Etsuko Ichihara is an artist known for her works that use technology to bring dynamism to invisible and unformed people's "thoughts" and "ideas." She re-edits the charms of Dōgo under the keywords of bringing romance (or En-musubi), connection, invisible forces, festivals, and celebrations. She creates a mechanism that invites travelers to Dōgo , thus connecting the Dōgo Onsen district using technology and deepening the interaction between people.
The [Portal of Fortune] is set up at the tourist information center, which is the first stop for travelers. It shows the way to the spots for divine virtues (or Shin-en) and good fortune. The portal is decorated with digitally crafted Ema, wooden plaques that people write their prayers or wishes on, as well as lanterns (or Chochin), creating a near-futuristic atmosphere. At the portal, "Shin-en Ticket," which is uniquely edited by the artists, will be printed as a guide to Shin-en spots as a kind of revelation.
By mapping [your Shin-en spot] at "Himitsu ja Nai Base”, you can register as a member of the Shin-en Portal and receive information on deep spots in Dōgo, uniquely created by each artist. [Your Shin-en spot] will be used as a source for Shin-en tickets, which will circulate around the Dōgo area like hot spring water.
Creative cooperation: BKY+SENTO-DASHI committee(Haruka Kuryu, Masaya Sammonji, Kohei Uchiumi, Yuki Murata)
Wood processing technology provided by: EMARF / VUILD, inc. Supervisor of Shin-en spot: Lucy Green