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‘Art Place Japan’ by Fram Kitagawa

The question: How to revitalize a depressed region in Japan of some 200 rural communities with scores of abandoned houses and schools? The answer: with art. Every three years since 2000, sculptors, architects, and artists create artworks that speak to the region’s culture and history. “Art Place Japan: The Echigo-Tsumari Triennale and the Vision to Reconnect Art and Nature” (Princeton Architectural) by Fram Kitagawa tells the story behind this mammoth installation of art and presents photographs of more than 200 artworks. Translated by Amiko Matsuo and Brad Monsma, this guide is the first on this subject in English.

JAN GARDNER