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OUTSIDE TOKYO

‘Hakone Meets Art: Tamatebako in the Forest’

Hakone Open Air Museum

by Sang Woo Kim

Staff Writer

Odd things can happen in the forest, and at the Hakone Open Air Museum that includes the artistically strange. For this exhibition, artist Koji Kakuno dares to dangle himself from a tree in a wooden cocoonlike contraption for days at a time.

In search of a balance between nature and the digital world, Kakuno’s performance work involves his transformation into a human “bagworm,” an experience he will share with the world via Twitter (@bagworman) from May 2-6 and Aug. 9-13.

Other selected works for this show, which is also a pre-event to the “Meets Art” exhibition coming up in Kobe later this year, include Kotobuki Shiriagari’s installation of revolving daruma (dharma dolls) set on a number of pedestals; March 22-Aug. 31.

Hakone Open Air Museum; 1121 Ninotaira, Hakone-Machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa. Odawara Stn. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. ¥1,600. 0460-82-1161; www.hakone-oam.or.jp