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The Room That a Poet Keeps Visiting




A room on the second floor of Hotel New Sakai is an exhibition space where Gozo Yoshimasu always stayed when he came to Ayukawa to prepare for his exhibition. Here you can see these newborn poems, which he wrote while gazing out at Kinkasan, and the place where Yoshimasu created his work. (GOZO YOSHIMASU)

OPEN : 9:00 - 18:00(Free)
※ If you would like to see it, call the hotel.

  • MADE IN 2019
  • OPEN


Poet. Born in 1939 in Tokyo, Japan. Gozo Yoshimasu graduated from the Department of Literary Studies at Keio University in 1945. Owing to the poetry magazine Drumcan to which he contributed while at university, he entered the world of poetry in the 1960s as a standard-bearer for poetry, projecting an image of rushing linguistic impulses on the verge of explosion. Since the publication of his debut poetry collection Departure in 1964, he has traveled to various regions of Japan and the world over half a century, shifting to the phase of incoporating the spirits of different lands and voices of others into his poetic space while continuing to create groundbreaking work at the forefront of contemporary poetry. His published poetry collections include Anthology of Golden Age Poetry; River Written in Cursive; Osiris, God of Stone; Helix Songs, and Kemono kun (little monster). In addition, he has written numerous works of literary criticism including I Am a Flaming Mirage and A Lifetime’s Path through Dreams: Walking with Orikuchi Shinobu, and is a pioneer of poetry recital performances in Japan and abroad. In recent years, Yoshimasu has broken new ground in works that sharpen the visual, auditory and other senses, such as omote-gami (Mainichi Art Award) that combines his own poetry with multi- exposure photos, video works known as gozo-ciné that function as documents of poems, and objects that involve letter engraving onto copper plate. In 2015, he was recognized as a Person of Cultural Merit, and was awarded the Imperial Prize and Japan Art Academy Prize. Yoshimasu is a member of the Japan Art Academy. His exhibitions include “The Voice Between: The Art and Poetry of Yoshimasu Gozo” held at The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo in 2016 and “The Echoes from the Abyss: The Poems of Gozo Yoshimasu” held respectively at Ashikaga Museum of Art, Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum, and the Shoto Museum of Art between 2017 and 2018.


Ayukawa is at the southern end of the Oshika Peninsula, about a one-hour drive from the city center. There is a spectacular sea view of Kinkasan Island, one of the three great mystical sites of Oshu (the old name of northeastern Honshu). Off the coast of Kinkasan is one of the world’s three most abundant fisheries, where the Kuroshio and Oyashio ocean currents meet, and the area once flourished as a base for whaling. "Ayukawahama Visitors Center" is scheduled to open here in 2019. "Whale Town Oshika" will open in 2020.

permanent exhibition

Art works that can be seen now



Reborn-Art Festival 2021-22
— Altruism and Fluidity —

【 Period 】

ONLINE : Jan 6 (Wed) 2021 -
SUMMER : Aug 11 (Wed/holi) 2021 - Sep 26(Sun) 2021
SPRING : Aip 23(Sat)2022 - Jun 5(Sun)2022
※ There will be a maintenance day during the session.

【 Venue 】

ー Summer ー
Central Ishinomaki
Oshika peninsula(Momonoura、Oginohama、kozumihama、Ayukawa、and more...)

ー Spring ー

【 Organizers 】

Reborn-Art Festival Executive Committee,
ap bank

【 Grants 】

the Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan in the fiscal 2021

【 Translation 】
hanare × Social Kitchen Translation

【 Web direction 】