April 11, 2014 @ Telegraph
Japan’s oldest hot spring spa, Dogo Onsen, provided the inspiration for manga artist Hayao Miyazaki’s internationally lauded animated 2001 film Spirited Away. For the remainder of this year, a unique artistic endeavour is set to bring this isolated site back to prominence.
Located in the town of Matsuyama on the island of Shikoku, the spring is serviced by a historic spa building that this year celebrates its 120th anniversary. To mark the occasion, the Dogo Onsen Art 2014 festival sees a number of prominent Japanese artists launch installations throughout the town.
The most immersive works on show are those commissioned as part of the Hotel Horizontal project. A combined total of nine hotels and ryokan (traditional Japanese inns) surrounding Dogo Onsen have been redecorated by photographers, poets and painters, and can be booked for overnight stays by guests.