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Re-considering Otabisho of Imamiya Shrine—An Urban Space Supporting the Future of Imamiya Festival, Kyoto
Published: January 09 2022

Photo : Kaoru Iwamoto

KYOTO Design Lab [D-lab] will hold the exhibition [Re-considering Otabisho—An Urban Space Supporting the Future of Imamiya Festival, Kyoto] from 2021.11.26 (Fri) till 2022.01.30 (Sun).

Re-considering Otabisho—An Urban Space Supporting the Future of Imamiya Festival, Kyoto

Otabisho is a place that serves as a temporary resting point when visiting Kami. Imamiya Festival is held every May at Imamiya Shrine, which has its shrine parishioners in the Nishijin area of Kyoto, for two weeks between Shinko-sai and Kanko-sai the Otabisho will serve as Kami’s temporary place.

Otabisho has remained as an integral place for the festival that connects the shrine and the local area. However, the current situation involving the festival and its surrounding regional community is not the same as it used to be. Due to the decline of the textile industry, the Nishijin area that is supporting the Imamiya Festival has changed, making it hard for some neighborhoods to participate in the festival. Additionally, the environment around Otabisho has changed significantly due to urbanization. This brings up the question— What can we do to pass on the Imamiya Festival to the future generations while adapting to the evolution in everyday life?

Since 2017 KYOTO Design Lab has conducted several investigations while exploring boundaries between themes such as Shinto shrines and local community, and festival life and mundane life. Till this day Otabisho is known as a connecting point between these two worlds on but the question is what is the meaning of Otabisho in the present day. This exhibition introduces the project and its background research that was conducted when exploring Imamiya Festival and its local community.

Organizer| KYOTO Design Lab, Kyoto Institute of Technology
Collaborator|Imamiya Shrine
Advising Teachers|Professor Okada Eizo, Specially Appointed Professor Uoya Shigenori, Associate Professor Akamatsu Kazue, Assistant Professor Miyake Takuya
Student Participants|Satoshi Aya, Ryoko Kamaya, Yuriko Kamiya, Haruhi Tanaka, Ayato Deguchi, Takuma Ninomiya, Ryota Hagio, Hiroko Rikimaru, Shun Watanabe

*Please read our measures before visiting.


Information Provided by: KYOTO Design Lab, Kyoto Institute of Technology

Period: November 26,2021 (Fri) 〜 January 30,2022 (Sun)
Hours: 12:00-19:00
Closed: Monday, Tuesday, Monday 27 December – Tuesday 4 January
Venue: KYOTO Design Lab Tokyo Gallery (3331 Arts Chiyoda, Room203)

Last Updated on January 25 2022

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