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

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Water-play in the "Pond of Sky"

Echigo-Tsumari Satoyama Museum of Contemporary Art, KINARE has an iconic work in the courtyard of the building called “Palimpsest: pond of sky” by Leandro Erlich. The special exhibition for the summer, “Splish-Splash Fair” transforms this “Palimpsest: pond of sky” into the site where you can experience and play artworks including the SUP, Echigo-Tsumari Art Field version as well as “making and doing” artwork using flowing water in the corridor space. Don’t miss out the weekend-only frozen-icecream shop if you plan to visit us over the weekend during the duration of the summer program.

Participating artists: KAIHATSU Yoshiaki, HARA Rintaro and HARA, YORIKO

About artworks

Water Village by HARA Rintaro and HARA Yu

Make your own boat and float it in the canal, a habitat to animals and plants with lots of ETAT artworks.

Photo by NAKAMURA Osamu

Photo by NAKAMURA Osamu


Enjoy special ride on a originally designed SUP (Stand Up Paddle boat) for Echigo-Tsumari Art Field over the “pond of sky”.

Photo by NAKAMURA Osamu

YORIKO presents "Collaboration Sweet Stall in summer"

Try frozen icecream with toppings made of local ingredients such as Yukishita-ninjin (carrots grown under the snow) and strawberry.
Open dates:
Thursday 23, Friday 24, Saturday 25, Sunday 26 July, Saturday 1, Sunday 2, Saturday 8 – Sunday 16, Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 August 2020. ※ Please note that the stall is not open on 29 and 30 August 2020)
Price: JPY350


Photo by HATTORI Yuuki

Photo by HATTORI Yuuki

"Mole TV" by KAIHATSU Yoshiaki

The beloved mole returns this summer and stays at his underground studio.
Tune to the live stream from 10:00 to 11:00 at FM Tokamachi (78.3MHz) and YouTube Live.
【On air and on site】Saturday 8, Sunday 9 and Monday 10 August 2020

Photo by NAKAMURA Osamu

Bar Echigo-Shinanogawa

Stop for the regular menu for tea and sweets or a special option “Mogu-Lunch” using vegetables grown and picked from the field of Mole TV on top of keema Curry will be available during the summer program.

【Menu】Mogu-Lunch JPY850 (30 serves only), drink and sweets, drinks and sweets

【Opening hours】During summer program) 11:00-16:00, Other times 12:00-16:00 (L.O15:30) Closed on Wednesdays

【TEL】+81 (0)25-761-7371


Participating artists



Born in 1966 in Yamanashi. Completed Master Degree at Graduate School of Art and Design at Tama Art University. His artworks often engage audience which have been presented at “Dia del Mar/ By the Sea” (PS1 MOMA, 2002), “OTAKU persona = space = city” (The 9th Venice Biennale International Architecture Exhibition, 2004), and Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale 2006. He has launched a project called “thank you art day” since 9 March 2000 and “Daylily Art Circus” from summer 2011 in response to the Great Eastern Earthquake in 2011.

HARA Rintaro & HARA Yu


HARA Rintaro |
Born in 1973. Completed study at Sandberg Instituut. He aims to construct the world which reveals through “transformation”, for instence, the original image would collapse and noise would occur which then lead to change in the meaning as he applies an analogue technique to express a digital image. He pursues an expression for the world that is not perfect and yet fluid and exists somewhere rather close to everyday life. He has received a special award of the 7th Taro Award and his collaborative work with Yu Hara , “Nioiwo Kagareru Kaguyahime: Nihon Mukashibanashi Remix” was granted  the Encouragement Award in the filed of entertainment at the 11th Japan Media Art Festival.

Born in 1976. Completed the Master Digree at Tokyo University of the Arts. She has been exploring the potential of drawings. “Face” series which depicts a canvas as a face is a painting enjoying caricature as well as an installation as a group that display various works in the same space. “Flying classroom” series which capture everyday objects drawn on the flyers would release them from the original use and locate them as a symbols while revealing alternative landscape in the space of drawing. !Nioiwo Kagareru Kaguyahime: Nihon Mukashibanashi Remix” was granted  the Encouragement Award in the filed of entertainment at the 11th Japan Media Art Festival. Nioiwo Kagareru Kaguyahime: Nihon Mukashibanashi Remix”, a collaborative work with HARA Rintaro was granted  the Encouragement Award in the filed of entertainment at the 11th Japan Media Art Festival.


Born in 1987 in Nagasaki. The artist has been running art projects which engage cooperation from the local people at various places both within and outside Japan.  The artist creates space and time attracting a crowd of people by respecting distinctive culture of a place and transforming what she grapes into a project through humour that can be joined by people of all ages. Najanojo Biennale (2015), Hachinohe Portal Museum Hachi Artist in Residence (2015), Takamatsu Artist in Residence (2016), Echigo-Tsumari Art Field 2016 Summer and “Water Tower Art Fest 2016.

※Photo by studio HATOYA


Date and time Thursday 23 July - Sunday 30 August 2020, closed on Wednesdays except for 12 August 2020.
Opening hours 10:00~17:00 (last entry by 16:30)
10:00 - 17:00
※ Closed on Wednesdays (※ except for Wed 14 August 2019)

Echigo-Tsumari Satoyama Museum of Contemporary Art, KINARE

6 Honcho, Tokamachi-city, Niigata Prefecture, Japan

Admission Adult JPY800 / Children age under 15 JPY400
※ Admission includes access to the permanent collections.

Notes for visitors:
・The pond is not a swimming pool. Swimming is prohibited.
・Bringing in any toys and equipment is not permitted.
・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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