Central Ishinomaki Area

This is the central urban area of Ishinomaki City, Miyagi Prefecture’s second largest after Sendai City. A short walk from Ishinomaki Station, which serves as a transit hub for visitors, is a shopping district with a wide range of dining options and accommodations. On an island in the Kyu-Kitakami River is the Ishinomori Manga Museum, and there are statues of characters designed by manga artist Shotaro Ishinomori here and there around the city.


Manga Road and Art Road of the City

Kaoru Arima

Ishinomaki City is home to the Ishinomaki Mangattan Museum and Manga Road.
The concept of Reborn-Art Festival 2019 is to bring an “art road” to the city.
This is a continuation of the concept I adopted for RAF 2017
— to ensure the Ishinomaki art scene continues after the art festival.
For this reason, artists from Ishinomaki are at the center of this year’s curation.
Gathering Ishinomaki artists, we will plant seeds, nurture them, and wait for new buds to emerge.
There may already be artists who blossom in this exhibition. In addition,
with the birth of a new art space, dots will connect to make a line—an “art road.” Moreover,
in Ishinomaki, whose concept embodies “manga thinking,”
the characters of Shotaro Ishinomori can be seen throughout the town.
They can be seen as an expansion of his world-view.
In this exhibition, we will consider what “manga” and “manga thinking” means to Ishinomaki.


Kaoru Arima

Born in Aichi Prefecture in 1969. Based in Ishinomaki city, Miyagi Prefecture. He works mainly on drawing, also on painting and sculpture. He runs Kiwamari-so Project.
“To see”, Queer Thoughts, New York (Solo exhibition, 2018), “Reborn-Art Festival 2017”, Ishinomaki city (Group exhibition, 2017), “Face of a human”, MISAKO & ROSEN, Tokyo (Solo exhibition, 2015), “Rainbow”, Queer Thoughts, Nicaragua (Group exhibition, 2015), “Now Japan”, Kunsthal KAdE, Amersfoort, Netherlands (Group exhibition, 2013), “The Age of Micropop: The New Generation of Japanese Artists”, Art Tower Mito Contemporary Gallery, Mito (Group exhibition, 2007), “54th Carnegie International”, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh (Group exhibition, 2004)


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Yamagata Geijutsu Kaiwai @former Kashiwa-ya

Kiwamari-so in Ishinomaki @Kiwamari-so in Ishinomaki

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Toshinao Aoki solo exhibition @former travel agency

Toshinao Aoki solo exhibition @former travel agency

Central Ishinomaki Area MAP