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The sixth Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale is set to start July 26 in Tokamachi City and Tsunan Town in Niigata Prefecture, north-central Honshu.

Though this mountainous region is known for picturesque wintry snowscapes and lush green summer rice fields, it is beset with the socio-economic effects of an aging and falling population. Despite this, for ETAT’s 50-day duration it will come gloriously alive as people from all over Japan and beyond visit one of the nation’s — and indeed, the world’s — largest and most vibrant art festivals.

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