「日本文化体験交流塾(IJCEE)関西支部体験企画」カテゴリ一覧 : 山口吾往子(やまぐち あゆこ) - 京都文化紹介コーディネータ・通訳案内士のひとりごと


This is an English version of IJCEE newsletter April.

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Deep Kyoto Tour - Enjoy a walking excursion of Kiyomizu machiya townhouses with a local machiya owner/artist.

■"The flowing river never stops, and yet the water never stays the same. Foam floats upon the pools, scattering, re-forming, never lingering long. So it is with man and all his dwelling places here on earth."
The famous 12th century Kyotoite essayist Kamono Chomei likened the fragility of human civilization to the Kamo River that runs through the centre of Kyoto. He believed that human beings are desperately powerless in the face of nature. While Kyoto has always been destroyed by war, earthquake, and fire, it has been subsequently resurrected with the rebuilding of the ancient capital. Over thousands of years, Kyoto has existed side by side with a nature of two faces, both kind and merciless, being destroyed and reborn like a phoenix.
As a tour guide in Kyoto, I am frequently asked by foreigners, "Why do the Japanese live in houses made from paper and wood?" There are many answers to this question: wood absorbs the humidity of Japan's muggy summers; abundant mountainous and wooded terrain provides ample materials for building up nearby cities. But personally, I think that one of the most important factors is the structure of the traditional wooden house., These houses, in which the main pillar is not secured to the foundation, could be considered strong against earthquakes. Of course, they will be inevitably toppled in the case of a huge earthquake, but pillars can be recycled, new building materials can be gathered from the mountains, and society can quickly recover from the calamity. This must have been a clever invention of our ancestors, brought about by their bitter experiences in a quake-prone country. It could be said that it is very timely to reconsider the utility of these traditional wooden houses in the areas affected by the unprecedented aftermath of the recent earthquake.。miyagawacho.jpg

■What is the Kyoto Machiya Townhouse?

Kyoto Machiya townhouses are wooden houses that function as both a residence and a workspace, have served as a vessel of the daily life of Kyotoite merchants. Kyoto machiya townhouses had long been a cradle of sophisticated and elaborate craftsmen culture from generation to generation. Kyoto Machiya townhouses are also a great tourist resource for the UNESCO world heritage city of Kyoto, the heart of Japan;.. With proper care, machiya can live up to several hundred years. The problem is that machiya townhouses, along with Japanese craftsmanship and other traditional arts, are rapidly disappearing in the wave of globalization. It is no coincidence that the Kyoto Protocol was adopted here in Kyoto. During a time in which the human race is grappling with problems like environmental destruction and global warming, the preservation of machiya, an environmentally friendly living space, is an issue that deserves greater attention.

■Kyoto Machizukuri Fund for Machiya townhouse renovation

The Kyoto Center for Community Collaboration runs "The Machiya Machizukuri Fund" to promote the preservation, renovation, and usage of Kyoto machiya townhouses. The Deep Kyoto Tour is a 3-hour walking tour with the goal of exploring a side of Kyoto that remains shrouded behind the mist of history and legends. The guide, Haruhisa Ono, is an artist who resides in a renovated machiya townhouse in the Kiyomizu district. The greatest attraction of this tour is that participants can communicate directly with the locals, and by actually inviting the participants to a renovated machiya, they can get a taste of life in a machiya. By participating in this tour, they can become aware of the importance of the culture associated with the construction of the city, machiya life, and the space that machiya occupy within Kyoto. In addition, included in the participation fee is a contribution to passing on that precious culture. By using their five senses, participants can experience for themselves the true attraction of machiya.。1103walkingtour.jpg

Kyoto machiya wooden townhouses might be a solution concerning ecological destruction and human resurrection.
We cherish this precious gem.
Please come and feel it.
In my hometown Sendai, the quake-hit area, wooden foundation is remade, and the hammering down sounds of main pillars are echoing just now.

Ayuko Yamaguchi

English Tour guide (Kyoto pref.EN00389)
Japanese Culture Workshop Coordinator
Inquiry/Reservation:Kyoto Center for Community Collaboration:machi.info@hitomachi-kyoto.jp

Kyoto Machiya Machizukuri Fund:
URL: http://kyoto-machisen.jp/fund/english/index.html



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Come and save machiya townhouse
Deep Kyoto Tour-Enjoy a walking excursion of Kiyomizu machiya townhouses with a local machiya owner/artist.


「往く川の流れは絶えずしてしかも元の水にあらず。よどみに消えるうたかたはかつ消えかつ結びて久しくとどまりたるためしなし」 鴨長明は文明のはかなさを鴨川にたとえました。人の営みは自然の前ではあまりにはかなく無力です。しかし京都は絶えず戦乱、地震、火災により破壊され、その度ごとに再建が繰り返されてきたまちでもあります。京都は、優しさと厳しさを併せ持つ自然の力によりそうように千年以上の時を超えて、常に不死鳥のごとく復興し続けてきたのです。



■「京都まちづくりファンド」 Deep Kyoto Tour

京都は多様な文化を取り入れつつ独自の市民社会を創成してきました。町衆の充実した経済に支えられ洗練された職人技術を継承しつつ、文化を後世に伝える役割を今も町家は果たしています。(財)京都市景観・まちづくりセンターでは京町家が育んだ文化を未来に伝えるため「京町家まちづくりファンド」を運営し、京町家の保全・再生・活用を支援しています。Deep Kyoto Tour は、地元ガイドが市民の生活に密着した奥深い京都の魅力を案内し、京町家にご招待する3時間のツアーです。最大の魅力は、地元ガイドとのふれあいや、参加者をガイドが住む町家にご招待することにより、町家の生活を疑似体験できることにあります。参加することで、京町家が持つ空間、暮らし、町作りの文化に気づき、参加費を支払うだけで町家の継承に貢献できるのです。五感を使った体験を通じて、町家に暮らした京都びとが培ったくらしの文化の持つ魅力にぜひ触れてください。1103walkingtour.jpg

<メッセージ> 今東日本で起こっていることは、西日本に答えがあります。世界中の方にご覧いただけたらと心から願います。筆者のふるさと宮城、東日本大震災の被災地では、木の杭が大地に打ち込まれる鎚音が、今日現在もひびきわたっています。それが、日本の、そして筆者の希望です。

■Deep Kyoto Tour
●Date:  Wednesday, May 25, 2011
●Schedule: 1:00pm - 4:00pm ( ending time is approximate )
●Cost: 2,000 yen per person
(500 yen will be contributed to the Kyoto Center for Community Collaboration's "Kyoto Machiya Machizukuri Fund" as part of their One Coin Contribution campaign. This contribution will be used for Kyoto machiya townhouse preservation.)
●Guide services are provided in Japanese and interpreted into English. French and Chinese speaking interpreters are also available upon request.

山口 吾往子 Ayuko Yamaguchi




通訳案内士 山口吾往子

山口吾往子(やまぐち あゆ こ)



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