Amazing sand sculpture museum is tiny Tottori Prefecture’s hidden tourist gem
rocketnews24.com -- Jul 01
Tottori Prefecture's population of just over half a million is shockingly small by densely-populated Japan's standards, and it's just generally ignored by the rest of Japan as a place that, well… doesn't have much to see, to put it kindly.

But wait a second! What's this?! Tottori has been sitting on an amazing tourist draw in the form of a sand sculpture museum that features mind-boggling, award-winning and massive sand sculptures and they basically haven't even really told anybody about it.

We sent one of our Japanese writers to check the museum out - because none of the English writers could be trusted around a bunch of fragile works of art - and he came back almost giddy with praise.

Our writer, Mr. Sato (yes, that one! Contrary to this, this and this, he's surprisingly cultured and appreciate of the arts), said the museum's exhibit at the time of his visit was entitled, "Germany: Travel Around the World in Sand," and featured, well, a bunch of stuff from Germany. Although it seemed like more or less a hodgepodge of random bits from Germany's history, the exhibit included such impressive and varied works as a sand sculpture of the Brothers Grimm, recreations of the construction and eventual destruction of the Berlin Wall, depictions of Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation, and… probably some other stuff we didn't pay attention to in history class.

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Strolling through the massive, warehouse-like facility that housed the mammoth sculptures, Mr. Sato was reminded of that other sculptures-made-of-powdery-stuff attraction of Japan, Sapporo's Snow Festival, and concluded that the sculptures of the Sand Museum were so awe-inspiring that Tottori could easily host a Sand Festival and draw hundreds of thousands of tourists just like Sapporo!

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