Echigo-Tsumari Art Field

Echigo-Tsumari 2017 Spring

9 days from Saturday 29 April to Sunday 7 May 2016

posted March 30, 2017
A long waited spring arrives to Echigo-Tsumari when we begin to see sansai (mountain vegetables) popping out from the snow field. We are pleased to present “Echigo-Tsumari 2017 Spring” consisting of various programmes highlighting “art and sansai” so that you will be able to have a full experience of Echigo-Tsumari in spring.
Echigo-Tsumari Art Field has been running projects featuring “food” in recent years under the concept, “food is art”. For example, there will be a programme inviting participants to pick up mountain vegetables and eat them overlooking art and sakura trees as they will be cooked by local ladies. We look forward to welcoming you to Echigo-Tsumari in spring.

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(1)Advanced opening of a new artwork for ETAT2018 at Sansho House
(2)Special exhibitions
(5)Artworks to visit
(6)Stay in artworks / old schools
(7)Guided tour
(8)Recommended itineraries
(9)Special ticket

(1)Advanced opening of a new artwork for ETAT2018 at Sansho House

“Lost Garden” by Leandro Erlich at Sansho House

An installation appealing to optical illusions of viewers in a space in Sansho House by Leandro Erlich known for his artworks “Tunnel” at Echigo-Tsumari Satoyama Museum of Contemporary Art, KINARE and “Swimming Pool” at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art
Sansho House
Saturday 29 April - Sunday 7 May 2017

(2)Special exhibitions

Spring exhibition at Echigo-Tsumari Satoyama Museum of Contemporary Art, KINARE

An exhibition featuring artworks from previous festivals leading up to the 7th festival next year.
Echigo-Tsumari Satoyama Museum of Contemporary Art, KINARE
Saturday 29 April - Sunday 2 July 2017

“I was once drawing while cultivating a farm land and living with a goat”: a spring exhibition at Matsudai Nohbutai

A special exhibition featuring artworks from 1970s by Seizo Tashima of Museum of Picture Book Art with a live painting by young and upcoming picture book artist, Machiko Miroko.
Matsudai Nohbutai Gallery
Saturday 15 - Sunday 2 July 2017

“Tadashi Kawamata - Crossroad”

The exhibition presents a series of unveiled artworks by Tadashi Kawabata who has been delivering projects both within and outside Japan as a pioneer of installation using waste materials.
Kiyotsu Warehouse Museum
Saturday 29 April - Sunday 7 May 2017

”Report on experimental picture books”

An exhibition showing half-a-year process of the creation of the third series of picture book using nuts following “gao” and “mikron ojisan”.
Museum of Picture Book Art
Saturday 29 April - Sunday 2 July 2017

China House Project: Nature - just as it is

An exhibition featuring artworks expressing abundant nature by four Chinese artists.
Saturday 29 April - Sunday 7 May 2017

Satoyama rice: blessing from rice field

A exhibition introducing diverse environment and eco-system which are brought to the region by rice production in Satoyama.
Till Sunday 26 June 2017


Ubusuna House: a short walk and sansai lunch

The only day you can enjoy sansai dumpling this spring. Participants are invited to join picking up sansai, a short walk to the artwork in the village followed by sansai lunch cooked by local women.
Saturday 29 April 2017

Joyama Club Vol.12: Spring walk with Kinichi Matsuyama

A series of walk guided by local expert and Fram Kitagawa appreciating flowers, plants, living things in Satoyama in different seasons.
9:15 - Sunday 30 April 2017

Spring trekking in the home of Matagi with KEEN

Join a spring trekking guided by the outdoor brand, KEEN and explore Akiyamago, the home of Matagi and enjoy buffet lunch featuring seasonal sansai dishes.
10:00- Sunday 30 April 2017

”Unique piece of NUNAGAWA terrace” at NUNAGAWA Campus 2017

A unique piece of artwork under the 20 sakura trees planted last year celebrates the new term at NUNAGAWA Campus.
Saturday 29 April - Sunday 7 May 2017
1. Art: Curving “Offering from the earth”
Tuesday 2 - Friday 5 May 2017
2. Sakura project ohanami (admiring sakura)
Wednesday 3 May 2017
3. Sports: FC Echigo-Tsumari U-15 football lesson
Thursday 4 May 2017

Satoyama Cinema at Sansho House

Enjoy a screening of wonderful film selected by Fram Kitagawa and a talk event at the old wooden school building over light snack and drinks.
17:30- Sunday 30 April 2017


”Spring buffet with sansai” at Echigo-Matsudai Satoyama Shokudo

Eat as much as you like from wide range of dishes featuring freshly picked up sansai (mountain vegetables) and seasonal local ingredients cooked in traditional recipe with contemporary twist. Sansai will be available for purchase on Thursday 4 and Friday 5 May 2017!

”Spring plates filled with bounty of satoyama” at Bar Echigo-Shinanogawa

Try special seasonal plate full of flavour and fresh ingredients.


Enjoy simple but satisfying food on NUNAGAWA campus including rice harvested from terraced rice field.

(5)Artworks to visit

Opening hours: 10:00-16:00
※ Gallery Yuyama will be closed on Monday 1 and Tuesday 2 May 2017.

(6)Stay in artworks / old schools

We are currently taking booking for Australia House, Dream House, Shedding House, House of Light, Echigo-Tsumari Kamigo Clove Theatre, Sansho House, and Katakuri House.

Australia House

Friday 29 April - Saturday 6 May 2017

Echigo-Tsumari Kamigo Clove Theatre

Throughout the year

Dream House / Shedding House

Sansho House

Katakuri House

(7)Guided tour

A journey to enjoy spring in Satoyama and experience stories of picture books by train

A guided tour to enjoy spring landscapes including bijou boyish (beech tree forest) with young leaves and terraced rice filed followed by lunch at Echigo-Matsudai Satoyama Shokudo and short train ride on JR Iiyama Line to visit artworks.
Friday 5, Saturday 6, Sunday 7, Saturday 13, Sunday 14 May 2017

(8)Recommended itineraries

(9)Special ticket

Price Adult JPY2000 Children age under 15 JPY500
Validity Saturday 29 April - Sunday 7 May 2017
Sale period Early April - Sunday 7 May 2017
Where to buy Echigo-Tsumari Satoyama Museum of Contemporary Art, KINARE, Matsudai Nohbutai, Echigo-Tsumari On-line Shop and more
Photo:Anzaï,Gentaro Ishizuka, Kazue Kawase, Osamu Nakamura, H.Noguchi, Ayumi Yanagi
Events Calendar

Event Information


Saturday, April 29 2017 -
Sunday, May 7 2017


Special ticket
Adult JPY2000
Children age under 15 JPY500
Free for children before school age

Events Calendar