The Tenjinyama guest house building could be a ghost house if the Tenjinyama Artist Residence had never started last year (a ghost story as a continuation of the real story of the building’s being closed for the past 10 years). Since the opening (including pre-opening time), every time new visitors came, the story of Tenjinyama AIR has been updated. Kids to play, mom to take a rest, students to study, visitor of the park to use the toilet. Some visitors became regulars in supporting us for maintenance of the space. In addition, if those visitors who are bored—or courageous—enough to choose being part of another’s life, they became involved in some mysterious messes (so called artworks) that resident artists make.
After the year passed, some ghosts of the building moved to other empty buildings, or some joined our fun party. Thank you all for being part of Tenjinyama AIR for the first year! If you want to make a mess again, please do not hesitate to come back!
Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio
We had some message from former resident artists for our 1st anniversary........Here are!
happy birthday to my snow art studio! see you again!
-----Boat (张小船) ZHANG Xiao /China
Set to the tempo of 90bpm
Everyone shouts: “Tenjinyama”
One person raps: “Fresher now/ better now/ one year on.
The activities that are happening are younger than some
The stone and glass surround is a little bit older,
Seen a little more…
bolder/ winters / splinters / laser-jet printers, icy hinter- lands.
The trees and ground is perhaps enough to make you stop and think they been around a while…
longer than a blink / thicker than mink / deeper than yo’ kitchen sink.”
Everyone Shouts: “But the truth for true / and the truest truth / and the deeper true you feel in your bones;”
One or two people rap: “knows the spirit of the one-year old / the youth and glory / has miles left in it’s tank.”
-----Rosanna Catterall /UK
Dear Sapporo Tenjinyama Art Studio and Everyone past and present at Tenjinyama Art Studio: Congratulations on your First Anniversary! Thank you very much for your continuing help since this past August. You’ve made all the difference in the world to me and the book I am writing. I’m looking forward to seeing you again in August 2015!
-----Lance Tait / U.S.A.
To all the lovely people at Tenjinyama art studio,
this May (2015) I've spent a couple of wonderful weeks together with Klaus Erich Dietl at Tenjinyama art studio. For us it is an unforgetable time. We met a lot of new friends during our stay and we had the unique chance to some great spontaneous art and music projects together with them. We definitely want to come back and keep on working together with our Japanese friends... again and again and again 🙂
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU <3
-----Stephanie Müller / Germany
I am happy, feeling lucky and appreciate to be selected as one of the resident artist in the very first open call during the very first year of Tenjinyama Art Studio, thus got to know all these lovely friends. Tenjinyama is such a good place, having such an opportunity was my precious. I believe there must be difficulties and challenge in the beginning of everything, I hope Tenjinyama will be more success and create your very own history in the coming years, keep the Tenjinyama's spirit, you know you are better than your mama! I will be visiting you again just because of that famous pie water! お誕生日おめでとう！
-----Weng Nam / Malaysia
It's my birthday today as well, so here goes a toast to both of us! Congratulations to a wonderful team and best of luck for your forthcoming years.
------Daniel / Peru, NL
happy birthday dear tenjinyama art studio! wish you a long and fulfilled life 🙂 will come to visit you again this year.
------syv / singapore/france
Congratulations for your work! please keep Tenjinyama weird and charming for a hundred years!
------Helí García / Spain
We had very good time with you guys, too. Thank you so much!