The Sand Museum

Nature created the “Tottori Sand Dunes,” a formative beauty created over the years.
We want to create an unprecedented creative man-made beauty here and to excite and impress people who visit this site.
This desire came to life as the “Sand Museum” which opened at the Tottori Sand Dunes on November 18, 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.
Sand sculptures eventually collapse as the material is sand. You can see for a brief time, in that place. The transience is the attraction and beauty of sand sculpture.

The first Exhibition

“Italy/Renaissance Edition”

The first Exhibition “Italy/Renaissance Edition”

2006/11/18~2007/1/3
7 sand sculptures, whose motifs were Leonardo da Vinci’s painting “the Annunciation”, Michelangelo’s sculpture “Pieta”, etc., were created and exhibited. Those sculptures were jointly made by Katsuhiko Chaen, Leonardo Ugolinistudy, and members of the local Fukube Sand Sculpture Study Group.

The Second Exhibition

“World Heritage / Asia Edition —on the Asian Wind—“

The Second Exhibition“World Heritage / Asia Edition —on the Asian Wind—“

2008/4/26~2009/1/3
12 sand sculptures (including one made live in front of an audience) whose motifs were “Taj Mahal” of India, the “Great Wall”, the “Terracotta Army” of China, “Himeji Castle” of Japan were made and exhibited. Those sculptures were created by Katsuhiko Chaen, and 7 sand sculptors from abroad.

The 3rd Exhibition

“World Tour on sand / Austria Version — Visit the aristocratic culture and the city of music—”

The 3rd Exhibition “World Tour on sand / Austria Version — Visit the aristocratic culture and the city of music—”

2009/9/18~2010/1/3
10 sand sculptures, whose motifs were gorgeous structures of Austria like “Belvedere Palace” and “St. Stephen’s Cathedral”, great musicians like Mozart and Haydn, and aristocratic culture of Austria. Those sculptures were created by Katsuhiko Chaen, and 10 sand sculptors from abroad.

The 4th Exhibition

“World Tour on sand / Africa Edition”

The 4th Exhibition “World Tour on sand / Africa Edition”

2010/4/29~2011/1/10
11 sand sculptures, whose motifs were “Wild animals in Africa”, “Safari”, etc. Those sculptures were created by Katsuhiko Chaen, and 11 sand sculptors from abroad.

The 5th Exhibition

“World Tour on sand / United Kingdom Edition”

The 5th Exhibition “World Tour on sand / United Kingdom Edition”

2012/4/14~2013/1/6
14 sand sculptures, whose motifs were “Buckingham Palace”, “Imperial Guard’s Cavalcade”, etc. Those sculptures were created by Katsuhiko Chaen, and 15 sand sculptors from abroad.

The 6th Exhibition

“World Tour on sand / Southeast Asia Version”

The 6th Exhibition “World Tour on sand / Southeast Asia Version”

2013/4/20~2014/1/5
19 sand sculptures, whose motifs were “Angkor Wat”, “Shadow Puppet Theater Wayang Kulit”, etc. Those sculptures were created by Katsuhiko Chaen, and 17 sand sculptors from abroad.

The 7th Exhibition

“World Tour on sand / Russia Version”

The 7th Exhibition “World Tour on sand / Russia Version”

2014/4/19~2015/1/4
21 sand sculptures, whose motifs were “Catherine the Great and the Romanov dynasty”, “Russian music – Tchaikovsky and ballet”, etc. Those sculptures were created by Katsuhiko Chaen, and 19 sand sculptors from abroad.

The 8th Exhibition

“World Tour on sand / Germany Version”

The 8th Exhibition “World Tour on sand / Germany Version”

2015/4/18~2016/1/3
20 sand sculptures, whose motifs were “The Bronze Statue of the Brothers Grimm (Memorial of sister-city Hanau)”, “Cinderella (from the fairy tales of the Brothers Grimm)”, etc. Those sculptures were created by Katsuhiko Chaen, and 19 sand sculptors from abroad.

The 9th Exhibition

“Travel Around the World in Sand / South America Version”

The 9th Exhibition “Travel Around the World in Sand / South America Version”

2016/4/16~2017/1/3
18 sand sculptures, whose motifs were “Machu Picchu”, “Carnival in Rio de Janeiro”, etc. Those sculptures were created by Katsuhiko Chaen, and 19 sand sculptors from abroad.

The 10th Exhibition

“Travel Around the World in Sand / The United States of America”

The 10th Exhibition “Travel Around the World in Sand / The United States of America”

2017/4/15~2018/1/3
19 sand sculptures, whose motifs were “Mount Rushmore”, “American Music”, etc. Those sculptures were created by Katsuhiko Chaen, and 19 sand sculptors from abroad.