Burning Japan is a four day long celebration of art, community, self-expression and self-reliance, inspired by Burning Man in the state of Nevada. People gather with food, music, art and everything they need to survive, and share what they can, whether they be practical, or intangible gifts. You will find yourself becoming friends with strangers, laughing so hard that you forget that you’ve just met and so engaged in the experience that time stops.
Can you imagine such a city? A city guided not by rules but principles respected by the community members, emphasizing respect for one another. One of these principles is not to use money, which allows an environment of cooperation and support in which participants truly *want* to help each other and share with each other. An open mind is essential to the experience and dreamers of all kinds are encouraged. It is a place you can explore beyond the conventional knowing your expression will be appreciated and reciprocated.
Burning Man is a week long celebration of art that has been happening every year in Nevada for nearly 30 years. People from over the world come together and enjoy surviving in the desert. It is a festival that requires active participation under the “No Spectator” philosophy. Rules of the default world are not as relevant in this city. Without the typical societal expectations as to what type of self-expression is acceptable, surrounded by others who create, abandoning fear of failure, it is hard not to be inspired. The transient nature of the festival and art created there allows a new type of freedom. Burning Japan started 3 years ago as a community that asks all the participants to radically express themselves while camping together with a few distinctive rules. It is meant to challenge what you are used to, and push you to try new things, wear new masks and make new connections.
You are a time traveler. Imagine our world in 100 years. Capitalism, as well as the idea of money, are a thing of the past. Monetary exchange abandoned, there are no nations or boundaries. Only small vibrant villages rich with community and cooperation.. Humanity’sperception of value diversifies, individuals looking within themselves more than ever, as lifeless mundane tasks are relegated to machines. Self expression is essential. No one need feel shy or hesitant to stand out. Some people choose to innovate creating unimaginably sophisticated technologies, lighting the dark sky. Other people go back to nature, or celebrate the wisdom from the past. Either way, everyone has the freedom to follow their heart and fully enjoy a lifetime of their own design. You are a time traveler. Transport yourself 100 years into the future. The future is full of diversity.
The art theme for Burning Japan this year is “2115”. When you arrive, you start time traveling to the world 100 years in the future. In this future world, there is no such thing as money. We respect each other, and give to one another as we are able. Be it material or not, gifting makes this society work. Here, people pursue their dreams without pressure to conform to society’s conception of success . It does not matter if it is high-tech or lowtech, any wayto radically expressyourself will do. You might try something you’ve never felt free to try, discover a new skill, see something you have never seen and meet new travelers through day and night. However fun it may be, all journeys come to an end. As you dance joyfully, a huge fire occurs and you wake up in the time you used to belong to. Nevertheless, whatever you felt in the future stays with you in your mind, and you realize its power and potential in this present time.