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MI-LAB Lake Kawaguchi Artist-in-Residence

  • Host organization

    Center for the Science of Human Endeavor

  • Address

    4018 Katsuyama, Fujikawaguchiko town, Minamitsuru-gun, Yamanashi 401-0310 Japan

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Objective The programs are designed to introduce participants to Mokuhanga (water-based woodblock printmaking) techniques and their history, cultural backgrounds, materials and tools, and provide opportunities for participants to create original water-based woodblock prints. By doing so, programs aim to internationally promote water-based - which is also enviromentally friendly - woodblock printing, advance the training of domestic experts (in techniques, tools and materials) who support Mokuhanaga, contribute to the presavation of skills, and invigorate activities in the field of mokuhanga.
Organization activities -Basic Trainig Program (fee-based program)
Participants master the basic of mokuuanga, creating three or more works during roughly month-long regidency.
-Advanced Program (fee-based program)
Intended for artists engaged in creative work, education and/or study of printmaking in general. Participants experience mokuhanga to exprore new printmaking possibilities, to expans their technical means of expression, and for further innovation.
Founded in 2011
Background For the purpose of promoting the uniquely Japanese art of mokuhanga (water-based woodblock printmaking) internationally, the Center for the Science of Human Endeavor held annual open workshops for collaborative projects between artisans and artists from 1994 to 1997, with a four-year subsidy from Awaji City (former Tsuna Town), Hyogo Prefecture.
For 13 years from 1997 to 2009, the Center was commissioned by Awaji City to plan and execute a mokuhanaga residency program for overseas artists. In June 2011, the Center held its 1st International Mokuhanga Conference inKyoto and Awaji Cities, calling on former resident artists from the 13-year history of the residency program to take part. The Conference was attended by 108 artists from 22 countries, who engaged in an international and interdisciplinary exchange of information on the history, expressions, education, techniques and materials of water-based woodblock prints.
MI-LAB Committee was newly created by the Center in response to the many requests from overseas artists and printmaking instructors for the continuation of mokuhanga residencies after the Awaji City artist-in-residence program was discontinued. The artist-in-residence program resumed in 2011 after a new residence and studio was established in Fujikawaguchiko Town, Yamanashi Prefecture.
Location / Environment Fujikawaguchiko Town, where the residence is located, has a population of approx. 25,000. The town`s key industry is tourism. It is home to lakes Kawaguchiko, Saiko, Shojiko,and Motosuko at the foot of Mount Fuji, and attracts large numbers of visitors as a base of exploring Mt. Fuji, and as a summer resort. The residence is in the Katsuyama-chiku hamlet and has a convenience store, restaurants, post office, elementary school and community center nearby.
Contact Mokuhanga Innovation Laboratory (MI-LAB)
6-11-14-B109, Sotokanda, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 101-0021 Japan
Contact person:Keiko Kobayashi

Facility information

Studio informationAvailable

The studio and residence arelocated in Fujikawaguchiko Town in Yamanashi Prefecture.
Studio is over 100 sq. m and available for water-based woodcut printmaking and related work.


8 bedrooms (18 sq. m in avarage)

Presentation spaceAvailable

The exhibition space, where finished woodblock prints are exhibited, is located in 3331 Arts Chiyoda in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo.
The gallery is approx.20 sq. m.


Two hours by highway bus from Tokyo Station to Kawaguchiko Station. Thirty-minute walk from Kawaguchiko Station to the residence, or six to seven minutes by local bus or taxi.