Exhibition | 3.19.2023


March 17 - May 7, 2023

ACAO FOREST, located in Atami City, Shizuoka Prefecture, will hold “ACAO ART FOREST,” a hands-on program to enjoy the coexistence of nature and art, from March 17, 2023 (Friday) to May 7, 2023 (Sunday), and will participate as an artist exhibiting artworks.
The artist projects a video work onto the mountain itself, creating a “Yamanoko /mountain child”.
Please come and experience the grandeur of the work as if the mountains are speaking to you.


In order to bring “Yamanoko” to life at ACAO ART FOREST, the artist collaborated with LLLLL:FOLL (music) and Kazuya Araki (computer graphics) to bring the mountain to life.


Period: March 17, 2023 (Fri) – May 7, 2023 (Sun)
Hours: 9:00 – 20:00 (last admission at 19:00)
Location: ACAO FOREST (1027-8 Kamitaga, Atami, Shizuoka)
Official Web-URL: https://acao.jp/news/1748

Details of the opening of the work: “Yamanoko” can be seen every evening from 6:00 to 8:00 pm for two hours.
After sunset, the deeper the darkness, the more clearly you will be able to enjoy “Yamanoko”.
In the first week of April, visitors can enjoy the collaboration of cherry blossoms and artworks.
The work allows visitors to drift into the sound of the mountains, their stories, and their transformations. Please come and experience it for yourself!



Yamanoko / Mountain Child

As the phrase “eight million gods” suggests, since ancient times the people of the Japanese archipelago have recognized spirituality in all things beyond nature and culture, from the mountains, land, and sea, to the various plants and animals that live there, and even man-made objects. This belief has taken root in our consciousness even today in the midst of the mixture of various religions, including Buddhism.

In this volcanic archipelago, mountains are particularly special. Mountains do not speak like we humans do, but they have been watching us since long before we were born. We are surrounded by the mountain’s gaze, and we have lived our lives feeling its gaze.

We are all children of the mountain.

Media Exposure Information

ACAO FOREST, where we are currently exhibiting our work, will be covered by “Mezamashi Saturday” and will be broadcast on April 1, 2023 between 6:00 and 8:30 am.
Information on ACAO FOREST will be aired around 7:20. Please watch it if you have time.


ACAO FOREST is operated by ACAO SPA & RESORT K.K. (CEO: Yoshihisa Nakano, Atami City, Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan), a community-based resort operator that promotes the value and sustainability of Atami by maximizing the rich natural environment, culture and history of the region. On December 16, 2022, a future map was unveiled with the aim of creating an “ACAO ATAMI CLUB” where 300 artists will live and 11,000 patrons of art and culture will gather. ACAO ART FOREST” is an outdoor experiential art program, including at night, that opens up new possibilities in the hills near the sea, and will be further developed this fall with the art project “PROJECT ATAMI”. This fall, a further developed art event will be held together with the art project “PROJECT ATAMI.” This event is positioned as part of the challenge to realize the Future MAP, and will be developed on an ongoing basis.


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