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If you can’t bring the people to the art, take the art to the people: This thinking, which for more than a decade has inspired art-in-the-street and art-in-the-countryside projects, last year engendered its oddest event yet: “Art-in-the-underground-train-station-concourse”!

Still, as the so-called Art Area B1 at Naniwabashi Station, Osaka, kicks off its second annual “Tetsudo Geijutsusai” (railway art festival) this weekend, it’s clear that while the underlying concept might be muddled, the selection of artists is not.

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