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March 11, 2024

Chill out near the sea at our spring “Beach Art Days” event – Hoshino Resorts BANTA CAFE

Experience the seaside nature and the trendiest art of Okinawa at one of Japan's largest marine cafes

Hoshino Resorts BANTA CAFE, an oceanic cafe with a stunning view, will host "Beach Art Days" from March 16th to May 12th, 2024, where guests can relax by the seaside in a spring filled with colorful art. During the event, guests can enjoy installation works in harmony with the ambiance of the BANTA CAFE. Those installations take advantage of the features of the facility that stretches from the cliff top to the beach. In addition, there will be unique experiences, such as live painting and workshops where guests can experience traditional Okinawan "Bingata" (traditional dyeing technique). Springtime in Okinawa, the gentle sunlight makes it perfect for spending time outdoors. Chill out in the cafe and enjoy the seaside in spring while experiencing the latest art in Okinawa.

The BANTA CAFE stretches from the top of the cliff to the beach along the cove, and it faces the rich and beautiful sea where coral is growing; it is located in a unique area that takes advantage of the natural landscape. The event will bring together artists representing the future of Okinawan culture to showcase the BANTA CAFE's scenery, space, and art installations. The event started in 2021 as the "Seaside Art Festival," intending to make people aware of the works of artists whose inspirations are nurtured by the Okinawan climate and inviting them to chill at the cafe on the beach in spring, when the sunlight is soft, and the weather is pleasant. For its fourth edition in 2024, the event's name will be changed to "Beach Art Days" to reflect better the artist's idea to "incorporate art into your lifestyle and make art feel familiar." We improved the exhibition by making use of the landscape, and you will be able to enjoy some time at the cafe while appreciating the seaside environment and surrounding art at any time of the day.

1. Art immersion at our permanent exhibition
"Tinkaji Terrace," where art flutters in the sea breeze
The "Seaside Terrace," in the pavilion on the walking path leading from the cliff top to the beach, will change during the event to "Tinkaji* Terrace," a space where art flutters in the sea breeze. Pieces of art printed on textiles will be used as a decorative canopy, as well as covers for the large cushions. Each of the five spaces inside the pavilion will reflect the works of a different artist. Guests can spend some relaxing cafe time in the space of their choice and immerse themselves in the artist world.
*"Tinkaji" is a name created by combining the Okinawan words "Tin (sky)" and "Kaji (wind)."

"Amakuma Gallery," where you can find art here and there
BANTA CAFE is one of the largest sea cafes in Japan. The Amakuma* Gallery displays artists' work in locations they pick themselves, making use of the features of the landscape. You can view valuable original works at the Olu Grill, a grilling restaurant on the hill. At the Gorogoro Lounge, works are displayed by a large window, and you can sit on a sofa and admire artworks in harmony with the cobalt blue sea, sky, and sunset. We also have displayed artworks on walking paths and rocky areas, and different art installations blending in the landscape all around the facility.
*"Amakuma" is an Okinawan word meaning everywhere.

2.Get closer to art, meet and talk to the artists at our special exhibition
Live Painting at the beach with the beautiful sea and sky of Okinawa in the background
This event brings together artists related to Okinawa, and it is an enriching experience not only to watch the artworks but also to meet artists. In the live painting event held on the beach in front of the BANTA CAFE, you can experience the intense artworks being painted one after another from up close, and hear directly from the artist about the meaning and thoughts enclosed in it.
Date : March 16th & 17th - Hayato Machida / March 23rd & 24th BOK
Time : 11AM - 1PM, 2PM - 5PM
Location : BANTA CAFE front beach (The finished works will be displayed on the site during the event.)
Workshop to capture the charm of the artwork
Creating your own work will make you feel closer to art. In the workshop held by Yukinaga Chibana, guests will experience the traditional Okinawan craft "Bingata," a dyeing technique using unique stencils, brushes, and dye colors. In Yuhki Sai's painting workshop, one can feel the inspiration that leads to their artwork from the fieldwork on the beachside. This is a unique workshop that draws you into the artist's world.
Content: Bingata experience with Yukinaga Chibana, Yuhki Sai's small painting, etc.
Price, location, and time will vary depending on the program.

3. Art Island Shake, an event-limited menu featuring a gelato-shake
The cafe will serve the Art Island Shake, a drink inspired by colorful art. Made with bananas and Okinawan tofu base gelato, this gelato shake is served in a cup decorated with touches of paint as if it is a canvas. A great collaboration of flavors between the umami of the soybeans and the sweetness of the bananas, perfect for spring when the weather is gently sunny. 
Price: Art Island Shake 1,200 JPY (incl. tax)"Beach Art Days" Participants: Hayato Machida, nami, BOK, Masayuki Yogi, Miwa Sakai, Waka Honma, sanaenvy, Yuhki Sai, Yukinaga Chibana
Period: March 16th to May 12th, 2024
Time: 10:00AM - 6:00PM on weekends and national holidays / Cafe will exceptionally be open from 8:00AM from April 30th to May 2nd
*Program may be subject to change.
Notes: In case of bad weather, part of the activities may be canceled.

About Hoshino Resorts
Hoshino Resorts was first established as a Japanese inn/ryokan in 1914 in Karuizawa in Nagano Prefecture before it began the operation of other resorts in Japan. Today, it has evolved into a highly influential hotel management company and is run by 4th-generation family member Yoshiharu Hoshino. Providing a unique experience focused on the local charms of each destination and a high level of omotenashi, Japanese-style hospitality, the company has expanded rapidly out of Karuizawa since 2001 and now operates more than 60 accommodations both in and outside Japan with one of the following categories: luxury hotel brand “HOSHINOYA,” hot spring ryokan brand “KAI,” countryside resort hotel brand “RISONARE,” city tourism hotel brand “OMO,” free-spirited hotel brand “BEB,” or other unique lodgings.

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