Exhibition of works inspired by traditional Japanese events to be held in Kagoshima

PUBLISHED Jun 15, 2021

The venue – Kagoshima Kenmin Koryu Center

Kagoshima’s non-profit organization JA-TSUMA will hold an exhibition “Nagoshi-no-harae” in the second-floor exhibition space of the Kagoshima Kenmin Koryu Center on June 19 and 20.

This will be the first exhibition of its kind. JA-TSUMA is a word coined from JA for Japan and TSUMA for Satsuma, and the NPO is working to “inherit, preserve, and pass on Kagoshima’s traditional crafts and Japanese culture.”

The exhibition will feature works by five artists belonging to the NPO, including Arimura Mayumi, a Japanese calendar advisor; Igawa Yumiko, a tatami-beri craft artist; Sakaguchi Kaoru, an Oshima Tsumugi artist; Tanabata Ryoko, a White Satsuma ware artist; and Chuma Kimiko, a Kimekomi doll artist.

There will be a Chinowa ring made out of rush grass at the entrance of the venue and a Tanabata bamboo tree inside. Visitors can write their wishes on strips of paper and hang them on the bamboo branches, which will be entrusted to Kagoshima Shrine at a later date. Nagoshi-no-harae, an ancient summer purification rite, is a traditional Japanese event in which people cleanse themselves of accumulated misdeeds and impurities from January and pray for good health for the remainder of the year. In analogy with this event, the exhibition expresses the wish for “purification of the first half of 2021 and a healthy life in the second half.”

Tanabata Ryoko, the representative director of the event, said: “We would like to make this a place where people can see and experience Kagoshima’s traditional crafts, Japanese culture, and traditional events, and realize the unique charm of Japan once again. We hope that visitors will walk through our Chinowa ring to purify themselves and enjoy seeing and feeling the artworks.”

The exhibition will be held from noon to 7:00 p.m. on the 19th, and from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the 20th. Free admission.

  • The logo for the Nagoshi-no-harae event