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“To the furthest 
      edge of the world”

The spread of the COVID-19 pandemic throughout the world has had a great impact on the Oku-Noto Triennale. “Oku-Noto Triennale 2020” was originally scheduled to open in September 2020, however, the decision was made to postpone the event for one year. We are now making a fresh start under the new name “Oku-Noto Triennale 2020+”, and are proceeding with preparations in an aim to hold the triennale in September 2021.
In the “Ohkurazarae” project, local residents, supporters, experts in folklore and anthropology, and artists work together to collect the “local treasures” that lie stowed away in the storehouses of homes all over the city, along with the very memories and recollections of their users. Putting emphasize on the found objects, a theater-ish museum unlike ever seen before, where preservation and art coexist, will be opened in the “Former Seibu Elementary school” that stands on a hill overlooking the sea.
Artists invited from all over the world deeply engage with an original landscape that could be described as “forgotten Japan” that remains at the “furthest edge of the world,” and contribute to developing the charm of the place through their artworks. The significance of being at the “furthest edge of the world” and the potential it has is increasingly important as we struggle with environmental changes and the world continues to become increasingly homogenous. “Oku-Noto Triennale” is a project with intentions to revitalize the city. “Oku-Noto Triennale 2020+” will present the most contemporary art that resonates in harmony with local traditions in an aim to further evolve and explore the region’s potential with the world’s leading artists. Please look forward to Fall 2021, when the “foremost art festival at the furthest edge of the world” will finally be unveiled.

Fram Kitagawa
(Oku-Noto Triennial General Director) 

About Suzu-City

History of Suzu City

    • Year
    • Event
    • Population
    • 1954
    • Three towns and six villages in Suzu-gun merged to form Suzu City.
    • 38,157
    • 1964
    • Japan Railway Noto Line started to run through all of the Noto Peninsula.
    • 33,481
    • 1968
    • Noto Peninsula designated as a National Park.
    • 31,417
    • 1969
    • “The tools for making Agehama-method salt” designated as Important Tangible Folk Cultural Properties of Japan.
    • 30,883
    • 1975
    • Car ferry “Kamome” launched operations between Iida-Port in Suzu and Ogi Port on Sado Island.
    • 29,564
    • 1978
    • “Kamome” canceled operations.
      Suzu-yaki revival started.
    • 29,107
    • 1988
    • JR Noto Line discontinued.
      Operation on the third sector “Noto Railway”started.
    • 26,216
    • 2003
    • Noto Airport opened.
      Plan for the Suzu Nuclear Power Station frozen.
    • 20,206
    • 2005
    • Noto Railway Noto Line discontinued.
    • 19,376
    • 2007
    • Training program "Noto Satoyama Meister" started.
    • 18,530
    • 2009
    • “Oku-Noto's Aenokoto” registered as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage.
    • 17,698
    • 2011
    • “Noto's Satoyama and Satoumi ”designated as Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems.
      Crested Ibis’ that lived on Sado Island came to Suzu.
    • 16,980
    • 2014
    • “The movie "Saihate-nite" set in Suzu released
    • 15,948
    • 2015
    • “Noto's Kiriko Festivals” recognized as Japan Heritage Sites by Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs.
    • 15,533
    • 2017
    • Suzu 2017: Oku-Noto Triennale held.
    • 14,750
    • 2018
    • Suzu selected as an “SDGs Future City.”
    • 14,229