2016.06.23

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KENPOKU Mountainside Art trip

  • Art
  • 1 Day
  • Solo travel
  • Mountain
Chiaki Hayashi

Reported by Chiaki Hayashi

Co-founder of Loftwork Inc. As a creative agent, her areas of expertise are not limited, they include areas such as web, community, spacial design and architecture. She also manages the digital fabrication cafe, FabCafe which is currently in operation in five countries including Taiwan, Spain and France etc. and a co-working space: MTRL that facilitates new design process by providing recourses.

From Hitachiota through Hitachiomiya, and finally to Daigo town is one of the recommended routes for visiting artworks on the mountain side. Against the backdrop of the townscape that evokes a feeling of nostalgia, with abundant forests and beautiful clear streams, the journey takes you to artworks, each unique in its own right.

START

  • 10:00 Kujiragaoka area, Umezu Kaikan
  • 11:15 The former Natural Recreation Village Management Center
  • 12:15 Michinoeki Hitachiomiya Kawa Plaza
  • 13:35 The former Yawara seishonen-no-ie
  • 14:45 The former Uwaoka Elementary School
  • 15:25 The shopping district in front of Hitachi-Daigo Station
  • 16:40 Fukuroda Falls

GOAL

10:00
Kujiragaoka area, Umezu Kaikan

The Hitachiota old town Kujiragaoka is characterised by a number of historical structures that are reminiscent of the period of prosperity. It is in one of these buildings, Umezu Kaikan, where Nipan Oranniwesna will be exhibiting his intricate work, using maps as motifs. Tahafumi Hara and Jun Kitazawa will attempt to revive Kujiragaoka, the town of nostalgia, by adding a modern twist: creating artwork and projects in collaboration with the local community. You will have exciting discoveries not only from the artwork, but also from just strolling around town!

1Kujiragaoka area, Umezu Kaikan

The Hitachiota old town Kujiragaoka is characterised by a number of historical structures that are reminiscent of the period of prosperity. It is in one of these buildings, Umezu Kaikan, where Nipan Oranniwesna will be exhibiting his intricate work, using maps as motifs. Tahafumi Hara and Jun Kitazawa will attempt to revive Kujiragaoka, the town of nostalgia, by adding a modern twist: creating artwork and projects in collaboration with the local community. You will have exciting discoveries not only from the artwork, but also from just strolling around town!

15 mins. by car

11:15
The former Natural Recreation Village Management Center

In the building which stands on top of a hill amidst the forest are the works of Oron Catts, BLC and others. A total of six groups of artists will be presenting bio-art and installations featuring animals, plants, soil, DNA and another showing how artificial cells can be integrated into art. The themes challenge the boundaries of art forms, demonstrating unprecedented expression which questions our notions of nature and life.

2The former Natural Recreation Village Management Center

In the building which stands on top of a hill amidst the forest are the works of Oron Catts, BLC and others. A total of six groups of artists will be presenting bio-art and installations featuring animals, plants, soil, DNA and another showing how artificial cells can be integrated into art. The themes challenge the boundaries of art forms, demonstrating unprecedented expression which questions our notions of nature and life.

40 mins. by car

12:15
Michinoeki Hitachiomiya Kawa Plaza

Michinoeki Hitachiomiya Kawa Plaza (river plaza), as the name suggests, is a facility located along the Kuji River opened just this spring. At the facility, locally harvested fresh produce is sold and served at the restaurant. It also functions as an information centre for KEPOKU ART 2016.  On the deck, overlooking the Kuji River, you can enjoy a sculpture piece by Ryota Shioya accompanied by the sounds of the gently passing river.

3Michinoeki Hitachiomiya Kawa Plaza

Michinoeki Hitachiomiya Kawa Plaza (river plaza), as the name suggests, is a facility located along the Kuji River opened just this spring. At the facility, locally harvested fresh produce is sold and served at the restaurant. It also functions as an information centre for KEPOKU ART 2016.  On the deck, overlooking the Kuji River, you can enjoy a sculpture piece by Ryota Shioya accompanied by the sounds of the gently passing river.

20 mins. by car

13:35
The former Yawara seishonen-no-ie

In a quiet location nestled in the mountains and clear streams of the Kuji River, Wang Te-Yu will exhibit her giant balloon at the main building, formerly a youth training and accommodation facility. The gymnasium will be covered by the silhouette of Zadok Ben-David’s sophisticated miniature plants, which change their appearances by different angles creating different worlds each time. After enjoying the exhibits, have a stroll down the Kuji River and explore the area.

4The former Yawara seishonen-no-ie

In a quiet location nestled in the mountains and clear streams of the Kuji River, Wang Te-Yu will exhibit her giant balloon at the main building, formerly a youth training and accommodation facility. The gymnasium will be covered by the silhouette of Zadok Ben-David’s sophisticated miniature plants, which change their appearances by different angles creating different worlds each time. After enjoying the exhibits, have a stroll down the Kuji River and explore the area.

45mins. by car

14:45
The former Uwaoka Elementary School

Built during the Meji era, the school has been often used as a film set and is now managed by the local preservation committee.  Collaboration projects initiated by the Ibaraki Design Promotion Conference will be conducted here involving local residents. Shintaro Tanaka’s sculpture piece will also be exhibited here. The passing of time is slow in classrooms filled with memories of the distant past.

5The former Uwaoka Elementary School

Built during the Meji era, the school has been often used as a film set and is now managed by the local preservation committee.  Collaboration projects initiated by the Ibaraki Design Promotion Conference will be conducted here involving local residents. Shintaro Tanaka’s sculpture piece will also be exhibited here. The passing of time is slow in classrooms filled with memories of the distant past.

15 mins. by car

15:25
The shopping district in front of Hitachi-Daigo Station

Close walking distance from the station you will be faced with the evocative scenery of a shopping district reminiscent of the Showa era. This charming setting is the venue for Gei-Dai-Go, a project initiated by Tokyo University of the Arts. Japanese lacquer craft house Reijunkan and empty retail spaces will showcase artworks by ten groups of artists representing the lives of the locals. Also, the tourist information center Mine will serve as an information center for KENPOKU ART 2016.

6The shopping district in front of Hitachi-Daigo Station

Close walking distance from the station you will be faced with the evocative scenery of a shopping district reminiscent of the Showa era. This charming setting is the venue for Gei-Dai-Go, a project initiated by Tokyo University of the Arts. Japanese lacquer craft house Reijunkan and empty retail spaces will showcase artworks by ten groups of artists representing the lives of the locals. Also, the tourist information center Mine will serve as an information center for KENPOKU ART 2016.

15 mins. by car

16:40
Fukuroda Falls

Listed as one of the three greatest waterfalls of Japan, the Fukuroda Falls is a famous Ibaraki tourist spot. Here you get to enjoy nature embellished by the colour of every season, especially in the fall, when the hillside is covered with autumn leaves against the backdrop of a waterfall falling on four different levels with great force. The contrast between the calm beauty of autumn leaves and the intensity of the waterfall is simply amazing. In the tunnel leading to the waterfall, Jung Hye Ryun’s installation piece that uses the waterfall and river as motifs glows, preparing visitors for what awaits beyond.

7Fukuroda Falls

Listed as one of the three greatest waterfalls of Japan, the Fukuroda Falls is a famous Ibaraki tourist spot. Here you get to enjoy nature embellished by the colour of every season, especially in the fall, when the hillside is covered with autumn leaves against the backdrop of a waterfall falling on four different levels with great force. The contrast between the calm beauty of autumn leaves and the intensity of the waterfall is simply amazing. In the tunnel leading to the waterfall, Jung Hye Ryun’s installation piece that uses the waterfall and river as motifs glows, preparing visitors for what awaits beyond.

Chiaki Hayashi
Looking back on the trip

 

The art trip started from the Umezu Kaikan/Kujiragaoka area in Hitachiota exploring Hitachiomiya, Hitachi-Daigo shopping district and Fukuroda Waterfall. The memorable part was that as you travel further north, you get deeper into the wilderness. During KENPOKU ART is when you can discover parts of northern Ibaraki no-one knows, not even the locals. Take your time and enjoy KENPOKU’s mountainside.

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