Nango Art Project is a project to rediscover the fascination and charm of Nango
through the medium of art.
Let’s discover something exciting in Nango.
What is there in Nango?
If you ask the people there, they will humbly say that there is nothing special about Nango.
However, under their smile that covers their embarrassment,
You can find a hidden message:
“There are little-known, but much-valued things to be found in Nango.”
& the unique sense of humor of the local Tiger Dancers.
Each person has a unique story to tell.
That is the source of pride that swells the hearts of the people of Nango.
Isn’t Nango and interesting place?
As these charmingly lovely things come into
focus gazed at from fresh eyes, there
arises the feeling to correct initial perceptions.
Nango is nestled within the mountains, located in the southern part of Hachinohe City.
Nango was incorporated into Hachinohe City in March, 2005.
Hachinohe is an ocean oriented city, and is famous for its delicious seafood.
Conversely, Nango is lush, green and mountainous. In such an expansive, mountainous, and rustic area you may even run into some mountain wildlife!
You will also find seasonal delights such as fireflies illuminating the riverside, blooming sunflowers, autumn leaves changing colors along the lake side and salmon ascending the streams to spawn. These are just some of the wonderful natural events that occur as the seasons change.
Furthermore, Nango has an abundance of delicious local produce such as mountain vegetables, rice, blueberries, apples, and buckwheat, which is used to make fresh soba noodles.
Here is a place you can coexist with nature.
The people of Nango have long lived in harmony with the surrounding nature and reaped its blessings.
Nango’s climate has not only nurtured a rich abundance of nature, but has also nurtured a rich culture of traditions, such as Kagura (Shinto music and dances), Toramai (tiger dance), and Enburi (a winter festival). These traditions have been created in and molded by the harshness of nature.
While preserving its traditional culture that has been handed down continuously for generations, Nango at the same time has become increasingly famous for its patronage of iazz, and its annual jazz festival that has been held for the last 25 years.
Truly Nango is a place where tradition and modern culture fuse together.
This is the theme of the Nango Art Project 2017.
We will gather the threads of these stories that have molded and built Nango,
and through the medium of art we will (Re)-collect them, to spin a new recollection of Nango.
Presented by Hachinohe City and Art & Community Co.
Supported by Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan.
Enjoy a performance made up of a collection of 3 dances including a dance routine composed by the Japanese Women’s College of Physical Education’s Dance-Producing Society and the participants from the Summer Dance Seminar, an Indonesian Cirebon Mask Dance, and a Nambu Folk & Te-Odori Dance.
In「Collecting Stories」we joined with the people of Nango to hear their tales about times long past, gathering these wonderful memories that make up the story of Nango. This exhibit will display the photographs that were taken as we listened and recorded, allowing viewers to appreciate these people and the atmosphere that was created as they shared their lives.
Join us as we learn dances from the students of the Japanese Women’s College of Physical Education. Immerse yourself in Dance for three days during the Nango summer.
Both Jazz and contemporary dance will be joined together to create a new art piece during the sixth installment of “DANCE X JAZZ” project in Nango, The Villgage of Jazz.
While listening to the stories and episodes from peoples lives in Nango and learning from the knowledge of the area, we will take the stories and use them as a theme to create a set of traditional Japanese playing cards called karuta.
Led by artist dyer Hiromi Oka, this project will collect the vibrant seasonal colors of Nango through the medium of dye.
Nango was once known as “The Village of the Whale” as many people living in the village were whale hunters. Using this interesting part of Nango’s history as a theme, the project aims to create a new stage production.
Participants will learn how to cook local dishes from the people of Nango and using recipes that were borne from the lifestyle of Nango, while also tasting the culture both figuratively and literally.
The people of Nango have long had unique craftsmanship skills that have been acquired and shaped by the historical culture and natural landscape of the area. This project will research the produce and goods of the Nango area that are exemplary of the unique skills of its people, and look to present it to the whole country.
From downtown Hachinohe (aka Mikkamachi) using the public highway: Approximately 25 minutes
From JR Hachinohe Station using the public highway: Approximately 40 minutes
From Hachinohe I.C to Nango I.C using the Tohoku Toll Road: Approximately 10 minutes
From downtown Hachinohe (Mikkamachi): Approximately 45 minutes
Take the F116 or F111 Nanbu Bus at Hon-Hachinohe Station or the downtown bus terminal(Chuo-dori, No.3 bus station)
Get off at “Michi-no-eki Nango” or “the Nango BranchOffice”(Nango jimusho-mae).
Misawa Airport to Hachinohe takes approximately 45 minutes by shuttle bus.
Information about experiences and activities in the Nango countryside.
Yama-no-Gakko is a place where you can experience the countryside and the full beauty of the changing seasons in Nango. It is a place of tranquility and a space to breath easier.
A former elementary school, the Yama-no-Gakko has now been converted into a learning where people from all over can to try new and exciting experiences. During the summer, the fields around the Yama-no-Gakko are filled with blooming sunflowers and white buckwheat flowers, a sight for which visitors come from all over to see.
A place for the community, A place for learning about life.
The Nango Community center serves as a meeting place and a learning center for various life skills for the community of Nango. It is also a facility that has become a focal point for community building for the area.