Designated as part of the Sanriku Reconstricution (Fukko) National Park as of May 2013, the Tanesashi Coast lies in Hachinohe, Aomori Prefecture, and possesses a scenic beauty which has attracted numerous artists.
In this exhibition, memories submerged along the shores of Tanesashi will float to the surface by exhibiting cultural assets of the Hachinohe area which include Jomon earthenware, Buddhist statues, and the famous works of artists with a connection to the area. These artists include Hatsusaburo Yoshida, a bird's eye view map artist who loved the Tanesashi Coast, and Japanese-style painter Kaii Higashiyama, who based his masterpiece Road on the Tanesashi Coast. Moreover, the exhibition will search for a form of contemporary art to pass on the culture of the area, which fell victim to the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake.
We sincerely hope that this exhibition illustrates the enduring allure of the Tanesashi Coast and the preciousness of living in coexistence with the sea.

July 6 ― September 1, 2013
Closed: July 29
Open hours: 9:00 - 18:00 (Admission untill 17:30)

pamphlet (PDF / 1.2MB)


General 1,000yen (800yen)
High school and university student 600yen (500yen)
Junior high/elementary school student and younger is free.

※( )=Advance / Group discount for groups of 20 people or more.
※ Personal attendants of individuals with disabilities are admitted free of charge. Limit of one attendant per individual.
※ Does not include admission to permanent collection

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Advance Ticket Sales

Advance Tickets may be purchased at all major ticket vending vendors in Aomori prefecture or through Lawson Ticket (#22145 at Lawson Convenience Stores) or Ticket-Pia (#765-676 at Circle K and Sunkus Convenience Stores).

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Shore of Civilization

The exhibition dives into the deepest strata of Tanesashi's history through its cultural properties--relics of the Jomon period excavated from the area and illustrated maps, Buddhist statues, and fishing tackle from the Edo period--to look back on the lives of humans where the land and sea meet.

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Tides of Modernity

Hatsusaburo Yoshida loved the scenes of the Tanesashi Coast while active as a bird's eye view map artist during the tourism boom in Japan from the end of the Taisho period through the Showa period. And there is Kaii Higashiyama, whose masterpiece was inspired by the Tanesashi Coast spanning a period before and after the Second World War. Their works trace the memories of modern tides lapping against the shores of the Tanesashi Coast.

Change of Exhibits in Kaii Higashiya Room

July 6-28: "Evening Shore," "Road" (Study), and "Silent Morning" from Higashiyama Kaii Memorial Hall Collection
July 30-September 1: "Road" from the collections of the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

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Port to Tomorrow

We contemplate the future of the shore through the works generated by two contemporary artists from Tanesashi after the 2011 disaster. Acclaimed British artist Richard Long brings his experience of walking along the Tanesashi coast in this spring back into the gallery in the form of memorial monuments. Photographer Keiko Sasaoka, who has never stopped shooting Tohoku landscapes, will reveal her newest work which focuses on the Tanesashi Coast.

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Richard Long

Born 1945 in Bristol, England, Richard Long is a landscape artist, who uses walking as a medium, and his art is realized in photograph and text works, sculptures and mud works. Long represented Great Britain at the Venice Biennale in 1976 and was the recipient of the Turner Prize, the most prestigious award in world of British modern art, in 1989. His large-scale retrospective exhibition "HEAVEN AND EARTH," held at the Tate Britain in London, garnered significant public attention in 2009. That same year, he was awarded the "World Culture Prize in Memory of His Imperial Highness Prince Takamatsu" in sculpture.

Keiko Sasaoka

Born 1978 in Hiroshima. She was awarded the encouragement prize at the Vision of Contemporary Art (VOCA) 2008 and received the Newcomer’s Award from the Photographic Society of Japan in 2010. Having received the New Figure Encouragement Prize 12th Photo City Sagamihara in 2012, Sasaoka is one of the most promising new photographers in Japan. Her publications include Park City (Inscript, 2009), Equivalent (Rat Hole Gallery, 2010), and Fishing (Kula, 2012). Her booklet Remembrance, which is primarily made up of photographs from the disaster-stricken areas, is updated and published frequently.

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  • 10 min. by car from JR Shin-Aomori Station
  • 20 min. by car from Aomori Station
  • 20 min. by car from Aomori Airport
  • 5 min. by car from the Aomori Interchange (I.C.) on the Tohoku Expressway
  • Approximately 20 min. by bus from Aomori Station bound for "MENKYO-CENTER".
    Get off at the bus stop called "Kenritsu-bijutsukan-mae".
  • Approximately 10 min. by route bus "Nebutan-go"(counter-clockwise route) from the South Exit of Shin-Aomori Station. Get off at the bus stop called "Kenritsu-bijutsukan-mae".

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Executive Committee for the TANESASHI Exhibition

Aomori Museum of Art
185 Chikano, Yasuta, Aomori,Aomori, 038-0021, Japan
tel: +81.17.783.3000 fax: +81.17.783.5244

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