Echigo-Tsumari Art Field

“Splish-Splash Fair”: A summer exhibition at Echigo-Tsumari Satoyama Museum of Contemporary Art, KINARE 

Experience splish-splash of art and water at the 30cm-deep gigantic puddle.

posted June 12, 2017
Echigo-Tsumari Satoyama Museum of Contemporary Art, KINARE (designed by Hiroshi Hara + Atelier Φ in 2003) is a square shaped museum surronding a 40m x 40m pond in the middle. This special exhibition for summer, "Splish-Splash Fair" features artworks inviting audience to experience and play in the water as they enjoy artworks. Don't miss out this "most appropriate" exhibition for the summer!
Participating artists: Yoshiaki Kaihatsu, Takahito Kimura, Kotaro Watanabe・Tatsuya Narita (Takram), asoview!, Risa Sato, SUPPOSE DESIGN OFFICE, Makikoms


"Water Corridor" by Yoshiaki Kaihatsu

It is raining in the corridor under the ceiling and these rain drops make sound as they hit various objects.

"Summer Weathercock" by Takahito Kimura

An artwork featuring birds behaviours and a weathercock by the artist who creates artworks to play with the earth. Approximately 200 "migratory birds" will perch around the pond.

"Furumai" by Kotaro Watanabe・Tatsuya Narita (Takram)

A drop of water shows unexpected move on a water-repellent plate.

"SUP" by asoview!

Experience SUP (Stand-Up-Puddle boat) on which you stand and puddle in water.

"mirrors" by Risa Sato

The artist aims to bridge between the audience and sculptures in smooth shape reminding them of human. The artwork for this exhibition is titled "Kohachi".


An artwork by an architect practice lead by Makoto Tanijiri and Ai Yoshida . Disks made of stainless steel float like stepping stones which sink a few centimetres as people step onto them.

Related events and workshops

"Noise Live of Water" by Yoshiaki Kaihatsu

14:00-14:30 on Saturday 22 July 2017
Click ≫here for details.

Mole TV

Meet the Mole in the hole. Talk programme with guests will be on air from Wednesday 9 to Friday 11 August 2017.
Click ≫here for details.

Makikomus workshop

10:30-16:00 on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 August 2017
Click ≫here for details.

Participating artists

Yoshiaki Kaihatsu

Born in 1966 in Yamanashi. Completed master course at Tama Art University. He has created artworks engaging audience and participated in exhibitions and art festivals including "Dia del Mar/ By the Sea" (2002, PS1 MOMA, USA), "OTAKU persona = space = city" (2004, Venice Biennale: International Architecture Exhibition, Italy), "Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale 2006" (2006, Japan). He lead "Daylily Art Circus" from August 2011 to visit 30 disaster affected areas in a month to bring art to the people.

Takahito Kimura

Born in 1971 in Aichi. Currently live in Tokyo. Major exhibitions include "Komore-bi Project" (2002, Spiral Garden / Esplanade Tokyo), "Pin Pon Pan Exhibition・Briefing Ideas" (2001), "air‐raid shelter" (2001, Shibuya Mark City West), "Clinic Exhibition" (hinge project) (2001, Shibuya Mark City West), "criterium 43" (2000, Mito Art Tower, Ibaraki), "Recycling Art Project" (1999, Riverbank at Toride, Ibaragi)

Risa Sato

Born in 1972 in Tokyo. Completed master course at Tokyo University of the Arts in 1999. Appointed as a fellow artist for Program of Overseas Study for Upcoming Artists by Agency for Cultural Affairs in 2008. Solo exhibitions include "Boat Journey Melbourne⇄Yokohama" (2003, West Space, Melbourne, Australia / Zou-No-Hana Terrace, Yokohama, Japan), "1:17" (2011, CAMACArt Centre France), "Kohachi - Yami-no-Umare-ha Hinata ni Nemuru" (2009, FOIL Gallery, Tokyo) and group exhibitions including "Splish-Splash Fair" (2016, Echigo-Tsumari Satoyama Museum of Contemporary Art, KINARE, Japan), "Eutopia", (2006, The Textile Museum of Canada), "Gwangju and Asia, Embracing" (2015, Mayhall Gallery Gwangju, China)


A unit of Makiko Masuda (sculptor) and Maki Kawasaki (graphic designer) organises and runs workshop across Japan by turning something slightly nonsense and unintentional into art. Being a mother of two children themselves, the unit engages people of all age with something fun.

Kotaro Watanabe・Tatsuya Narita (Takram)

Kotaro Watanabe (Context Designer)
He covers diverse range of projects from product planning, UX design to corporate branding as he designs with stories and respects craftmanship with narratives. His representative works and projects include “Hitohi,” Japanese confectionery with Toraya, "Message Soap, in time" a letter in the form of soap, and VI direction and design for Morioka Shoten Ginza branch, a bookstore for one book. He is an auther of "Storyweaving" and "pendulum of design inovation (デザイン・イノベーションの振り子)" and delivers lectures and talks both within and outside Japan. He has lived in Athens, Hong Kong and Tokyo. He has a taste for sake, collects perfumes, and appreciates tea ceremonies while travelling.
Tatsuya Narita (Design Engineer)
He graduated from Tama Art University, Department of Information Design and joined Takram in 2014. He works on hardware development and prototyping using electronics and digital fabrication technology. Major exhibitions inlcude "Ars Electronica–30 Years for Art and Media Technology" (2010, Museum of Modern Art Tokyo) and “Motion Science” (2015, 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT, Tokyo). Awards include 2009 Prix Ars Electronica, [the next idea] honorary mention. He is a director of FabLab Shibuya


An architect practice lead by Makoto Tanijiri and Ai Yoshida based in both Hiroshima and Tokyo. They work on wide range of projects in and beyond Japan including designing houses, commercial spaces, event spaces, landscape, products and installations.

Supported by Agency for Cultural Affairs (2017 building platform for making use of culture and art creation)
Events Calendar

Event Information


Saturday, July 22 2017 -
Sunday, September 3 2017
10:00 - 17:00
※ Closed on Wednesdays (※ except for Wed 9 and 16 August 2017)


Echigo-Tsumari Satoyama Museum of Contemporary Art, KINARE

6 Honcho, Tokamachi-city, Niigata Prefecture, Japan


Adult JPY800 / Children age under 15 JPY400
※ Admission includes access to the permanent collections.
※ Echigo-Tsumari 2017 Summer special ticket gives access to the exhibition once between Sat 5 and Sun 20 August 2017.


Notes for visitors:
・The pond is not a swimming pool. Swimming is not prohibited.
・You are not allowed to bring in any toys and equipment.
・The pond is about 30-40cm deep. Small children must be accompanied by adults.
・Please take off a pair of shoes/sandals when playing in the pond.
・We may have to close the access to the pond in case of bad weather.

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