• Open Call:Available
  • Grant for travel expenses:Available
  • Grant for production:Available
  • Grant for living costs:Available
  • Support by staff or specialist:Available
  • Studio:Available
  • Exhibit Space:Conditional
  • Accommodation:Available
  • Exhibition or Open Studio:Available
  • Publication:Available

Focus Area(s):Theater, music, painting, architecture, crafts, photography/film/video, sculpture, design, performance, printmaking, fashion

Months of Residency:2017/08 - 2017/10 : See details below

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Months of Application:2017/02 - 2017/03 : A/N

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Facade of the building Photo by Hajime KatoExterior view of PARADISE AIR (Photo: Hajime KATO)Corridor retaining remnants of original hotel (Photo: Hajime KATO)Living space is soundproofedArtist talk by LEE Daeil (Photo: Hajime KATO)Workshop by Pawel DZIEMIAN (Photo: Hajime KATO)

Application Guideline

Focus Area(s)

Theater, music, painting, architecture, crafts, photography/film/video, sculpture, design, performance, printmaking, fashion

Residency Period / Application Period
●Residency period
○Long-stay Program: October, 2016 - December 2016 (maximum 90 days)
○Short-stay Program: Year-round (as a rule 2 weeks)
●Application period
○Long-stay Program: June 1- August 31, 2016
○Short-stay Program: A/N
Number of Resident Artists
○Long-stay Program: 2 artists per a year
○Short-stay Program: 30 - 40 artists per a year
Conditions / Provisions
●Age limit: None
●Specification of Countries: None
* Conversational English or Japanese required
●Others: Willingness to interact with the local community
●Travel expenses: Available (one return trip between the artist’s place of residence and PARADISE AIR)
●Production expenses: Available (Up to 100,000 yen. To be determined in consultation with the executive office based on the artist’s submitted plan)
●Living expenses: Available (100,000 yen artist’s fee)
* The above applies to the Long-stay Program only
●Professional and staff support: Available
* Support is available for the coordination of production and presentation of work, and daily needs.
●Opportunities for presentations/ exhibitions: Available
* Self-introduction presentation, open studio, end-of-residency public interview, etc.
●Publication and distribution of a program report: Available
Application Procedure
Open call
Screening Process
Candidates for the Long-stay Program will be screened by external judges

Facilities Information

Program Name
Administrative Organization
Administrative Body
Agency for Cultural Affairs, Matsudo City, etc.
Facility Name
Facility Address
4th and 5th fl. Hamatomo Building, 15-4 Honcho, Matsudo City, Chiba 271-0091
Facility Description
●Studio: Available (Combined use with the accomdation)
* Approx. 30 m2
* As a rule, these are studio-cum-living quarters
●Exhibition Space: Not Available
* Non-dedicated spaces are available depending on artist requirements and plans
●Accommodation: Available
* Bath, toilet, shared kitchenette, shared washer dryer is available
* The apartments are above a pachinko (pinball) parlor, which occupies the first and second floors.
Surrounding Environment
Matsudo City is 20 km northeast of Tokyo. Historically a thriving post-station town, it has attracted traffic and goods (such as wet fish) since the Edo Period. Post-World War II Matsudo has grown into a mid-sized commuter city with a population of approx. 500,000 and good access to the capital.
Three-minute walk from Matsudo Station on the JR and Shin Keisei Lines
PARADISE AIR was first proposed in 2012 as a program that artists can run in partnership with local residents in order to achieve the goal of building an inclusive community. The proposal was made as part of “Art City for Living,” an art project organized by the Matsudo Community Planning Council. The PARADISE AIR program was designed jointly by Matsudo Community Planning Council, artist Yuta NAKAJIMA and architect Junpei MORI.
The program took off in 2013 after Hamatomo Kanko Co., Ltd., the owner of Hamatomo Building that houses PARADISE AIR, extended special cooperation to the Matsudo Community Planning Council.
Year of (Program) Commencement
Program Objectives
Drawing inspiration from Matsudo City’s past as a post-station town on a major highway between Edo (today’s Tokyo) and Mito (the regional capital), PARADISE AIR is operated under the slogan “Isshuku Ichigei (One Night, One Art).” Located in Matsudo City, Chiba Prefecture, PARADISE AIR enjoys good access from Narita International Airport and Tokyo. Leveraging the strengths of this location, PARADISE AIR is working to become a new transit point, where active exchanges take place between domestic and international artists.
Program Activities
PARADISE AIR offers the roughly 90-day-long “Long-stay Program” that supports the residency and creative activities of overseas artists, and the “Short-stay Program” that provides free accommodation from 1 to 3 weeks for domestic and overseas artists in lieu of a performance or other presentation given in the Matsudo Station area.
[Long-stay Program]
FY 2013: 2 artists were invited. / 61 applicants
FY 2014: 2 artists were invited. / 253 applicants

FY 2015: An artist was invited. / 251 applicants
FY 2016: An artist was invited. / 296 applicants

FY 2017: 2 artists were invited. / 614 applicants
[Short -stay Program]
FY 2013: 8 artists were invited. / 23 applicants
FY 2014: 6 artists were invited. / 95 applicants

FY 2015: 12 artists were invited. / 125 applicants
FY 2016: 43 artists were invited. / 134 applicants

FY 2017: Uncounted
Past Residents
Aleksandra Walaszek, LEE Daeil, Matt Sheridan, Pawel Dziemian, Purin Phanichphant, Vasco Mourao
Hamamoto bldg. 401, 15-4 Honcho, Matsudo City, Chiba 271-0091, Japan
TEL: +81-47-364-8832/FAX: +81-47-364-8833
E-mail: touch(at)
Contact person: Wataru Shoji
Last modified
September 2, 2017