• Client
  • Organizers
  • TOMORROW, Japan Arts Council, Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan
  • Curator
  • Kayo Tokuda
  • Artists
  • Koh Kado, Yoshihisa Tanaka, Yoko Ando, Teresita Fernández, Shuji Nakagawa, Akio Niisato, Satoshi Sato, Tayuh, Samson Young
  • Cordinate
  • Shunya Hashizume, Natsuka Okamoto
  • Venue
  • Market (Takano Shrine), Taiza Studio
  • Under the Auspices of
  • Kyoto Prefecture, Kyoto by the Sea DMO, Kyotango City
  • Period
  • July 2022

Carrying thousands of years of history, the Sea of Japan and the fertile land along its coast are home to harbors that have welcomed people from the mainland, as well as a natural mix of fields for growing crops and rice and tombs and other ceremonial venues. Steeped in the past, this landscape watches us, here in the present. As a backdrop to this journey between birth and death that we call life, these plains have generated layer upon layer of history, a record of the intermingling of people and the natural world, where the ocean meets the sky.    

The central theme of ECHO is the voice of the heart, as heard resounding through the borderless plains upon which artwork is experienced, the very spirit Tomorrow Field seeks to embody. The idea behind this labor of love is to make Tango a place that resonates with local residents and people visiting from elsewhere in Japan and overseas by building a team of stewards to support our efforts and perpetually fostering the aesthetic development of the next generation, through immersion in fine art and gorgeous natural settings.    

Our goal is to make the most of our brief time on earth, supporting the creation of artistic efforts that inspire gravitas and gratitude by bringing different industries and different cultures together in one space. We want Taiza to become a laboratory of sorts, constantly brimming with activity. To this end, we will be hosting an outdoor installation centering on food (a dining experience that blends artistically minded architecture and environmental installations) from July 22nd until August 21st, as a space where food and art and the community can intermingle.    

Once the pandemic is behind us, TOMORROW FIELD hopes to establish an artist residency, as one way of putting our dreams into practice, in order to support the creation of works of art that inspire hope and well-being in the coming generations by providing creative individuals working in art, food and music, especially those visiting from overseas, with space to develop their ideas and interact with the community.    

For artists and those who appreciate art alike, standing in awe of creativity is an essential part of how we, as a global culture, can begin to move beyond the frozen state caused by the pandemic, in which survival poses the ultimate distraction. ECHO endeavors to create spaces that bring people together, through involvement with the arts in all its myriad forms.    

As we approach the summer of 2022 and the launch of ECHO, we find ourselves at a time in human history when we must find a way to live amid the stresses of late-stage capitalism and environmental degradation, fueled by such self-serving greed it makes one question whether this is all a dream. Nevertheless, we devote our precious time on this mysterious planet we call Earth to making the world a better place, to leaving it in suitable condition for the coming generations, to creating opportunities for people to connect through artistic activities, and to supporting each other in our efforts and expressing our appreciation through a variety of programming.