The deep green of the mountains nurtured by blessed rain.

Emperor Jimmu walked and paved the way,
Kukai opened Mount Koya, which became a place of pilgrimage.

The woods and seafood nurtured by the rich nature were brought to various parts of Japan from the port of Kinan.

In this land named, Kumano and Muro,
the gods were said to be holed up, and people were said to travel back and forth between this world and the next.

Since ancient times, Kinan has been a place where people and things come and go, and ideas and information cross paths under the divine chambers.

The hearts and subconscious minds of the people there have something in common, even though they come from different cultures and backgrounds.

At Kinan Art Week, through art, the events, people, and thoughts that intersect in this place will become an irreplaceable experience that can only be had here.

Inside and outside, past and present, people and nature, Kinan/Muro and the world.
Although it is here, it is also connected to some other place.
What will the new encounters that will occur in the Chamber of the Gods bring to us?


“Muro(牟婁)” which is the same meaning of the Kinan area of Wakayama Prefecture, takes its name from the words “Komoru” (Secluding to hide away and return to one’s origins, thereby experiencing a rebirth), and originates from “Chamber of the Gods”, and has a history of excelling at exploring the inner world, secluding oneself in the midst of rich mountain and forest resources. The religious beliefs of Koyasan (Mount Koya) and the Kumano Kodo are a source of tolerance and diversity in Japan regardless of status, religion, or gender, and have given rise to such visionary figures as Kumagusu Minakata and Rosetsu Nagasawa.

On the other hand, “Kinan(紀南)”, the southernmost peninsula of the main land of Japan, was once characterized by its “openness’”and fostered a culture of immigration together with the Kuroshio Current. Its long coastline and high-quality timber have resulted in the development of advanced shipbuilding technology which originated from ancient times, and it has played a major role in history as a base for goods transport and the naval forces. The first ships used in Sakai, Osaka were ships from Tonda port and used to serve as the starting point of the “Port” and cultural and economic center. However, in modern times, the origins of Muro and its prosperous “Port” have been forgotten, and through this activity, I hope to restore its historical and cultural assets to the present day.