Want to escape the hustle and bustle of Tokyo? Do you like rural Japan, art, onsen and the great outdoors? If you answered no to those questions, you might want to have your head examined. Then, after that, head out to Gunma prefecture for the Nakanojo Biennale, an art extravaganza in which over 100 artists convert the town of Nakanojo – famous for their wonderful hot baths – into an indoor and outdoor museum.
The artists choose their location and nowhere is off limits; forests, schools, shops, anywhere.
The festival began in 2007 and is currently in its 3rd incarnation. You only have until October 2 before it closes (see bottom of post for details).It’s about a 2.5hr drive/ 3hr train ride from Tokyo.
But for those who can’t make it, check back next week as we’ll be profiling some of our favorite site-specific art projects from the biennale.