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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