Located in a somewhat secluded area in Japan's Noto Peninsula, Oku-Noto may not be as popular as other places in the country. However, Oku-Noto has remained a "fount of Japanese culture," where traditional festivals and rituals—such askiriko (giant lanterns), festival floats, and yobare (inviting families, friends and neighbours to feasts on festival days)—can be found.
That is why, starting September 3, Oku-Noto Triennale 2017 will be held to introduce the charms of Oku-Noto to the public. The event will run until October 22.
For more information, visit their official website here.
From the organizer:
“SUZU 2017: Oku-Noto Triennale” aims to be an unprecedented festival in which participating artists can rediscover the charm of the place, its patterns of life and its people, while engaging locals and supporters from elsewhere. Artworks installed across the region, from the sotoura to the uchiura, will not only show a new way to explore the Oku-Noto cape, but also suggest future directions for the oyashio-culture, including a relationship between the Japanese archipelago and the continent. Local delicacies from the sea and mountains prepared according to traditional recipes; kiriko lanterns which are believed to relate to sea spirits; suzuyaki (unglazed ware) pottery, agehama-style salt fields (artificially flooded saltpans set above the high-tide mark), and Noto-gawara (Noto roofing tiles) – all of these distinctive things encountered and experienced here remind us of the foundational layers of Japanese culture.
This archetype of Japanese culture preserved in Suzu presents a forgotten Japan of profound significance for the current era, when we must consider the foundation and future of Japan in the face of global environmental issues and the corruption of ethical values within capitalism. Let’s create an art festival where traditional culture resonates with contemporary art.
Image c/o Oku-Noto Triennale's Facebook page.