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Under The Umbrella Sky

If there’s a better way to celebrate Japan’s summer rainy season, show me! This is the latest environmental art exhibit at Metsa Village, the same place where Digitized Lakeside and Forest happened last winter.

The exhibit is constructed from hundreds of tinted umbrellas, linked invisibly overhead, between the trees
You enter beneath the warm end of the rainbow…
…stroll under curiously sunny-feeling skies (even in the rain)…
…and exit under deepest blue
It looks especially surreal from the other end!

And best of all…it’s free! This path is the entrance to the paying areas of Moomin Village and other attractions, but you don’t have to have a ticket to enjoy the umbrellas.

Metsa Village is outside of Hanno, a 50-minute express train ride from Ikebukuro Station on the Seibu Ikebukuro Line. From Hanno Station, there are regular buses ferrying people back and forth to Metsa Village.

Open: Every day until July 15, 2019

Hours: 18:00 – 21:00

Admission: Free

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Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!

4 thoughts on “Under The Umbrella Sky Leave a comment

    • Interesting! I bet something like this would be gorgeous to walk through if it was installed in a sunny place. Even in the shady forest, the umbrellas tinted the light coming through them, which made for a nearly magical atmosphere.

  1. Love these umbrellas, so beautiful. I wonder why other countries don’t have these kinds of amazing artistic displays…Japan seems to be the world centre of all art as far as I can tell.

    • I thought so too, until I started subscribing to thisiscolossal.com, which is one of the two email newsletters I don’t automatically delete when they drift into my in-box. It constantly astounds me with how much great art is being done, all over the place! One thing that does seem to be true of Japan though, is that things change really rapidly, don’t you think? Art and fashion, especially. Like, people here are so hungry for new, newer, newest. Gallery and museum exhibits change super fast (TOO fast, she says, having cursed repeatedly when notices come while I’m in San Francisco, and the show is WAY over by the time I’ll be back in Tokyo).

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