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Yayoi Kusama

2Taking place in Oshika Peninsula and Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, Reborn-Art Festival offers visitors opportunities to enjoy art, music, and food.
At the second edition of the festival in 2019, seven teams of curators work with various artists to create art while thinking about “Texture of Life” in each area. Ishinomaki is approximately 2.5 hours from Tokyo or about 1 hour from Sendai. Travel around and enjoy art, music, and dining at various sites in the city, peninsula and islands.

Texture of Life

Traces of the unprecedented disaster caused by nature’s wrath are still visible all around the Tohoku region of northeast Japan. But we should not describe what happened in the region only in negative ways. Indeed, transforming the negative into the positive is what has shaped this art festival, which is organized around the concept of “reborn” art as a means of living. At the first festival in 2017, people’s ideas and connections were newly born in various forms through art.

For the festival’s second edition in 2019, we will explore this theme of “Texture of Life.” The conditions under which we live in contemporary society, not least the uncontrollable economy, seem to take us further and further from the true essence of life. I hope visitors will come to see these artworks filled with the vitality that is unique to Ishinomaki, artworks that bring us into contact profoundly with the roots of humanity, and experience their forward-looking dynamism that discovers new positives.

Takeshi Kobayashi, Chair, Reborn Art Festival Executive Committee

  • Date: August 3 (Sat) – September 29 (Sun)

  • Venue: Oshika peninsula, Ajishima, Central Ishinomaki, Matsushima Bay (Ishinomaki City, Shiogama City, Higashimatsushima City, Matsushima Town, Onagawa Town, Miyagi Prefecture)
  • Organizer:
    Reborn-Art Festival Executive Committee,
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  • Co-organizers:
    Miyagi Prefecture, Ishinomaki City,
    Shiogama City, Higashimatsushima City,
    Matsushima Town, Onagawa Town,
    Kahoku Shimpo Publishing Co. ,
    JR East-Sendai, Yahoo Japan Corporation
  • Grant:
    The Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan in fiscal 2019
    Aichi Triennale 2019
    2019 Sanriku Disaster Risk Reduction & Reconstruction Project
    Setouchi Triennale 2019

Kouhei Nawa, White Deer(Oshika)

Discounted advance vouchers now on sale!

Passports offer admission to all works of art
With a passport, you can view all the works for the duration of the festival. If you purchase an advance voucher by August 2, 2019, you can save 500 yen compared to tickets purchased on the day.

*Opening performance tickets will be sold in advance as part of a set along with passport (details to be announced at a later date on the official website and social media). If you are planning to purchase an opening-performance ticket, please wait for further information.

Purchase an advance voucher on the special website(coming soon), and exchange it for a passport at the Reborn-Art Festival’s key information offices (to be set up at multiple locations in Ishinomaki City and on the Oshika Peninsula) while the festival is in session.

Takeshi Kobayashi × wow × daysyballoon