Sector: Society and Culture
Country location: Australia
Grantee: Mr Takamitsu Tanabe
The objective of the project is to complete Mitsuaki Tanabe's 82 metre long wild rice carving to appeal the importance of in-situ wild rice and also complete the spider carving, which Mitsuaki Tanabe made a rough sketch on the granite during his last visit, by two stone sculptors (Jun Yamazoe and Kazuhisa Aketa) and a curator of the Hiyoshinomori Garden Museum. Mitsuaki Tanabe, learned that wild rice is disappearing rapidly in Southeast Asia due to hybridisation with commercial varieties. Wild rice grown in Western Australia, Northern Territory and Queensland is, therefore, an important genetic resource for the world, but the importance of in-situ wild rice is not fully understood as only "seeds" are preserved in gene banks. Mitsuaki Tanabe visited the Mount Bundey area in Northern Territory ten times from 2004 to 2013 to produce the carvings of wild rice, animals and plants on boulders to appeal to the importance of in-situ wild rice, but passed away in March 2015 before finishing his last work. Information on Tanabe's work and his association with Australia will be displayed at the Hiyoshuinomori Garden Museum in Yokohama.
- Exhibition in the Hiyoshinomori garden museum, Yokohama Japan, 29 April 2017 to 29 October 2017
Social media: hiyoshinomori.com https://www.facebook.com/hiyoshinomori/
Australia-Japan Foundation grant offer: $10,000.00
Total project value: $38,600.00