Nango Art Project 2015|Nango Re-collection

About the Art Project

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.”

For instance,
Butterbur sprouts,
& 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.

About Nango

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.


Each person has their own story,which in becomes the source of a community's pride.This project is a collection of collection of those wonderful things fonnd in Nango.

Nango Re-collection.

This is the theme of the Nango Art Project 2015.
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.


Nango Art Project 2015 [Nango Re-collection]

April 2015- March 2016
Nango Cultural Hall, Ichinosawa Elementary School, Yamamoto’s Home (Shimamori, Nango), and more!

Presented by Hachinohe City and Art & Community Co.

Supported by Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan.

Contact Information

Nango Cultural Hall
24-1 Nakaichinosawa, Ichinosawa, Nango, Hachinohe 031-0111, JAPAN
Phone: 0178-60-8080
Email: 75info@nangoartproject.jp
Please contact from 9am-5pm, closed every Monday (In case of holiday, the Cultural Hall will remain open on Monday,
and close on Tuesday instead).


55: Music and Dance in Wood

Yukio SUZUKI, Dance in Residence
55: Music and Dance in Wood

Join choreographer Yukio Suzuki Suzuki as he produces a new work of art through the collaboration of music and dance!

June 28th (Sun) 2:00 pm (1:30 pm Open)
Nango Cultural Hall
June 24th (Wed)-28th (Sun)
Film Making Project vol.3 Ichinosawa Elementary School Installment

Film Making Project vol.3
Ichinosawa Elementary School Installment

For the third installment of the Dance Film Project,adults and children will gather at Ichinosawa Elementary and artistically record and film memories.

Main Shoot
August 7th (Fri) -9th (Sun)
January 2016 (Tentatively)
Shooting Location
Ichinosawa elementary school, etc.
Summer Dance Seminar in Nango

Summer Dance Seminar in Nango

3 day summer dance camp taught by the students of Japan Women’s College of Physical Education.Let’s learn how to dance!

August 16th (Sun) -18th (Tue)
Nango Culture Hall, etc.
Nango Artrip

Nango Artrip

A short bus trip to see all the best summer sights of Nango, including fields filled with full bloomed buckwheat and sunflowers.

August 22nd (Sat), 23rd (Sun),
29th (Sat),30th (Sun)
Nango area
Dance×Jazz vol.5

Dance PerformanceDance×Jazz vol.5

Perform new dance collections from the collaboration of jazz and dance at the Jazz Village, Nango.

December 5th (Sat)
7:00 pm (6:30pm Open)
December 6th (Sun)
2:00 pm (1:30pm Open)
Nango Cultural Hall
Bar Sumamori

bar Sumamori

Mr. Yamamoto presents a multi-generational event where those of various ages can get together and congregate. The event will be hosted by a different “master” each time that will provide a unique meal and a warm reception for those who participate.

Held irregularly throughout the year
Yamamoto’s home and various other places


Getting to Nango from Downtown Hachinohe


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

Public transportation (Bus)

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).

Access to Hachinohe


The Tohoku Shinkansen (bullet train)
- From Tokyo to Hachinohe: Approximately 3 hours
- From Sendai to Hachinohe: Approximately 80 minutes


The nearest airport is the Misawa Airport. Take a shuttle bus from Misawa Airport to Hachinohe.
- From Tokyo (Haneda) to Misawa: Approximately 80 minutes
- From Osaka (Itami) to Misawa: Approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes

Misawa Airport to Hachinohe takes approximately 45 minutes by shuttle bus.


Take the Tohoku Expressway (Hachinohe-Dou):
- Tokyo (Kawaguchi JCT) – Hachinohe I.C: Approximately 7 hours
- Sendaimiyagi I.C – Hachinohe I.C: Approximately 3 hours and half
- Morioka I.C – Hachinohe I.C: Approximately 90 minutes

Expressway Bus

Tokyo (Yaesu-minamiguchi) - Hachinohe: Approximately 9 hours and 5minutes
Sendai Station – Hachinohe: Approximately 4 hours and 10 minutes
「Express HASSEI」
Morioka Station – Hachinohe: Approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes

Nango Tourism Home Page

Nango Tourism

Information about experiences and activities in the Nango countryside.


About the Venue

Hachinohe Nango Cultural Hall

Hachinohe Nango Cultural Hall

The Nango Cultural Hall is the main base of the Nango Art Project, and has strived to be the stage for the innovative and the creative since it opened in 2008.

24-1 Nakaichinosawa, Ichinosawa, Nango, Hachinohe, Aomori

Yamamoto's Home

Yamamoto's Home

Artist Yamamoto Kouichiro moved to Nango in 2012 and created a bastion of creativity and activity. His house has become a place where volunteers and locals can come together and plan activities; it has become a center for the community.

11 Kasuga, Shimamori, Nango, Hachinohe, Aomori