Japanese days at the Ybl Buda Creative House

At the 150 years anniversary of Japanese-Hungarian diplomatic relations the Ybl Buda Creative House organizes a two-week long program series entitled Touch of Japan to celebrate this important event. We welcome our visitors with contemporary art and designer exhibitions, various brisk and breezy events, book launch, workshops, concerts and lectures.


At the 150 years anniversary of Japanese-Hungarian diplomatic relations the Ybl Buda Creative House organizes contemporary art and design exhibitions and various brisk and breezy programs. The focal point of our program series Touch of Japan is the relationship of these two counties in the field of arts, introduced via Japanese artists and Hungarian designers inspired by Japan.

The two-week long series is launched by the exhibition of Yoko ONO and FUKUI Yusuke on 11 May. In his series entitled Hidden Numbers FUKUI Yusuke places significant dates of Japanese history onto abstract surfaces; his works are supplemented by four prints of Yoko ONO, which have not been introduced to the Hungarian public before.

The Pallas Athéné Publishing House (PABooks) introduces the next piece of the "Asian mind" trilogy also within the frameworks of the Japanese days, a book by Roger J. Davies and Osamu Ikeno entitled The Japanese Mind: Understanding Contemporary Japanese Culture.

While the exhibition by Yoko ONO and FUKUI Yusuke can be visited in the Aqua exhibition hall, in the Terra hall the works of three Japan-inspired designers are on display. The unique work of Zsanett Szirmai, the Soundweaving Project is nothing else, but the setting of Hungarian and Japanese folk motifs. The designer transcribed traditional Hungarian embroidery motifs into laser cut textiles, which later serve as the punched tape of a music box, and transform into music.

The artwork of Haruko Napochka is also located at Terra hall. The award winner short film artist was born in Japan, but completed her studies in Hungary (MOME); she creates paper-cutting animated works. The third exhibitor is Réka Némedi-Varga, who got closer to Japanese culture and language during her university years (METU). This was the inspiration for her BA thesis too, embodied by a Japanese writing set for beginners. The same mindset was carried on in her MA degree as well, which was about Hanafuda cards; the name translates to "flower cards", referring to the various flowers and plants depicted in them.

The two-week long program series is further enriched by events like DJ Ordiman's performance, who plays the most vivid music of Japan from the 1920s and 1930s in a modern, electro-swing arrangement. The bar creates Japan-inspired coctails suiting the musical program.

Japanese art and culture are served to our visitors by a workshop. Emőke Kiss helps them to become acquainted with the traditionally wooden made and hand painted kokeshi dolls; at the workshop everyone can make his/her own doll. We have not forgotten about our youngest visitors either: at our Creative Corner program series they can participate at handicraft sessions inspired by Japan.

Last, but not least, everyone is welcome to the lecture of Gergely Tóth, author of the book The History of Japanese-Hungarian relations 1869-1913, entitled Turn of the Century in Hungary and Japan. 

Have a look at the photos taken at the opening of the exhibition:
Have a look at the photos taken at the electro swing event:
Have a look at the photos taken in Terra Hall: 
Have a look at the photos taken at the kokeshi dolls workshop: