Echigo-Tsumari Art Field

A special autumn exhibition at Museum of Picture Book Art: “Moshi-moshi mamushi, what are you doing?”

A special exhibition prior to ETAT2018

posted August 29, 2017
A special exhibition at Museum of Picture Book Art this autumn is a pre-exhibition of Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale 2018 next summer. How does mamushi living in satoyama feels while being scared so much and preserved in alcohol from time to time. What can we learn about their life if putting ourselves in something so unpopular's shoes? In preparation to ETAT2018, this exhibition highlights living creatures and their relation to human and our life in the snow country. Watch out - we may find a gigantic mamushi in the Hachi village during ETAT2018 next summer.

Featuring artists

Arthur Binard

Born in Michigan, USA in 1967. He started to write poems after having studied English Literature at Colgate University in New York and moved to Japan upon graduation from the university. His poem, "Tsuriagetewawas" (published by Shityosya Co., Ltd) was awarded the Nakahara Chuya Prize and picturebook "Home is Here - Ben Shahn’s Lucky Dragon" (Published by Shueisha Inc) received Japan Picturebook Prize. He has published many essays and translations. He presents radio programmes including "Terumi Yoshida Tob! Salvador" (Nippon Cultural Broadcasting Inc.), "GO! GO! Radi-maru" (Aomori Broadcasting Corporation), and "News Zap" (Sky Prefect JSAT Corporation). He has published "Dome-gatari: mirai heno kioku" (Tamagawa University Press) in 2017.

Seizo Tashima

Born in Osaka, Japan in 1940. Spent his childhood in Kochi prefecture. He has received many awards including Golden Apples prize at Bienále ilustrácií Bratislava in 1969 for "Chikara-Taro". He has presented "Dorakujin and the children" in ETAT2013 and "Blue Sky Aquarium" in the former sanatorium on the Oshima Island during Setouchi Triennale 2013.

Related events

Talk-battle between Arther Binard and Seizo Tashima in Kotatsu: A courage to become mamushi

Are you brave enough to be disliked? Let's think about poisonous mamushi's feeling. Two artists who have been closely engaged with living creatures will exchange their perspectives.
Date Friday 3 November 2017
Time 14:00-16:00 (including autograph sessions)
Price JPY800 (with a cup of amazake) *Admission to the museum is required separately.
Booking Booking is essential/Click here for details and booking.

Night Museum

Children dressed up as "osenaka-san" will take you through the walk-in museum at night presented by light, shadow and sound.
Date Saturday 11 November 2017
Time 18:00-20:30 (Last entry by 20:00)
*Expected to be crowded around opening time.
Price Included in the admission to the museum
Booking Booking is not required./Click here for details.
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Event Information


Saturday, October 28 2017 -
Tuesday, November 28 2017
10:00 - 16:00
※Closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays


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 Autumn special ticket holder has an access to the museum once from Sat 28 October to Sun 12 November2017

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