Echigo-Tsumari Art Field

Summer exhibition at Museum of Picture Book Art: Tomo Tomo, Shizzlin and Seizo “Midareuchi”

A exhibition featuring Tomo Yamaguchi, Sizzle Ohtaka and Seizo Tashima

posted June 11, 2017
A special exhibition featuring collaboration amongst Seizo Tashima, Sizzle Ohtaka the voice artist and "Tomo Tomo", Tomo Yamaguchi who turns scrap into percussion instruments. Tomo Tomo will go on a treasure hunt in the sheds in Hachi village and pick up unused old tools and farming equipment and transform them into percussions. In addition, "koeya" by Shizzrin which was so popular in 2013 will return and Seizo Tashima will present "Midareuchi Shotengai (shopping street). Listen to sounds and voices you will hear in and outside of the school building and enjoy this never-seen-before exhibition.

Participating artists

Tomo Yamaguchi

Chairman of Japan Junk Percussion Instruments Association. Percussonisnt / Drummer / Photographer. After making a debut with Hiro Tsunoda through Jap’s Gap’s, he has participated in concert tours and recording by Sayuri Ishikawa, Miho Nakayama, Miki Imai and Ken Hirai. He began creating junk percussion instruments in 1995. He was known as Tomo Tomo, one of the regular presenters at "Doremi no TV" (NHK 2003-2006). He has been performing at "junk music concert (garakuta ongakukai)" since 2000, spreading music that talks to all ages.

Shizzle Ohtaka

Singer & Voice artist. Using her rainbow-colour voice, she expands the frontier of songs. As the pioneer of "drawing by voice (Koe no oekaki), she challenges the potential of voice making it barrier-free. "Kurayami Bijutsukan (Museum)" a collaborative work of voice and light inspired by the philosophy of Inyo presented at Ichihara Lakeside Museum in 2016 was well received by the audience. Her performance at the TV programme for children "Nihongo de Asobo (at NHK ETV) introduces alternative aspects of "the forgotten universe of Japanese". "Osenaka Ondo", a nostalgic but funny song remembeirng where you are from while connecting to where you will be gone is available for download across shops.

Seizo Tashima

Born in 1940 in Osaka. Spent his childhood in Kochi. He has received many awards including BIB award in 1969 for his picturebook, Chikarataro. He presented "Dorakujin and the children" during Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale 2012 and "Blue Sky Aquarium" in a former sanatorium on the Oshima Island during Setouchi Triennale 2013.

Related events

Tomo Tomo, Shizzlin and Seizo present an opening gallery tour

The three artists featured in the exhibition itself will take you through the gallery space.
Date Saturday 8 July 2017
Time 14:00-(for 1.5-2 hours)
Price Free *Admission to the museum is required separately.
Booking Booking is reuqired. Click here for details and booking.

Night Museum

In addition to presentations by lights and sounds, children dressed up as "Osenaka-san" will take you through the walk-in museum at night. Shizzle Ohtaka, the voice artist will also appear in the show.
Date Saturday 5 August 2017
Time/span> 19:00-21:00(Last entry by 20:30)
*It is expected to be crowded when the door opens.
*You will enjoy the better view and look of artworks after 19:30.
Price JPY500, Free for children before school
Booking Booking is not required. Visit here for details.

Osenaka workshop and gallery tour by Shizzlin

Join the special "Osenaka workshop" and gellery tour by Shizzlin.
Date Friday 11 August 2017
Time 14:00-16:00 (including workshop and tour)
Price JPY1500 (Admission to the museum is required separately. Echigo-Tsumari 2017 Summer special ticket holder can entre to the museum for free once. ) Free for children before school age when accompanied by an adult.
Booking Booking is required. Click here for details.

BACCA GOHGI Hachi Festival 2017

A special event featuring bon-odori of the village and music performances. Join the dancing circle and try "Osenaka Ondo" by Shizzle Ohtaka and "Karasu Odori", a traditional local music.
Participants: Tomo Yamaguchi (perc), Shizzle Ohtaka (vo), ASU (vo.key.perc)
Date Satruday 12 August 2017
Time Door opens at 18:00 / event kicks off at 18:45
Price Admission (adult) JPY1500 (advance purchase), JPY2000 at the door, JPY500 for children age under 15
Booking Booking is required. Click here for details.

Open studio by Tomo Tomo

Join making "pipe telephone" with Tomo Yamaguchi, install them all over the museum and enjoy special menu at Hachi Cafe for lunch
Date Saturday 26 August 2017
Time 10:00-15:00
Price Adult JPY3000 / Children age under 15 JPY2000 (including linch and admission)
What to bring A core of the toilet roll, core of a cling film
Booking Booking is required. Click here for details and booking.
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Event Information


Saturday, July 8 2017 -
Monday, October 9 2017
10:00 - 17:00
※Closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays (except for Thursdays in Aug, Wed 9 and 16 Aug 2017)


Hachi & Seizo Tashima Museum of Picture Book Art
(2310-1 Ko Sanada, Tokamachi-City, Niigata Prefecture)


Adult JPY700 / Children age under 15 JPY300 / Children before school age are free

※ Echigo-Tsumari 2017 Summer special ticket holder has an access to the museum once from Sat 5 Sun 20 Aug 2017

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