World Heritage Status 10th Anniversary Exhibition
Shigezo Shimizu: The Sacred Sakura of Kumano ～ The Competing Blooms of the Echigo and Fukushima Sakura～
Date： Saturday 4th April to Sunday 11th May, 2014.
09:00 to 17:00 (last entry at 16:30) * Open every day during the exhibition period
Venue： Temporary Exhibition Room
Old Kumano Road Centre (519-3625 Mie Prefecture Owase City Mukai 12-4)
Since 2007, photographer Shigezo Shimizu has regularly visited Kumano to take photos of the changing seasons. During Shimizu’s visit in April 2011 his gaze was drawn to the beauty of the sakura trees blooming in the green mountain forests of hinoki cedar, and since then he has focused his photography on the sakura of the Kumano region.
In this special spring exhibition “The Sacred Sakura of Kumano ～ Competing Blooms of Echigo and Fukushima Sakura～”we will be displaying Shimizu’s Kumano sakura photos printed on traditional Japanese paper made in Ise.
This exhibition will view landscapes through the lens of the sakura, and features not only photos of sakura in Kumano, but also the sakura of Shimizu’s birthplace, Niigata Prefecture, and the sakura of Fukushima Prefecture, a region still recovering from the earthquake and tsunami of March 2011. With each sakura rooted in its own climate and geography, viewing them together through this exhibition offers a chance for visitors to rediscover the beauty of Kumano, Mie and Japan as a whole.