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51 days, Sun 29 July to Sun 17 Sep 2018


Echigo-Tsumari Region
(Tokamachi city/Tsunan town, Niigata Prefecture, 760)


Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale Executive Committee


NPO Echigo-Tsumari Satoyama Collaborative Organization

Honorary Chairman

Ryuichi Yoneyama (Governor of Niigata Prefecture)


Yoshifumi Sekiguchi (Mayor of Tokamachi city)

Vice Chairman

Kenji Kamimura (Mayor of Tsunan town)

General Producer

Soichiro Fukutake (Director, Fukutake Foundation)

General Director

Fram Kitagawa (Art Director)

Creative Director

Taku Satoh (Graphic Designer)

Official Supporter Leader

Representative Director, CEO, Oisix.daichi Inc)


homogenous space

In an era in which a regional sense of value has been swamped by globalisation and in which all becomes homogenised and optimised, we will stage an exhibition and musical performances to examine the role of examine the role of architecture and the power of art. On the 7th festival, we begin our journey with the Hojo, in which Kamo-no-Chomei attempts to see the world from a four-and-half-mat hut; the Gogoan, in which Ryokan creates a diverse range of works; and Ihatov, the imagined utopia of Kenji Miyazawa.

Art that is born in the
place where humans

Fifty selected site-specific artworks for the anthropocene are presented in Echigo-Tsumari, where humans have co-existed with nature and developed a way of life described as ‘satoyama.’.

Migration expedited
by art

As the festival develops stronger ties with other art festivals, a network being built through art is expanding beyond national, as other countries and institutions abroad set up satellite bases in Echigo-Tsumari.

Special exhibitions
returning to the
origins of humans

Echigo-Tsumari is a place where nature and humans have co-existed for 5000 years. This exhibition will feature primitive artworks such as the Lascaux and Altamira cave paintings and present the way of life of the people who created them..



Tokamachi Area’s Base Echigo-Tsumari Satoyama
Museum of Contemporary

Art museum for exchange people, products and information. In conjunction

Designed by architect, Hiroshi Hara, the building was opened in 2003 as a place for exchange people, products and information. In conjunction with the ETAT2012, it was re-opened as Echigo-Tsumari Satoyama Museum of Contemporary Art, KINARE. The museum serves as a gateway to the Echigo-Tsumari region with artworks inspired and representing topography, history, villages, fields, closed schools and abandoned houses, and food.

Nearby Facilities

photo by Takenori Miyamoto + Hiromi Seno
closed for the winter

Hachi & Seizo Tashima Museum of Picture Book Art
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Matsudai Area’s Base NOHBUTAI Snow-Land Agrarian Culture Center, Matsudai

A significant piece of contemporary architecture

Matsudai Nohbutai is a few minutes walk from Matsudai station on the Hokuhoku Line. This building serves as an innovative platform for connecting art and agriculture, comprising a visitor information center, gallery, restaurant and museum shop, and is a significant piece of contemporary architecture in its own right.

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Matsunoyama Area’s Base Sansho House

Llocal knowledge eagerly await for your visit

Sansho House is a unique accommodation built from 50 year old renovated wooden school building. Guests can sleep in hand-crafted wooden beds arrange in the former classrooms. Staff members with thorough local knowledge eagerly await for your visit.

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Kawanishi Area’s Base House of Light

Guest house for meditation without a parallel to anywhere in the world

This experimental work, where you can experience the artist's art world, is architecture without a parallel to anywhere in the world. House of Light was conceived as a guesthouse for meditation, which Turrell took the concept from Junichiro Tanizaki's essay In Praise of Shadows. The idea came across the artist's mind to incorporate his media, lights,

Nakasato Area’s Base Kiyotsu Warehouse Museum

Collection of Yukihisa Isobe's artworks, enormous artworks as local central space

The gymnasium of a former Kiyotsukyo primary school has been tranformed into a space of gallery and warehouse of artworks. The opening exhibition "four artists: materials and hands" is launched in conjenction with the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale 2015. The rest of the school building serves as an information centre as well as a platform for "Kiyotsuya" - a food project operated by a joint team between Tokyo Denki University and Kyoritsu Women's university during ETAT2015.

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Tsunan Area’s Base Kamigo Clove Theatre

It provides resident and restaurant, base for performing arts

Kamigo Junior High School closed in 2012 re-opens as a base for performing arts. This is a resident, space for practice and stage to present performances. Artists stays and lead satoyama life-style and learn through collaboration with local people and complete their performances. A unique restaurant runs and "is performed" by local women engaging with customers serves local delicacies.


Tour / Ticket

Let’s Join Two Official Tour

A guided bus tour which runs everyday during the festival and takes you to visit artworks recommended by the festival’s executive committee. Enjoy a special lunch created by Fumio Yonezawa. Highly recommended.Booking will be available from end Jan 2018 (tbc).

Limited Official Tour by Fram Kitagawa


Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale 2018 Passport

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Full price

  • Adults … JPY3500
  • Students … JPY3000

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  • Students … JPY2500
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