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Oku-kuji clear stream area
The area symbolizes the "mountain” side of KENPOKU ART. Amongst forests and streams, there are towns in which historic architecture of Meiji to Showa era still maintains its presence. The area is also famous for its washi and lacquer crafts.
While known as the birthplace of Tokugawa Mitsukuni (1628 - 1701), a prominent daimyo (feudal lord) who was known for his influence in the politics of the early Edo period, Hitachiota Kujiragaoka also has some arty aspects characterized by its retro shopping streets that evoke a feeling of nostalgia. There are cafes, galleries and small shops. Stepping out of the lively atmosphere of the shopping streets you are faced with a vast sprawl of wilderness with paddy fields and mountains.
17 September - 20 November 2016, Northern Ibaraki Prefecture, Japan. General Director: Fumio Nanjo. Curators: Yukiko Shikata, Kodama Kanazawa.