[Time, Water, Rice cultivation]

The Asahi AIR is the Artist in residence program which I coordinate in Shinano-Omachi, Nagano, Japan. There had been open call for Artist till 1st of August 2016 and Thanks to this futuristic world, 103 artist from 41 countries applied to our residence program. I respect the diversity of human beings and the relations between various people from different background. it is maybe the good point of globalism, so appreciate that, and I would like to go on to the next stage, where we live and what is our value?

I choose [Time, Water, Rice cultivation] as the theme of Asahi AIR2016. this is something we are confronting all the time. How we feel the time and phenomena. I am looking forward to host the artist in Asahi Air and think together about where we live in our time, at the moment.


Open call for Asahi Artist in residency

[Time, Water, Rice cultivation]

Can you follow the pure curiosity towards this world at the front of you?


Time is the transition of phenomenons. Everybody have their own sense of time and it is affected by their own culture, place and era. Just a 150 years ago, 85 percent of Japanese were farmers. People that time were feeling their own sense of time through “a day” with sunrise and sunset, “a year” with four seasons of agricultural works.
However, we are living in the present day with the pressure of advanced efficiency. How are we going to transit our “time”?


Asahi AIR is located at Omachi city, Nagano, where has been sustained by rich headwaters of Japan Alps. We have great ancient writing called “HO-JYOUKI” It said “The following river never stops and yet the water never stays the same.” The sentence brought up the concept of water for Japanese people. Water represent the impermanence of things. What can we learn from it?

[Rice cultivation]

Rice is a grain that represents Japan. One rice grain grows up to 800 grains. That’s why Japanese ancient people formed their lifestyle and culture with rice farming. Even now, rice field shows us the symbolic and nostalgic scenery of Japan in all season.

Omachi city is located at the foot of Japan alps at the altitude of about 700m. September, when the residency starts, is a harvest season for rice. Let’s eat a rice ball made from the first crops of the year. I am looking forward the application of Artist who experience our town by the theme of [Time, Water, Rice cultivation] and update the presence of the world.

Sosei Sato
Asahi AIR coordinator