A Water Vein of the Silk

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Photo by ANZAÏ

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About the artwork

Tokamachi has a history as a silk-producing center. Its name (“tenth day market”) points to its origins as a town for exchange of goods that already existed in the Heian Era. Sericulture techniques were introduced to Japan from China around the 2nd century B.C. It is not certain when these techniques took root in Echigo-Tsumari, but there is a record of silk cloth being offered to Todaiji in 8th century. Andesite rocks from the Shinano river valley have been placed in a ring shape. As sow melts in early spring, the tops of the stones appear, from under an average 3-meter accumulation of snow. The rhythm of one stone slowly emerging after the other echoes the unhurried flow of history in Echigo-Tsumari.

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Artwork no. T027
Production year 2003
Admission ETAT Passport or Special ticket
Area Tokamachi
Village Kinare
Open dates From the late April (It will be open after snow season) to the beginning of November
Venue Near Echigo-Tsumari Satoyama Museum of Contemporary Art, KINARE
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