Tottori Sand Dunes Sand Museum: Producer’s Profile

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CHAEN KATSUHIKO

From Minami-satsuma city, Kagoshima Prefecture.
Graduate of Musashino Art University.
Executive producer of “The Fukiage-hama Sand Festival” held in Kagoshima Prefecture.
Executive producer of “The Sand Museum” in Tottori city.
Executive producer of “the World Sand Sculpture Festival” held in Tottori City.
Became a champion in the WSSA World Championships of Sand Sculpture in Singapore.
Joined and won various prizes in other championships of sand sculpture.
Participated in exhibitions in Italy, Singapore, Netherlands, Germany, China, etc.
Made a sand sculpture to promote the Torino Olympics.
For the Tokyo Opera Nomori 2007, whose conductor was Seiji Ozawa, made a sand sculpture in Ueno Park.
In 2008 and 2009, made sand sculptures in Osaka / Nakanoshima in “OSAKA Hikari-Renaissance.”
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The Fukiage-hama Sand Festival (Minami-satsuma city, Kagoshima)

The first “Fukiage-hama Sand Festival” was held at Kaseda city (now Minami-satsuma city), Kagoshima Prefecture, in 1987, as the Japan’s first sand sculpture event, with the expectation of Kaseda citizens who wanted to utilize its beautiful local sand beach to revitalize the city.
After that, the festival was held every year (it ceased in 2002).
There are more than 80 exhibits made of the sand of Fukiage-hama, which is one of the three largest sand dunes in Japan.
Sand sculptors throughout the world, local people, and local elementary/junior high school students make sand sculptures jointly, in cooperation with 1000 or more volunteers.
The festival is such a big event that the whole city gets involved.The headquarters of the Japan Sand Sculpture Association is located here, making the city the pioneer of sand sculpturing of Japan.

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The World Sand Sculpture Festival (tottori city)

The World Sand Sculpture Festival(tottori city)

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Tottori Sand Dunes Sand Museum (tottori city)

Tottori Sand Dunes Sand Museum, “located in Fukube-cho, Tottori city, continues its operation from the 1st exhibition held in 2006.
The museum is Japan’s only open-air museum exhibiting sculptures made of “sand”.
Katsuhiko Chaen, who is now active domestically and abroad as a sand sculptor and producer, is attracting attention as one of “100 Japanese individuals the world respects”, is the executive producer of the museum.
The highest level of sand sculptures in the world are exhibited every year, inviting sand sculptors from around the world.
04-smp “Guan Yu” – The legendary fighter of China – . 2008, Italy
05-smp “From the Dante’s Divine Comedy”. 2009. Italy
06-smp “People of the Desert II”, 2009. Tottori Sand Dunes Sand Museum, Tottori
 
07-smp “Story of the angel on the city II”, 2009. OSAKA Hikari-Renaissance
08-smp “Pinocchio”, 2010. Italy
09-smp “Tutankhamen”, 2010. Fukiage-hama Sand Festival, Kagoshima
 
10-smp “The Story of the Birth of Christ Jesus”, 2010. Italy.
11-smp “People of the Desert Ⅲ”, 2010. Tottori Sand Dunes Sand Museum, Tottori
12-smp “Buffoon Playing a Lute (created by Hals)”, 2010. Netherlands

 

2011. Tottori Sand Dunes Sand Museum, Tottori

2012. Tottori Sand Dunes Sand Museum, Tottori

2012. Tottori Sand Dunes Sand Museum, Tottori

 

2014. Tottori Sand Dunes Sand Museum, Tottori

2015. Tottori Sand Dunes Sand Museum, Tottori

2015. Tottori Sand Dunes Car Parking, Tottori

 

2016. Tottori Sand Dunes Sand Museum, Tottori

2017. Tottori Sand Dunes Sand Museum, Tottori