"First time", "challenge" and "joy" were born!
2022 Wara Art.
In 2022, for the first time in 3 years, students from Musashino Art University came to the prefecture and created artworks at the Kamikawaigata Park, which became the venue for the Wara Art Festival. The theme was "things that bring joy", and three auspicious items that bring good luck and make everyone smile - "Maneki-neko", "Pine tree", and "Kirin" - were exhibited in the autumn park. In 2022, Wara Art took on new challenges and received happy news, making it a year that can be expected to further evolve in the future.
14th year of joy!
At the award ceremony1
The straw art festival held in 2021 was awarded a prize for
excellence at the 27th Hometown Event Grand Prize sponsored by
the Local Revitalization Center (Foundation).
The Hometown Event Grand Prize is an annual ceremony held to commend local communities all over Japan for events that breathe new life into the community.
At the award ceremony2
At the award ceremony3
At the award ceremony, representatives from Musashino Art University, who planned the design and theme of Wara Art, and Seijiro Uchiyama, who was involved in Wara Art production in Nishikamo District, received awards on behalf of the district.
Illuminated Straw Art
The giraffe twinkles in the light from lanterns arranged to resemble the frame used to indicate where to plant new seedlings in the rice paddies.
One of the 2022 works, "Kirin", was lit up in the evening with lights. It was a first attempt in Nishikamo District, but the Wara Art shone under the starry sky, creating a fantastic and sparkling display of light that could be enjoyed.
The tai-guruma or sea-bream cart, a traditional toy much loved by local people, is made out of straw.
The tai-guruma, a traditional local toy handed down in Maki, Nishikan, was transformed into a straw artwork.
Straw art production scene of tai-guruma1
Straw art production scene of tai-guruma2
We discussed designs to be made in straw for the occasion with people in local shopping streets and at the tourist information center. The local signboard maker produced the frame and covered it with straw. He finished it together with the people who had gathered for its unveiling.
Straw art production scene of tai-guruma3
Straw art production scene of tai-guruma4
Straw art production scene of tai-guruma5
Straw art production scene of tai-guruma6
The tai-guruma, straw art, at about 1.30m high, is slightly smaller than the usual straw artworks. Since it is portable, it will be exhibited at events held in various locations and appreciated by many people.
Tai-guruma and straw art