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by Raina, staff writer of japan-guide.com

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2015/08/04 - Echigo Tsumari Art Triennale 2015

For lots of lost windows

Today I headed to Niigata Prefecture to check out the Echigo Tsumari Art Triennale which started on July 26, 2015 and will run through to September 13, 2015. This art event is held once three years, and I was excited to be able to go this year. Most of the art installations are outdoors and those indoors can be viewed between 10:00 and 17:30.

This year, there are about 180 new art installations in addition to the 200 existing ones, and spread over 760 square kilometers in the Echigo-Tsumari region. As the works are spread across a wide area, it is best to get a guide book or a map and plan your route before setting off. The best way to access many of the artworks is by rental car, but even with a car, it is impossible to cover everything in a day. Bus tours and sightseeing shuttle buses are other options to access some of the art work. The passport for the festival covers entry to all the artworks and costs 3500 yen. It is valid for the entire duration of the art triennale, which is great because I'm definitely going back again to check out the rest of the art works that I didn't have a chance to see this trip.

I started my day at Kinare near Tokamachi Station as it opened at 9:00 and I wanted to max my day and see as many things as possibile. Being one of the information centers of the art triennale, it was well staffed with knowledgeable and helpful crew, providing more information about artworks, performance details and even sorting out route details.

There are signboards pointing towards the artworks and parking facilities around the region but those can be easily missed (which I did a couple of times and had to backtrack). Word of advice, in addition to planning your route before going, it would also prudent to check the weather forecast as many of the artworks are outdoors. Below are some of the pieces and some of the amazingly green countryside scenery I saw along the way.

Tunnel. By the same artist behind the swimming pool at the 21st Century Museum in Kanazawa
Rolling cylinder
Hanging installations along the corridor at Kinare
Rolling fields behind the Soil Museum
A collection of photographs inside a mud hut at the Soil Museum
Stark installations
Soil monoliths, ten thousand years of soil
The school that is now the soil museum
Dirt covered ground
A small shrine along the way
Little house on the (Japanese) prairie
Inside Outland, an estate built by hand over many years featuring a camp ground and accomodation
The womb room, a slightly claustrophobic room in Outland that simulates being in a womb
Smoking place for one person at a time
Lots of greenery surrounding lots of the artworks
Ubusuna house, where cool water is served and chilled cucumbers are offered for free
You could take part in the installation of using marbles to recreate the Kiyotsu River (limited to one marble per person)
Something about fields and power lines that I like
The reflecting house and reflecting garden
Tiny lights that looked like stars
You could write postcards and put them here
Rivers and grass, looking very idyllic
Take a deep breath and walk through this bamboo tunnel
One of my personal favourites, Potemkin - a site created with industrial materials
Landslide monument that can only be entered on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays
Another school repurposed for art
Shell of time
Read more about the Echigo Tsumari Art Triennale.

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2017/05/02 - Fuji Shibazakura Festival
2017/04/14 - Sneak Peek from Ginza Six
2017/03/21 - A bit of everything in Fukui
2017/03/13 - Nikko Toshogu Uncovered
2017/02/15 - Subculture in Ikebukuro
2017/02/07 - Travel to the Goto Islands
2017/02/06 - Nagasaki Lantern Festival

2016/12/31 - Travel Highlights 2016
2016/12/19 - Winter Illuminations in Tokyo
2016/10/24 - The way of old on the Kunisaki Peninsula
2016/10/11 - Following the Tadami Line in Oku Aizu
2016/08/27 - Fool's Dance at Koenji Awa Odori
2016/08/16 - The three sacred mountains of Dewa Sanzan
2016/06/20 - Train travel into the Ise-Shima region
2016/04/03 - Setouchi Triennale 2016
2016/03/08 - The hunt for Namahage on the Oga Peninsula
2016/03/02 - Sake Sangria
2016/02/20 - Tokyo Plum Blossom Report
2016/01/26 - Tour de Reinan: Obama, Oi and Takahama
2016/01/25 - Tour de Reinan: Tsuruga, Mihama and Wakasa

2015/12/31 - Travel Highlights 2015
2015/12/10 - 48 hours in Tokushima
2015/11/20 - Autumn Color Report: Kyoto
2015/11/19 - Autumn Color Report: Kankakei
2015/11/18 - Autumn Color Report: Korankei
2015/11/17 - Autumn Color Report: Kyoto
2015/11/13 - Autumn Color Report: Kyoto
2015/11/10 - Autumn Color Report: Kyoto
2015/11/09 - Autumn Color Report: Koyasan
2015/11/08 - Autumn Color Report: Miyajima
2015/11/07 - Autumn Color Report: Dazaifu
2015/10/28 - The 44th Tokyo Motor Show
2015/10/21 - Hirado, where East meets West
2015/10/20 - Kujukushima Islands and Winter Illumination at Huis Ten Bosch
2015/10/19 - Navigating the Christian sites in Nagasaki
2015/10/18 - Cosplay at Haco Stadium Tokyo
2015/10/15 - Autumn Color Report: Nikko
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2015/09/16 - Nakanojo Biennale 2015
2015/08/19 - Traditional culture and hot springs of the Aizu Region
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2015/04/30 - Sapporo Cherry Blossom Report
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2015/04/23 - Kakunodate Cherry Blossom Report
2015/04/22 - Hirosaki Cherry Blossom Report
2015/04/21 - Kitakami Cherry Blossom Report
2015/04/16 - Sendai Cherry Blossom Report
2015/04/09 - Tokyo Cherry Blossom Report
2015/04/08 - Fukushima Cherry Blossom Report
2015/04/06 - Tokyo Cherry Blossom Report
2015/04/03 - Kyoto Cherry Blossom Report
2015/04/02 - Nara Cherry Blossom Report
2015/04/01 - Osaka Cherry Blossom Report
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2015/03/27 - Fukuoka Cherry Blossom Report
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2014/12/03 - Autumn Color Report: Kyoto
2014/11/21 - Autumn Color Report: Osaka
2014/11/20 - Autumn Color Report: Kyoto
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2014/11/18 - Autumn Color Report: Miyajima
2014/11/17 - Autumn Color Report: Kyoto
2014/11/13 - Autumn Color Report: Fuji
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2014/10/31 - Autumn Color Report: Karuizawa
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2014/10/20 - Autumn Color Report: Towada
2014/10/01 - Autumn Color Report: Oze National Park
2014/09/29 - Autumn Color Report: Alpine Route
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2014/04/24 - Kitakami Cherry Blossom Report
2014/04/23 - Morioka Cherry Blossom Report
2014/04/22 - Aizu-Wakamatsu Cherry Blossom Report
2014/04/16 - Matsumoto Cherry Blossom Report
2014/04/15 - Kyoto Cherry Blossom Report
2014/04/14 - Yoshino Cherry Blossom Report
2014/04/13 - Osaka Cherry Blossom Report
2014/04/12 - Kanazawa Cherry Blossom Report
2014/04/10 - Tokyo Cherry Blossom Report
2014/04/06 - Kyoto Cherry Blossom Report
2014/04/05 - Hiroshima Cherry Blossom Report
2014/04/04 - Osaka Cherry Blossom Report
2014/04/03 - Kyoto Cherry Blossom Report
2014/04/02 - Nagoya Cherry Blossom Report
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