Earth Art Mashiko - Hijisai 2009, 2012 to 2015
This event has ended.
Bringing earth to Shibuya, bringing the forests of Mashiko. From the “new moon”, symbol of a fresh start to the quiet completeness of the “full moon”. From 16th -30th September 2012 the second volume of the “Earth Art Festival – Hijisai” was held in Mashiko, Tochigi prefecture. With the backdrop of the Yamizo mountain, Mashiko is a town which has fostered a history as a holy place for worshippers, while well known for its farming, pottery and local crafts, it is a place which draws people towards it with a creative production intimately woven into a way of living rooted in the landscape. This exhibition presents the forests, earth, ceremonies and people of this local area and the unique perspectives distilled in the Earth Festival.
Earth – the ground beneath our feet, the source of the cycle of life. Presenting the new expressions of the rich Mashiko soil, from traditional pottery to more contemporary ceramics.
Since the Nara period Mashiko has been a center of temples and shrines, with a range of festivals expressing prayer and thanks. This section captures the rhythms of people’s lives in accordance with the wax and wane of the moon.
Mashiko is situated on the north tip of the Kanto plains, in the foothills of the .Yamizo mountain range. Here the quite air and open forests are recreated in the streets of Shibuya.