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.

Central Ishinomaki Area 1 Shinichi Nakazawa
Central Ishinomaki Area 2 Kaoru Arima

Central Ishinomaki Area 1 THEME

Art-Ritual for Sea

Shinichi Nakazawa

An “art ritual” intended to summon the majestic flow of the Kuroshio ocean current toward Ishinomaki will be staged to reopen the hearts of Japanese people toward the sea. Zai Kuning, invited from Singapore, near the source of the Kuroshio current, is himself the descendant of seafarers, and has been staging similar art rituals integrating the power of the imagination with the natural mean environment to resurrect the wildness of spirit that human beings are losing. “More than an artist, I want to be a kind of demon,” says Mr. Zai, who is sure to shape the primal human emotions of deep gratitude toward the mystical power of the sea into dynamic and compelling art.


Shinichi Nakazawa

Born on May 28, 1950 in Yamanashi Prefecture, Professor Nakazawa completed his doctoral course at the Graduate School of Humanities, University of Tokyo and is now active as a theorist and anthropologist. He currently serves as the Director of the Institut pour la Science Sauvage at Meiji University. After studying Buddhism in Tibet, Nakazawa conceived and developed the research field of “spiritual archeology,” which encompasses the entire realm of human thought. He taught as a professor at Chuo University and served as the Director of Institute for Art Anthropology at Tama Art University before becoming the Director of the Institut pour la Science Sauvage at Meiji University. His many publications include: Mozart in Tibet (Suntory Prize for Social Sciences and Humanities); A Baroque Thinker in the Forest (Yomiuri Prize for Literature); The Philosophy of Tōhoku (Saito Ryokū Award); Philosophia Japonica (Ito Sei Prize for Literature); Cahiers Sauvages (5 volumes, awarded the Kobayashi Hideo Prize for Vol. 5, Symmetrical Anthropology); On green Capital; The King of the Spirits; Earth Diver (Kuwahara Takeo Academic Award); Art Anthropology; Wild Science; and The Earth of Japanese Literature. More recent works include Dicisive moment of Kumagusu and Eaeth Diver; urban sacred in Tokyo. In recognition of his research achievements, Nakazawa was awarded the 26th Minakata Kumagusu Prize (Humanities Category) in May 2016.


Central Ishinomaki Area 2 THEME

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

Akio Tanaka solo exhibition @Panacc Keitei 2F