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New York, NY, July 2, 2008 - This may not be well-known, but Tottori Prefecture in the western Japan is where Japan's only dune lies. Located along the coast line, Tottori dune has beautiful sand craters as deep as 40 meters (131 feet) and breathtaking wave lines and magnificent open view of the dune.

To enjoy the beauty of Tottori's regional nature, the Sand Museum is a must-stop: This unique outdoor museum is the only place in the world that accommodates the top level of massive sand art pieces. After the great success of the experimental sand sculpture exhibition in 2006 featuring sand sculptures of the Italian Renaissance icons, the second installment has started on April 26 this year with sand art sculptures of the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Asia. The second exhibition is larger in size: The art pieces are the works of eight sculptors from five countries - Japan, China, Singapore, India and Italy - while the first exhibition invited two. The largest sculpture is up to 16 feet high and 46 feet wide, and the art pieces appear even more spectacular when lit up in the evening.

The exhibition is the collection of over ten sand sculptures in 1500 square meter (0.37 acre) space of the Museum, and runs through January 3, 2009 (The exhibition may be closed due to the weather).

Featured sand sculptures:
Taj Mahal, India
Khajuraho Group of Monuments, India
Ellora Caves, India
Angkor, Cambodia
Historic City of Ayutthaya, Thailand
Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor, China
The Great Wall, China
Himeji Castle, Japan
Persepolis, Iran
Ashur (Qal'at Sherqat), Iraq
Buddha Statues of the Bamiyan Valley, Afghanistan

Featured Artists:
Katsuhiko Chaen, Japan
Wei Kang Zhang, China
Yong Kong Zhang, China
Yan Zhang, China
Li Dong Yong, China
Tan Joo Heng, Singapore
Sudarsan Pattnaik, India
Leonardo Ugolini, Italy

Museum Visitors Information
Tottori Sand Museum
Museum hours: 9am to 9pm (the last entry at 8:30pm)
Individual admissions: adults ¥300, students (6 to 18 years old) ¥200.
Group admissions (group of 20+): adults ¥200/person, students ¥150/person. (Japanese only)

Access to Tottori City
From Tokyo:
Take the domestic flight from Haneda Airport of Tokyo to Tottori (70 minutes). Take Tottori Airport bus for 20 minutes for Tottori train station and the bus from the Tottori station bus terminal to Sakyu Kitaguchi.

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Japan National Tourist Organization
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