Visiting Design Week Kyoto 2017

Uplift was honored to be invited as guest speakers at Design Week Kyoto this year.

Our relationship started with Mr. Isao Kitabayashi, the founder of Design Week Kyoto and the owner of COS KYOTO, who visited Portland for the first time in 2012.

Since then, we have done various creative workshops and inspirational tours with groups of Kyoto business owners and city council members.

Our team member Jason Sturgill has been in the design field in Portland for last 2 decades and teaches design and illustration at Portland State University. Jason-san is also one of the founding members of Design Week Portland which influenced Mr Kitabayashi to start Design Week Kyoto. For the opening reception, Mr. Sturgill gave a presentation on his experience and his collaborations with Portland craftspeople, Katsu Tanaka from Uplift assisted in translation.

We stayed for the entire festival, experiencing the city of Kyoto and visiting a variety of factories and craft studios, talking with designers and artists and exploring potential relationships between the city of Portland and Kyoto.

Design Week Kyoto at JR Kyoto Isetan department store

Design Week Kyoto at JR Kyoto Isetan department store

Opening party for Design Week Kyoto. From Left: Jason Sturgill (Uplift), Masayuki Morishita (Okayama Prefectural University), Katsu Tanaka (Uplift), Isao Kitabayashi (Design Week Kyoto), Takayuki Sakakida (The Kyoto Shinkin Bank), Eiryo Nishimura (Nishimura Securities Co.,Ltd.)  

Opening party for Design Week Kyoto. From Left: Jason Sturgill (Uplift), Masayuki Morishita (Okayama Prefectural University), Katsu Tanaka (Uplift), Isao Kitabayashi (Design Week Kyoto), Takayuki Sakakida (The Kyoto Shinkin Bank), Eiryo Nishimura (Nishimura Securities Co.,Ltd.)  

Mt Fuji from Shinkansen, Bullet Train from Tokyo to Kyoto

Mt Fuji from Shinkansen, Bullet Train from Tokyo to Kyoto

Embroidery studio visit

Embroidery studio visit

Mumokuteki retail store

Mumokuteki retail store

Dinner with Mumokuteki crew and Rob Lowe (aka Supermundane) who was visiting from London.

Dinner with Mumokuteki crew and Rob Lowe (aka Supermundane) who was visiting from London.

Pagong Kamedatomi, Kyo-Yuzen Screenprinter factory tour and demonstration

Pagong Kamedatomi, Kyo-Yuzen Screenprinter factory tour and demonstration

View of hand weaving machine

View of hand weaving machine

Soushi-Tsuzure-en, Nail weaving studio tour

Soushi-Tsuzure-en, Nail weaving studio tour

Syubisya print shop tour

Syubisya print shop tour

Hand weaving machine at Fukuoka Weaving

Hand weaving machine at Fukuoka Weaving

Fukuoka Weaving factory tour

Fukuoka Weaving factory tour

Golden Pavilion in Winter

Golden Pavilion in Winter

Fushimi Inari Jinja (Shrine)

Fushimi Inari Jinja (Shrine)

Kyoto University of Art and Design: Entrance

Kyoto University of Art and Design: Entrance

Kyoto University of Art and Design: Kenji Yanobe Studio

Kyoto University of Art and Design: Kenji Yanobe Studio

Kyoto University of Art and Design: With World renown artist Kenji Yanobe

Kyoto University of Art and Design: With World renown artist Kenji Yanobe

View of the city from Kyoto University of Art and Design

View of the city from Kyoto University of Art and Design

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Ai, pure natural indigo dye factory workshop with Kyoto CEO group.

Ai, pure natural indigo dye factory workshop with Kyoto CEO group.

View of Kyoto Tower

View of Kyoto Tower

Kodo, Washi Japanese paper goods Factory Tour

Kodo, Washi Japanese paper goods Factory Tour

Japanese Breakfast at TAN

Japanese Breakfast at TAN

Imperial Palace

Imperial Palace

Yokoyama Bamboo factory tour

Yokoyama Bamboo factory tour

Special thanks to all those who participated in these events.