-Nokosaremura Art Exhibition
Saturday, April 8 to Sunday, June 4, 2017 (Closed: Wednesdays)
Welcome House (visitor center) Hours: 10 am to 5 pm
Estimated touring time: 3 hours
Art works: 45
Map to exhibits: 500 yen
Donations: most welcome
The Nokosaremura Art Exhibition is now open to all! That said, we don’t want to overwhelm our twenty permanent residents. After the 10th day of the exhibition we may ask that weekend visitors call to make a reservation. Please check this website again after the 18th of April.
The organizers ask that you purchase our exhibition map for 500 yen in exchange for a place to relax and come out of the rain, something to drink and the use of the restrooms. Maps are only available at the Welcome House (visitor center). When the Welcome House closes at 5 pm all lighting, sound and video equipment in exhibits will be turned off.
We ask that you respect all roped-off areas for your protection. Visitors are asked to stop by the Welcome House for a map which is essential for locating all thirty of the exhibits. Following the map, you may be able to do the course in about 3 hours, unless you pause to take pictures and discuss the work, in which case it may take twice as long.
The organizers have used white paint on wooden posts and red arrows to guide you to the exhibits. QR codes at each exhibit will connect you to Internet information on each work and artist.
Temperatures here are generally 5 to 10 degrees colder than in the urban Kansai area and it is usually raining. Exhibits are situated along mountain trails, so please don’t wear high-heeled shoes or sandals. First-come-first-served rubber boots are available for 100 yen per day. Numbers are limited so bring your own, if possible. Please be aware that leeches are very prevalent in the area and that vipers and biting centipedes (though shy) are known to make an occasional appearance. Boots are a must and having some salt will give you the upper hand with the leeches.
When you are ready for a break, restrooms or a place to sit you can go to the Welcome House, Kiyasume-do, the Miyata's house, the Hosokawa public restrooms, the temple or the Imamiya’s house (see map). Coffee is also available.
Hungry? Within walking distance are: Wabian for buckwheat noodles and Hanahisa for mackerel and other sushi. (See map) Recommended restaurants in Kutsuki include Hasegawa, for traditional Japanese cuisine at a reasonable rate and Paradiso, for Italian cuisine by a former hotel chef.
If you find yourself inspired to create a work of art, please join in the fun by collecting local natural materials, and purchasing one of our black or white Nokosare Bako boxes for 800 yen (plus shipping costs). Tools and materials are available at the workshop next to Kiyasume-do. We will display your piece in the workshop and return it to you after the exhibition closes on June 4, 2017.
Restaurants within Walking Distance:
・Soba Wabian Soba starts at ￥800 (077-599-2344 Japanese only）Closed Tuesdays.
・Sabazushi Hananisa Sushi dinner starts at ￥1,200 (077-545-5761 Japanese only)
・Satoyama Sha Genroku ￥4,000/person/night (077-599-2463 – English ok）
2016 Call for Participating Artists
(This explains the parameters for the current exhibition.)
We request that you visit the area and arrange for a tour. Please create your work based on what you discover or learn about this place.
Work can be: 2-D, Video, Installations, or other genres
Work must be created for a specific place in the neighborhood of Hosokawa. Your work will be indicated on a map and seen by visitors to the exhibition. Work should in some way blend into and be incorporated or rooted in the nature of the land, history, or climate of the area without disturbing the village, its atmosphere or residents Create a delightful surprise or something visitors can admire. Your work should be able to benefit from or withstand exposure to the elements.
●Duration of Exhibition
Saturday, April 8 through Sunday, June 4, 2017
Within the borders of Katsuragawa Hosokawa-cho, Otsu city
Persons wishing to submit work should send an email with their ① artist name, ② Real name, ③ Postal code and mailing address、④ cell phone number, ⑤ homepage (one that can be made public), the URL of your blog, Facebook, twitter or other SNS address.
The end of August 2016