Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Fukuoka Art Fair Simulation Alpha

Now I am directing a kind of art project named [Fukuoka Art Fair Simulation Alpha] at Fukuoka Prefectural Museum of Art.
See detail on the website: http://fafa2007.blogspot.com/

Fukuoka Prefectural Museum and Fukuoka Art Fair Simulation Alpha Committee will hold a new collaborative project, Fukuoka Art Fair Simulation Alpha 2007 (fafa2007). Fukuoka has been recognized for its active grassroots art scene supported by local independent/alternative art space and art NPOs.
[fafa2007] seeks to introduce art space and artist based in Kyushu area as well as other part of Japan and Asia, and further develop network among participants.
We would like [fafa2007] to be an opportunity for creating network among art spaces and discussing the possibility of developing a new local economic system for art.
Hopefully, [fafa2007] could be the first step toward more sophisticated form of art fair in near future.

Date: October 28, 2007 - December 2, 2007 (Closed on Mondays)
Open hours: 10:00 - 18:00 (entrance closed at 17:30)
* Opening event: October 28, 2007, 13:00 start
* Symposium: December 1, 2007, 14:00-16:00
Location: Fukuoka Prefectural Museum of Art, 1F exhibition space
Suzaki Park, 5-2-1 Tenjin, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka 810-0001, Japan

Admission: Free to public

Organizer: Fukuoka Art Fair Simulation Alpha Committee, Fukuoka Prefectural Museum of Art

* See the weblog to get detail information [http://fafa2007.blogspot.com]
* Contact e-mail address [fafa2007mail@yahoo.co.jp]

Sunday, July 1, 2007

Hakata Gion Yamakasa Festival @ Fukuoka

Originally uploaded by ohaz88.

Yamakasa (Yamagasa) has been held here in old Hakata area in Fukuoka city during July 1 to 15 in every year. Final running race is early morining in July 15.
This is decorated festival shrine.

Thursday, June 7, 2007

MOVING (temporary)

Originally uploaded by ohaz88.

Gallery Artlier has moved into B1 fl. from B2 fl. in HAKATA RIVERAIN BLD., 'cause of a department store Izutsuya's renewal.
Since June to September, the Gallery Artlier stays in this floor as smaller space, then will move again into B2 with larger space. (real?)

My boss Yamano suddenly quit the job of director of this gallery, then I have been the director since June 1st, 2007.

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Matsukage Hiroyuki @ Gallery SOAP, Kitakyushu, JAPAN

Originally uploaded by ohaz88.

His latest solo show at the Gallery SOAP as 10th anniversary event.

Thursday, May 17, 2007


Originally uploaded by ohaz88.

I like spanish lunch, too.

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Hana BUS

It is also a famous event of HAKATA DONTAKU festival.

Hakata Dontaku, local session

After Dontaku parade, some teams visit their community and play music.

Monday, April 30, 2007

Reisen-sou 1st anniversary

An old apartment house [Reisen-sou] has revived as a kind of art complex building in Hakata, traditional district of Fukuoka city.
Yesterday, in April 29, the 1st anniversary event was held.
Reception and some play in front of the Reisen-sou.
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Saturday, April 28, 2007

Outdoor installation work

Originally uploaded by ohaz88.

At Umino-nakamichi Kaihin Kouen Park, Fukuoka, JAPAN. "Flower Picnic 2007", "HANA no installation" project.
Asai Yuusuke and Egami Keita's collaboration artwork.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Lunch @ Cafe Brazileiro, Hakata

Lunch @ Cafe Brazileiro, Hakata
Originally uploaded by ohaz88.

I cannot have enough time for my lunch these days. This is special case with my friend. An old traditional cafe restaurant in Hakata.

Sunday, April 22, 2007


Originally uploaded by ohaz88.

A part of the gallery.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Start preparing "NEKOBEE" show in my new space.

OPENING will be APRIL 20, 2007!
asai@nekobee sumi@nekobee
See my blogs:
[NEKOBEE SHOW] and [art apartment house 88].

SHIBARAKU! (hakata ramen)

SHIBARAKU! (hakata ramen)
Originally uploaded by ohaz88.

We, Fukuoka people love RAMEN, hot noodle with pork soup.

SHIBARAKU means "long time no see" or "for a while". In this case, Ramen shop's name.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Short Trip [3] Two art spaces

Kiwamari-so @ Mito Kiwamari-so @ Mito
The Kiwamari-sou (it means extraordinary apartment house?) @ Mito.
An artist, Arima Kaoru, had been producing his "Kiwamari-sou" Project in Nagoya for several years, recently he has moved into Mito City and found a new studio, very old Japanese house.
He is living and working here with his friends and soon other artists will come to stay/work in the upstairs (2nd fl.).
Kiwamari-so, 2nd fl. Kiwamari-so @ Mito
This old house project is also a kind of time limited one, maybe for 2-3 years.
Younger art students living in Mito come this place very often and communicate this famous extraordinary artist.
It seems happy situation for this city's art scene.

I was back to Tokyo and searched "Gendai Bijutsu Seisakusho" (it means "Contemporary Art Factory"), a kind of art workshop/residence space in downtown area. The car navigation system could not find the right address, 'cause such district has many small passage. Finally I found the space! oh, but it was closed... Maybe there was no event on the date...
Visit the official website:
Gendai Bijutsu Seisakusho @ Tokyo Gendai Bijutsu Seisakusho @ Tokyo

Short Trip [4] Back to Fukuoka, Kokura and Yahata

The Saturday night, 14th, an opening event was held in the Gallery SOAP, Kokura, Fukuoka Pref.
I was back to Fukuoka city and took train to Kokura.
It was 23 o'clock, everybody had already drunk and talk show was completely finished.
Anyway I could talk about this new movie art exhibition with curators and artists.

[PROJECTION] directed by [in-between].
See further info:

Though I am an adviser of [in-between], I am trying not to touch planning.
[in-between]'s main members are 20-30's y.o., much younger than me.

April 14, Exhibition start and opening event @ Gallery SOAP, Kokura (Ooki Hiroyuki, Nishimura Tomomi)
April 14, Exhibition start @ 130 Gallery, Yahata. (rGb)
April 14, Exhibition start @ IAF SHOP*, Yakuin, Fukuoka. (Karate Central)
April 15, Talk session @ Apple Store Fukuoka-Tenjin. (rGb and directors)
Apple Store @ Tenjin, Fukuoka
In Sunday morning, 15th, I visit the 130 Gallery, in the afternoon I went to IAF, then finally I came back my home. But 4 hours later I was in the Apple shop...
Hmmmm, a little bit tired....

Short trip [2] The Micro Pop Show @ ART TOWER MITO

See official webpage about this exhibition:

For me, it is more interesting in the concept "Micro Pop" than artworks themselves.

Short trip [1]

Since last Friday, I went lots of art places...
Once a month, I have a part-time job in Tokyo (Itabashi area).
After the job, I always visit art spaces and meet friends in Tokyo.

Apr. 13th, in the Friday night, I had an appointment to meet Mr. M, curator of ART TOWER MITO.
He joined a talk session concerning [MICRO POP] show held in his museum.

NADiff @ Omotesando, Tokyo

The venue, [NADiff], art book shop in Omotesando, is very snob and cool.
There were lots of visitors who were interested in this show and concept.
Ms. M M, a critic and director of this show started talking about [MICRO POP], suddenly I recognized she would talk and show most of artworks and concept. She seemed very excited to tell people WHAT IS MICRO-POP.
I was afraid to know all about the show before I see by my eyes.
I left the place after drinking a perrier.

In the next Saturday morning, I was driving a small car to visit Mito City.
It took approx. 2 hours by car.
Rent a car (vitz) PA, Jouban Jidousha Do
Usually we use train from Tokyo to Mito.
Hmm, recently I am fascinated to drive a car in Tokyo area.
There are traffic jam even on high way road, but by even such jam, I feel NEW stimulation, ffffm.
When we use train/subway, my time schedule depends on train schedule.
And as you know, during travel days we have heavy laggage.
Of course, it is more expensive than public transport system, but I love driving around the first land for me.
For these reasons, I love vehicles.
Add one more important factor, in the Saturday, it was very fine day, nice for driving!


I arrived Mito at 11 am and experienced the [MICRO POP] show.
I had lunch with Mr. M and talked about this show's concept and impression.
It was very happy and important time.

(to be continued...)

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Pizza of Sukugarasu and Goya

Pizza of Sukugarasu and Goya
Originally uploaded by ohaz88.

I love Okinawan food !
Be careful, do not drink KUUSU (vintage shochu) toooo much....

Sukugarasu is tiny fish, Goya is bitter gourd.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Nekobee Show, April 20 - May 20 @ [aa88]

Well, anyway, the [PROCESS] show has started, many guests come to the Gallery Artlier. Very fine.
And, I am tired 'cause of no complete holiday for me these days.

Since next week (from April 20), Ohaz Kikaku will start another art project, "Nekobee Show", an independent free style public entry art show concerning cat and/or other animals.
(It is also a first official opening program of new space "Art Apartment House 88" @ Reisen-sou, directed by Ohaz Kikaku.)

A yellow cat by ChiiChii, a kurk one by Ishigaki Katsuko.

Main concept of this show is to be happy by making artworks.
This show will continue to accept artists who want to join until the last day, May 20.

Saturday, April 7, 2007

Artists Talk @ [PROCESS]

Artist Talk @ [PROCESS]
Originally uploaded by ohaz88.

[PROCESS] show has opened.
Today we had an artists talk event at the gallery space.
You can see the movie:

Thursday, April 5, 2007

Process of [PROCESS] 03

Process of [PROCESS] 03
Originally uploaded by ohaz88.

We're preparing the next show [PROCESS]. this is the process of [PROCESS] photo set on flickr site:

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Today's lunch

Unagi [Hitsu-mabushi] @ Riverain Bld.
Originally uploaded by ohaz88.

Very special, gorgeous than usual. Unagi is eel. Grilled eel and egg, fish egg with spice (pink), dried laver and steamed rice. We can eat it with soup sometimes. Today's eel was very rich, tasty.
Of course, the price was also more gorgeous than usual.
Eel has vitamine!

Monday, April 2, 2007

Sri Lanka Curry @ [Nuwara Eliya] Kego

Sri Lanka Curry @ [Nuwara Eliya] Kego
Originally uploaded by ohaz88.

I love curry!
I am hungry!
It's 13 o'clock!

I am surprised

to find most of museums/foundation website in Fukuoka have less information in Enlgish.

Of course, I had alerady known about outline (they do not have enough pages).
When I visited these sites for this blog's link, I was really shocked this fact.

As you know, they are locol government public cultural organization.
They have English page about basic information.
But concerning each exhibition data, I can find very old one (or none).
Only Fukuoka Asian Art Museum has up-to-date information in English.
'Cause the museum always accept many international artists/curators/researchers.

About private galleries and alternative spaces in Fukuoka,
it depends on personal talent.
When a space has a member who can use English, he/she does all English job.
Even so each staff's job may be non-profit.

We have professional English tlanslaters/interpreters here in Fukuoka.
They are always very busy.
Their fee is not so expensive according to a regular/standard system,
but is is very heavy for art people to pay.

That's why I start this weblog.
My English is not so good.
But I will be able to write about my daily life and art scene around me,
with using digital images (flickr sysytem).

YO-ZAKURA, night cherry blossom

YO-ZAKURA, night cherry blossom YO-ZAKURA, night cherry blossom
We have cherry blossom flowers now in Fukuoka.
We love to see them in night time.
It is our pleasure to sit below cherry blossom trees and drink/eat/talk with good friends even it might be a little bit cold.

Sunday, April 1, 2007


Originally uploaded by ohaz88.

Fukuoka city has approx. 1,300thousand population.
This is Kego kouen park, central of Fukuoka.
You can see MITSUKOSHI, a famous department store in the right side.

photo [style: forms of the street]

Originally uploaded by ib_flickr.

March 21 - 30, 2007. @ art space tetra, Fukuoka, Japan.
artist: BABU.
Produced by [in-between].
(data) http://www.in-between.info/
(photo) ib_flickr's photos

Saturday, March 31, 2007

Yahiro Shin

Yahiro Shin
Originally uploaded by ohaz88.

He is a contemporary artist living in Fukuoka, has been making wood sculpture mainly. This is his new pottery style work (my collection).
Visit his website: in Japanese, but you can see his works' images.

Raftee, Okinawan food

Originally uploaded by ohaz88.

Pork. Mild and soft. (This is a test blog entry from my flickr page.)


This is a test post from flickr, a fancy photo sharing thing.

[Process] @ Gallery Artlier

PROCESS @ Gallery Artlier

MCP has been directing the Gallery Artlier belongs to the Fukuoka City Foundation for Arts and Cultural Promotion (ffac) since June 2004.

From April 7 to May 20, we will have the [PROCESS] show.

Documentation of painting process by 6 painters and a photographer.

April 7 (Sat.) - May 20 (Sun.), 2007.
10:00-20:00. everyday open
Admission free

Gallery Artlier [Hakata Riveratin B2 fl.]
Shimokawabata-machi 3-1,
Hakata-ku Fukuoka 812-0027 JAPAN

Hino Youtarou, Hirohashi Isao, Inoue Ayako,
Okamura Asami, Tanaka Chisato, Tooyama Hirotaka,
Yoshizumi Yoshiaki [photograph].

Talk and party:
April 7 (Sat.) 16:00 start.
Admission free.


Motsu nabe (hot soup)

Motsu-nabe, the Shouryuu style, Hakata
Hakata's popular haslet hot pot soup.

Break time at a cafe in front of Fukuoka City Office

ROSARIAN CAFE @ Tenjin, Fukuoka
March is the last month in financial year in Japan.
I should make some documentation at the city office.

Typical Lunch

MARUTEN SOBA (hot noodle with deeply fried fish paste round type) and TORI-MESHI (chicken rice)
We have an old area "Hakata" here in Fukuoka City.
My office exists in this area.
This is a typical lunch menu in Hakata.
Hot noodle (SOBA) with deeply fried fish paste and small chicken steamed rice, miso-soup.
780 JPY.

About [in-between]

A new younger generation's curators group [in-between] has produced contemporary art show, movie events and other art projects by new style.
Most of the members are living in Fukuoka and Kitakyushu.
See this website:

About [Ohaz Kikaku]

Kikaku means Planning.
Ohaz comes from my original first name, another meaning is "the first time."
The Ohaz Kikaku will produce new type art projects.

2006 autumn: independent art show "1st Joshibee Show" at [art space tetra]
2007 spring: start to manage [art apartment house 88]
2007 autumn: planning of [Art no Genba] at Fukuoka Prefectural Museum of Art

"1st Joshibee Show"
joshibee1 gallery
Joshibee's flickr sets:
artworks: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ohaz88/sets/72157594361616889/
final party: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ohaz88/sets/72157594361286888/


sorry, a netshop [MYMT SHOP] is for customers only inside of Japan.
Second hand books and contemporary artworks.

ONLY in JAPANESE on this web:

About [Art Apartment House 88]

about [aa88]
English articles of the blog [aa88]

See about this space (flickr set):

About [Museum City Project]

MCP's official website:

MCP's recent work is an outside installation project in the Uminonakamichi Kaihin Kouen public park; A part of "FLOWER PICNIC 2007".
See the works here (flickr set):

ohaz's blog in English, start

Hello, my name on this website is [OHAZ].
I have been working at a kind of not-profit organization, Museum City Project, producing contemporary art project in urban district here in Fukuoka, JAPAN.

From now on, I will write about my daily life here, to tell our activities.
and my daily life especially food and shopping!