Five points to enjoy Sapporo International Art Festival 2014 (second part)
August 26, 2014
Continuing on from part one, we introduce the highlights of the Sapporo International Art Festival 2014, which runs until September 28 (Sun). In this second part, we pick up on a famous sightseeing spot, a historic building and an underground walkway with excellent access, and we answer the questions “Where should I visit?” and “Can I also enjoy it with my kids?” Do not miss the Sapporo International Art Festival 2014 with numerous appealing artistic works!
Sapporo International Art Festival 2014
|Open||July 19 – September 28, 2014|
|Telephone||011-211-2314 (Creative City Sapporo, Sapporo International Art Festival Executive Committee, Sapporo International Art Festival Organizing Office)|
The Sapporo Shiryokan, which undergoes a great transformation for the art festival, is a place for relaxation and refreshment you will want to visit with your children.
The historic building, the Sapporo Shiryokan, transforms into a space where you can spend a relaxing time with your children. It is a place for relaxation and refreshment, with a park, a café and a picture-book workshop.
During the Sapporo International Art Festival 2014, what is always crowded with children whenever you visit is the "Korogaru Park in Nature supported by Sapporo Marui Mitsukoshi" set up in the back gardens. It is a hands-on artistic work where kids can enjoy play using their bodies and media at the same time (*). They can slide down and run around on the undulating floors made from wood produced in Hokkaido, really experiencing this artistic work using their bodies. There are many gimmicks to play with, such as boards which make sounds when you step on them and bells which hang down. There are telephones in Korogaru Park that ring every few minutes and they are very popular with the children. The fun is in what you will hear on the other end of the line. The park apparently evolves with the ideas of the children.
If you are visiting with children below preschool age, we recommend the "Sapporo Picture Book Meeting" held on the second floor. In addition to continuously running the "Bonus Picture Book Meetings" where you can add a story to the last page of picture book to make a one-of-a-kind book, it is a space where you can relax and enjoy drawing pictures, etc. You will also see parents reading to their children. You can enjoy a picnic on the lawns of the backyard, or unwind in the SIAF café or SIAF salon with a view of the Odori Park rose garden from the window. Please enjoy spending a slow, relaxing time with your children.
* Suitable for elementary school children. On weekdays, 10:00–16:30 from August 22, children younger than elementary school age may also enter (must be accompanied by a guardian).
At the historic red-brick government building, enjoy photos and music born from involvement with the Ainu
At the Former Hokkaido Government Office (red brick government building), the works of photographers and musicians with a deep connection to Hokkaido are introduced. You can appreciate works that were born out of a relationship with the Ainu people. It is an exhibition where you can get a deep sense of the history Hokkaido, inside the red brick government building that is an important cultural property of the country.
Muroran-born Genichiro Kakegawa was active as a socially concerned cameraman. He published numerous photos that capture the landscape of Hokkaido and the lives of the Ainu people. Precious photos of traditional Ainu ceremonies and play are on show. From the memos he left behind you can get a sense of Kakegawa's deep connection with the Ainu people.
Kushiro-born Akira Ifukube is one of Japan’s leading composers of contemporary music, known for having composed the score for the movie Godzilla. He came in contact with Ainu culture as a child and was greatly influenced by it. At the venue, as well as his hand-written score for the first movie in the "GODZILLA" series, released in 1954, they are showing the science movie "Shimo no Hana (frost flowers)" (Supervised by scientist Ukichiro Nakaya, who was introduced in the first part of this special column) for which he was responsible for the music. Please enjoy the beautiful images which show the process by which frost is formed. Do not miss listening to the characteristic movement of the sound at the beginning.
Furthermore, "cast a stone" by Michihiro Shimabuku is on display in Sapporo city Kita 3-jo square, located in front of the main gate of the red-brick government building. This work represents the theme of "City and Nature" of the Sapporo International Art Festival 2014 in the most straightforward way. A great stone known as "Kotaro stone" brought in from Biratori-cho Nibutani, Hokkaido—a place with which the Ainu people have a deep connection—is cast right in the middle of Sapporo city. At the opening event for the festival, the divine ritual "kamuinomi" was performed by the Ainu people in front of this stone. This huge stone sitting proudly against the backdrop of the red-brick government building is a great spot for taking a photo which will only be around for the duration of the festival.
No. 1 for great access. Two underground venues where you can enjoy as you move around the art festival.
The underground main street, Sapporo Ekimae-dori underground walkway space (Chi-Ka-Ho) and the Sapporo Odori 500-m Underground Walkway Gallery, where you can enjoy the art festival in a relaxed way.
Based on the history of Sapporo where water is said to have once flowed through this place, the Chi-Ka-Ho venue features exhibits which focus on the flow of people, water and invisible information (Streams). Among them, a fun artistic work which changes from moment to moment is the "Semi-senseless Drawing Modules (SDM)" by So Kanno / yang02. Several sensors detect the ambient temperature, noise and traffic in Chi-Ka-Ho and produce line drawings. The beautiful curved lines that start to appear as the days go by and the scene of the slow movements of multiple modules catch the eye, and many people will stop to take a look.
The information center located close to the Sapporo Station-side entrance features an official shop. Books related to the exhibiting artists and art festival original goods are on sale.
The Sapporo Odori 500-m Underground Walkway Gallery is holding an exhibition by artists with connections to Hokkaido and Sapporo. Takemasa Narahara hails from the reclaimed farmland areas of Tokachi and he has experienced reclamation in a harsh natural environment from a young age. His "Daichi / Kaikon 2014-7" is a 40m-long artistic work made by crushing steel and empty cans into shape and painting them black. It is reminiscent of a scene of black soil spreading during the reclamation of Hokkaido. In addition, you must not miss the works of Hokkaido artists which give you a sense of Hokkaido's history, such as an artistic work made with mining equipment donated when Hokkaido's coal mines were closed.
Well, are there any works that have piqued your interest? All of the places we have introduced in the first and second parts will let you simultaneously enjoy art and Sapporo's city, nature and history, and experience the charm of Sapporo. Please enjoy go around the festival, referring to our "How to walk around the Sapporo International Art Festival", which introduces four different courses.