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 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.
Presented by Hachinohe City and Art & Community Co.
Supported by Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan.
Join choreographer Yukio Suzuki Suzuki as he produces a new work of art through the collaboration of music and dance!
For the third installment of the Dance Film Project,adults and children will gather at Ichinosawa Elementary and artistically record and film memories.
3 day summer dance camp taught by the students of Japan Women’s College of Physical Education.Let’s learn how to dance!
A short bus trip to see all the best summer sights of Nango, including fields filled with full bloomed buckwheat and sunflowers.
Perform new dance collections from the collaboration of jazz and dance at the Jazz Village, Nango.
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.
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.
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.
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.