The HeadSpace Artist Residency is now closed due to relocation.
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The previous residency was a place for artists to relax and let new ideas take form. The residency was based at Kayamori House, a farmhouse in the mountains of Nara.

What the artists say
About Kayamori and the area

 

 

 

 

What the artists say:

“Kayamori House is a really special place and it was really great to get out of the hustle bustle of the city. Our favorite parts of our time there: becoming friends with Jamie & Aiko, authentic Japanese food prepared by Aiko, interaction with community members, ritual of wood-fired bath every night, going to the onsen. It was such a gift to not worry about feeding ourselves, which enabled us to think big thoughts (or no thoughts at all). I really appreciate that my dietary needs were accommodated so gracefully by Aiko. We felt that the price was fair and were happy to pay it. We thought of the residency as free, with a fee to cover food costs.”
~ LeBrie Rich & Bill Will, Portland, Oregon, USA. Artists in residence, May 2012.

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About Kayamori and the area

Kayamori House is a farmhouse and project space. Kayamori is a small rural village situated on a forested mountainside in Nara prefecture.

Nara, in Kansai, is the cultural and historical heart of Japan. The Kansai region lays claim to the earliest beginnings of Japanese civilization. It was Nara, the most eastern point on the Silk Road, that became the site of Japan’s first permanent capital (710-84). Nara’s reign as capital may have been short, but 1300 years of history have endowed it with many ancient temples and shrines, including 8 UNESCO World heritage sites.

Some of the places we recommend near Kayamori are:

- Osaka City, 45 mins by train

- Nara City, 40 mins by train

- Hase, a picturesque town built at the foot of Hasedera temple. Just 5 mins by car.
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- Miwa Shrine, shrine of the Japanese sake brewers! 15 min drive
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- Soni Mura, 26th most beautiful village in Japan! Famous for it’s grassy mountainsides. Okame No Yu hot spring is one of our favourite onsens in the the area. 45 min drive
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- Muro, 40 min drive
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- Akameguchi 48 waterfalls, 40 min drive
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- Asuka, 40 min drive
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- Totsukawa, raw nature; mountains, rivers, camping, and hot springs. 2 hour drive
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