Communal Firewood Oven

Communal Firewood Oven

Next to the 300 years old cherry tree, at the corner of the school entrance, stands a new communal size wood burning oven. It was built following our belief that food brings people together. A truck full of sandstones, concrete …

festival vehicles

festival vehicles

On 23 October 2004 the Niigata earthquake, registering seven on the Richter scale, shook the entire district of Uonuma.The aftershocks continued for several weeks, and were followed by unusually heavy snowfall in November. Koshirakura village was cut off from the

real fiction

real fiction

There are some folk stories that have been told for generations in Koshirakura.‘A Monkey Passed’ is the story of a single father who once lived in the village with three daughters. A monkey offered to help him one harvest season, …

viewing platform

viewing platform

At the end of the Maple Tree Festival the god returns to the sky, leaving behind the tree that carried him through the village. In the past the tree would be recycled as firewood for the winter. Nowadays, with less

temporary structure

temporary structure

The initial project was an experiment in staging narratives. Each team created its own scenario, sequence and spatial setup to accommodate a short story about two people meeting in various locations around the village. Six teams made six rooms for …

slow box afterimage

slow box afterimage


Project for Tsumari Art Triennal 2000/03

In 2000 there was the first international art triennial in Tsumari District made up of seven towns and cities including Kawanishi Town. When the director Fram Kitagawa of Art Front Gallery invited me to …

azumaya

azumaya

The Azumaya (summer pavilion, arbour) is the archetype of the traditional garden hut – a refuge from the sun and the rain, a covered space rather than an enclosed interior. Traditional rules govern these small buildings. They should have no …

bus shelter

bus shelter

How big is the village? Where does it begin and end? The size of the village on the official map must be very different from the size of the landscape created in people’s minds. These landscapes cannot be measured in …