Yōkai SOHO

About Yōkai SOHO

Yōkai SOHO is a newly-opened building that accommodates an art gallery, an event space/bar, and an incubator of Small Offices and Home Offices (SOHO).

Yōkai SOHO is located on the outskirt of Kitano Tenmangū shrine and Kamishichiken geisha district, in a traditional commercial area of retail shops (shōtengai 商店街) leading to the Yōkai street. In this area, which was the northwestern entrance to Kyoto city in the Heian period (8th century), the people of Kyoto used to abandon their objects. These objects eventually transformed into funny creatures (yōkai 妖怪), and then entered back into the city, thus giving birth to a whole fantastic folklore and to numerous literary and artistic descriptions. 10 years ago, in 2005, following this ancient history, the merchants of Ichijō street (Old Kyoto’s first avenue) decided to decorate their frontage with sculptures related to these creatures, and to create a "Yōkai street."

Yōkai SOHO was born from this concept of transformation and recycling. The building, over its lifespan, has played host to a series of different functions including a supermarket, a bread factory and offices. Before becoming a 5 floors steel and concrete high building, it was an ancient wooden inn, a ryokan 旅館, and its back street was a pleasure area.

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Concept

Why yōkai 妖怪 ?

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Yōkai

Building

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Yōkai
Logo

Logo

Eye is Mind / Mind is Eye

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Yōkai
Bar

Bar

Collective

コレクティブ COLLECTIVE

event

Event

VR shows, Live music, DJ, art creation

Rentals

Rentals

Offices, coworking space, SOHO

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Rentals
video VR event

VR Event

DJ

DJ/Live

Live Sam Rouanet & Ally Mobbs

Live

Thunderdrone

DIY

Live Christopher Fryman for Johakyu

Johakyū 序破急

Yokai Gallery

Gallery

Yōkai Parade

Yōkai Parade

October 14, 2017

Event at Yokai Soho

Events

2016

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Events, Art
#TagMyName Lily

Tomo Uyesugi #TagMyName

July 2015

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Art, Events
#TagMyName Lily

Tomo Uyesugi

Between Abstract & Figurative

October 2016

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Art, Events
Dark Lens

Dark Lens

April-May, 2016

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Art
Video by Samuel André

Video

July 2015

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Art, Videos
Imai Shunsuke Flag

Nuit Blanche Kyoto

October 3-15, 2015

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Art, Videos