Author: Julia

The Road to Rice Valley

Rice Valley Projects began as an offshoot to our collaborative art practice as artists Ken + Julia Yonetani. Most of our artwork touches on environmental themes. Farming began as a way to put our environmental concerns into practice, as an experiment in self sufficient living.


We soon realised that farming was not only a way of life but also an art in itself. Both our artistic practice and our farming have seen molded together in intricate forms, as both, in different ways, offer a sense of a larger world and larger self.


For details on our artistic practice, please view

Rice Valley Projects

Rice Valley Projects gives writers and artists opportunities and experiences in countryside Kyoto, Japan, in a small farming village that has experienced severe “Kasoka”, that is depopulation and the aging of the population.

Rice Valley Projects has hosted residencies from artists from Europe, Brazil, Canada and Australia.

People interested in an artist or farming residency can find more information at