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Japan hotels: An immersion in modern art

Coronavirus convinces innkeepers to reach out to creatives in search for guests

A new kind of art colony: Mariko Iguchi livestreamed herself at work on YouTube while staying at Kaganhotel in Kyoto.

TOKYO -- Keith Spencer, a 37-year-old American artist, has been staying at a hotel in Kyoto since last year. He likes the learning atmosphere and compares it favorably to his time in graduate school.

"I finished my graduate study in Canada," he said, "but there was no art community nearby. Here, I can meet artists from different backgrounds, including photographers and calligraphers, and learn a lot from them."

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