegetables for the pleasure of vegans, vegetarians and vegans!
About lunch time or before dinner time, just walk past the restaurants lining the side and back streets!

All izakayas and restaurants proud of their vegetables will display them outside for all to see!

They make for great souvenir photographs to show back home!

For a closer view!
Do you recognize any?

Even in front of Italian restaurants!

Placed in front of the outdoors menu board…

For a more distant view to discover the small Japanese restaurant at lunch time!

In front of another busy Japanese restaurant at night!

But this was my favorite!

Lined between a small cabbage garden and a great queue of Japanese sake!

I hope this will give you another idea as to how visit Kyoto!

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Robert Yellin Yakimono Gallery: JapanesePottery.com – June, 2011 Newsletter

Greetings from Kyoto,

It is with great pleasure that I write this to you from our new gallery located a few minutes walk from the Silver Pavilion. The setting is quite magical, that being an early Showa-period Sukiya style house built for a wealthy Tea and kendo patron; within the house full of tea rooms is also a kendo practice room!

Our New Gallery in Kyoto
Moving from Mishima to Kyoto will enable us to be closer to all the kilns we love in western Japan, as well as have access to more important secondary market works. I’m attaching a few photos of the gallery here and more can be found online at www.japanesepottery.com

The house was the residence for more then two decades of Tea Master John McGee, who returned to Canada to create a Tea room and center: http://www.shambhala.org/
arts/chanoyu.php. The spirit of Tea and wabi-sabi pervades the house and as such is the perfect stage for the many shibui ceramic art works we offer. In addition, we’ll be using the house—and garden—as a stage of sorts when showing new works online, such as for this Kato Takahiko Shigraki jar.

Kato, being the very talented artist he is, also carved a special wooden plaque for the gallery that reads from right to left Gin-Ro-An, which means Silver Dew Hermitage. I think ROsanjin would like it as much as RObert does.

Okini and all the best from Kyoto!

Robert Yellin (Robert@e-yakimono.net)
Robert Yellin Yakimono Gallery
Ginkakuji-mae-cho 39
Kyoto-shi, Kyoto-fu
JAPAN 606-8407
Phone- Int’l: 81-75-708-5581, fax: 81-75-708-5393
Within Japan: 075-708-5581, fax: 075-708-5393
www.japanesepottery.com

Other News

As summer slowly drifts by we’ll be having a few autumn exhibitions with Iga great Fujioka Shuhei surely set for mid-October. I’ll also be traveling a bit more to regional kilns so also please look for a few summer mini-exhibitions.

And, of course if ever in Kyoto please do stop by. The area is rich with history and as noted a very short walk to the Silver Pavilion and the Philosopher’s Path.

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