What is Reborn-Art Festival?

What is Reborn-Art Festival?

Taking place in Oshika Peninsula and Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, Reborn-Art Festival offers visitors opportunities to enjoy art, music, and food.
At the second edition of the festival in 2019, seven teams of curators works with various artists to create art while thinking about “Texture of Life” in each area.
Ishinomaki is approximately 2.5 hours from Tokyo, or about 1 hours from Sendai. Travel around and enjoy art, music, and dining at various sites in the city, peninsula and islands.


Art that offers glimpses
of the region’s future

Working with seven teams of curators, more than 40 artists will present their works. Artists who have encountered the memories of the people and land in various regions, and experienced their abundance, strength, severity and kindness, will communicate diverse messages and reveal unknown worlds.

Music fused with
art and community

From the opening onward, there will be various musical events including the Kenji in Four Dimensions – The Final Edition, a fantastical concert on a tranquil beach, and a Bon-odori midsummer festival where everyone joins in traditional dances. The music performed by diverse musicians in abundant natural surroundings will fuse with the sites and with works of visual art, making the festival more impressive.

Exploring the regional
culture through food

Food directors Jérôme Waag (former head chef at Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California) and Shinichiro Harakawa will work with food producers and artists to discover local ingredients and culinary culture. In addition to restaurants and an izakaya (Japanese dining pub) on the beach, visitors will have the opportunity to explore local cuisine in the Ishinomaki Food Adventure event.

Texture of Life

Traces of the unprecedented disaster caused by nature’s wrath are still visible all around the Tohoku region of northeast Japan. But we should not describe what happened in the region only in negative ways. Indeed, transforming the negative into the positive is what has shaped this art festival, which is organized around the concept of “reborn” art as a means of living. At the first festival in 2017, people’s ideas and connections were newly born in various forms through art.

For the festival’s second edition in 2019, we will explore this theme of “Texture of Life.” The conditions under which we live in contemporary society, not least the uncontrollable economy, seem to take us further and further from the true essence of life. I hope visitors will come to see these artworks filled with the vitality that is unique to Ishinomaki, artworks that bring us into contact profoundly with the roots of humanity, and experience their forward-looking dynamism that discovers new positives.

Takeshi Kobayashi, Chair,
Reborn Art Festival Executive Committee


  • Overnight events planned
    An overnight program, “Happening on the Night Side,” is scheduled at Momonoura Village and the former Oginohama Elementary School. Deepen your experience of the “Texture of Life” through art, music and food that differs from those of the daytime.
  • Stay overnight and have hands-on experiences at Momonoura Village
    At Momonoura Village, the Reborn-Art Festival’s official accommodation and experiential facility, we are preparing programs enabling participants to learn from and act on the innate power of humanity and wisdom of life. The architecture of the facility, by Dot Architects and associates, is another highlight.
  • Opening performances to be held!
    Opening performances are scheduled for August 3 (Sat.) and 4 (Sun.) at Ishinomaki City General Gymnasium. Featured performers and ticket sales information to be announced at a later date. We look forward to seeing you there!
  • Kenji in Four Dimensions – The Final Edition
    ticket now on sale!
    Kenji in Four Dimensions – The Final Edition (based on stories by Kenji Miyazawa, script by Shinichi Nakazawa, music by Takeshi Kobayashi) has now been completed. It will be performed in July in Kamaishi and September in Shiogama, starring Shinnosuke Matsushima, Salyu, KOM_I and others.
  • Exploring local ingredients of Ishinomaki and the Oshika Peninsula
    Food directors Jérôme Waag and Shinichiro Harakawa will conduct the participatory event Ishinomaki Food Adventure, exploring local ingredients and cuisine with fishermen and artists.
  • Two dining locations to open in Oginohama
    Talented chefs from Miyagi Prefecture and elsewhere serve up fine cuisine at Reborn-Art Dining, and the Hama no Okaa-san (Seaside Mothers) group will serve traditional local dishes at the Hama-Saisai eatery. Both operated during the first (2017) edition of RAF and will be reopening this time.




*Junior high school students and younger are free
*Prices include tax

Discounted advance vouchers now on sale!
Passports offer admission to all works of art
With a passport, you can view all the works for the duration of the festival. If you purchase an advance voucher by August 2, 2019, you can save 500 yen compared to tickets purchased on the day.

*Opening performance tickets will be sold in advance as part of a set along with passport (details to be announced at a later date on the official website and social media). If you are planning to purchase an opening-performance ticket, please wait for further information.
Purchase procedure
Purchase an advance voucher on the special website(coming soon), and exchange it for a passport at the Reborn-Art Festival’s key information offices (to be set up at multiple locations in Ishinomaki City and on the Oshika Peninsula) while the festival is in session.


Official bus tours enable viewers to see virtually all the works
During the festival, there will be bus tours around the Oshika Peninsula (departing from Ishinomaki station) and Ajishima (departing from Ajishima). On all tours, participants assemble in the morning, travel by bus, listen to talks by guides and view major works of art, and disband in the evening (lunch included, passport to view works sold separately). If you visit for two days (stay overnight one night) and take part in both tours, you can see virtually all of the works. We will start accepting reservations in early June.


Reborn-Art Festival 2019

August 3(Sat) - September 29(Sun) 2019
* Festival scheduled to be closed on Wednesdays
(except on Aug. 14 and when special events are held)
* Ajishima area events from August 20

Oshika peninsula, Ajishima, Central Ishinomaki, Matsushima Bay
(Ishinomaki City, Shiogama City, Higashimatsushima City, Matsushima Town, Onagawa Town, Miyagi Prefecture)

Reborn-Art Festival Executive Committee,
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Miyagi Prefecture, Ishinomaki City,
Shiogama City, Higashimatsushima City,
Matsushima Town, Onagawa Town,
Kahoku Shimpo Publishing Co. ,
JR East-Sendai , Yahoo Japan Corporation

Supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan in the fiscal 2019

the Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan in the fiscal 2019


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Kenji in Four Dimensions – The Final Edition

Kenji in Four Dimensions – the first part, 2017

About two years have passed since the first part of this opera was staged in 2017.
Now, the second and third parts have been written and composed, and the work is complete. Philosopher Shinichi Nakazawa wrote the script based on stories by Kenji Miyazawa, and Takeshi Kobayashi composed music, for this stunningly original work.
This spectacular new post-rock opera features an unprecedented format and a cast newly featuring actor Shinnosuke Mitsushima, KOM_I (of the music group Wednesday Campanella) and others.

Based on stories by: Kenji Miyazawa
Script: Shinichi Nakazawa
Music: Takeshi Kobayashi
Performers: Shinnosuke Mitsushima, Salyu, KOM_I (of Wednesday Campanella), Hiroko Yamaguchi and others

<Iwate Performance>
Kenji in Four Dimensions – The Final Edition
Date: July 13 (Sat.), 2019
Venue: TETTO (Kamaishi Civic Hall)

Details regarding tickets *Japanese page only

<Miyagi Performance>
Kenji in Four Dimensions – The Final Edition,
supported by Kinoshita Group
Dates: September 22 (Sun.) and 23 (Mon./Public holiday), 2019
Venue: Shiogama Sugimura Jun Museum of Art

Ishimaki Food Adventure

The event’s food directors, Jerome Waag and Shinichiro Harakawa, champion the concept,
“Before We Cook – The Nature of Food.”
The event begins with a tour of food and nature in Ishimaki’s Ojika Peninsula.
In this food adventure, participants will open up their senses
and use their bodies to discover and learn new things.
At the Reborn-Art DINING restaurant in the Oginohama area, participants will
then join forces with a guest chef, (who will also take part in the tour)
to express their experiences on the plate. Participants can enjoy fresh cooking to the fullest.
The results will then be displayed in a food museum, housed in a classroom at
the former Oginohama Elementary School, located in the Momonoura area.
Other events are also planned for the school playground.

Food Director

Jérôme Waag
Jérôme Waag

Born in Paris. Former head chef and artist at the restaurant Chez Panisse in Berkeley, California. In 2016, Waag moved to Tokyo to open the Blind Donkey, which opened its doors in 2017 in Kanda.

Shinichiro Harakawa
Shinichiro Harakawa

After working as a chef at La Madeleine (France, then with two Michelin stars) and Uguisu (Sangenjaya, Tokyo), Harakawa opened Beard in Meguro in 2012 (closed in August 2017). Alongside various activities such as the Nomadic Kitchen, he has done regular internships at Chez Panisse in Berkeley California, and in 2017 opened the Blind Donkey in Kanda with Jérôme Waag.