by Tsuyoshi Ageta
Translation by Yuki
Since the first exhibition was held in 1990, the Kochi International Hanga Triennale has been in session every 3 years and if everything goes smoothly, the 8th exhibit will be in March 2011. However, there have been doubts because of the lack of funds. Many inquiries were made about the exhibition, and although the date will be later than scheduled, the 8th exhibition will officially be held in October 2011.
This international exhibition solicits hanga work from professionals, which has gained recognition throughout the years. Now, it is known as one of the most distinguished international exhibitions in the world.
The first prize winner receives 1 million yen, the second prize winner receives 500,000 yen. For winners of work made especially from Tosa washi, the Tosa Washi Prize is given, as well as other awards.
In an island nation such as Japan, and in an even smaller island as Kochi prefecture, how is it that an international exhibition can take place? The answer is because Kochi prefecture has long been the center of washi production, and this event strives for the internationalization of Tosa washi.
Many are encouraged to display their work in this exhibition. On top of that, the number of past participants in this event is as follows:
Year 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th
Japanese 492 451 390 392 473 614 533
International 664 1001 954 1035 900 901 849
Total # of 1156 1452 1344 1427 1373 1515 1382
**For an Exhibition Entry Form in English and information on our Tosa Washi papers, please contact us.