Wind Caravan in Sanda

June 12 - 25, 2000
Rice-paddies of Iwakura, Aimoto, Sanda-shi, Hyogo

(c) Junichi Ota 2000
(c) Junichi Ota 2000


June 12th (Mon.) - June 25th (Sun.), 2000
10:00 - 20:30

Japan's traditional stepped rice field has been disappearing from our sight due to farm fields needing to be flattened to accommodate industrial farming techniques.Yet, the rice paddy is a vital, vibrant part of the cultural heritage of Japan both for its commerce, tradition and in its representation of traditional Japanese life.
Shingu has a studio there where a number of his works were created.
It is surrounded by a beautiful stepped rice field which stretches to the nearby mountains. This is the Wind Caravan's first stop.The exhibition took place right after rice planting season.
His sculptures reflect along with the fresh green rice plants upon the rice paddy's water. "I wish people would remember the old sensitivity to nature once existed in Japan such as feeling summer by the ring of FURIN (wind chime) " he says. Wind Caravan started from his work's birthplace.
After Finishing the Wind Caravan Sanda
July 25, 2000
Susumu Shingu
(c) Junichi Ota 2000

Opening Ceremony

Wind Caravan Sanda Opening Ceremony
June 11th (Sun.)
14:00 - 19:15

14:00- Rice-planting by local children
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(c) Junichi Ota 2000
(c) Junichi Ota 2000

Opening Declaration by Yoshihiro Okada, Mayor of Sanda
Greeting from the chairman of the executive committee, Susumu Shingu


Symposium "What We Can Do for the Earth Now"
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" Den'en Sambasou" Kyogen performance
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(c) Junichi Ota 2000
(c) Junichi Ota 2000

Organized by : Wind Caravan Executive Committee, Wind Caravan Sanda Committee
Endorsed by : Hyogo Prefecture, Sanda-shi, New Zealand Embassy, Embassy of Finland, The Finnish Institute in Japan, Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco, Embassy of Mongolia, Embassy of the Federative Republic of Brazil
Supported by : Hermès, KDD Corporation, The Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc., Suntory Limited, The Bank of Ikeda, Shingu Atelier
Cooperated by : Nippon Express Co., Ltd., Toray Industries, Inc., Sumitomo Special Metals Co., Ltd., Ashikaga Institute of Technology