Creatures From Your Wildest Dreams Inhabit Garden In Takeo







Creatures from your wildest dreams inhabit garden in Takeo

TAKEO, Saga Prefecture--It is as if a powerful magic spell has been cast on you when you enter the Mifuneyama Rakuen garden here.

Either that or you are hallucinating.

Fourteen multicolored luminous moving images have been projected on trees, massive rocks and inside caves to ensure that visitors feel like they have entered a fantasy world.

A dynamic waterfall falls on a 3-meter-tall massive sacred rock of Inari Daimyojin shrine in the garden. It's just one such sight to behold in an immersive art exhibition held in the garden at night.

"I want visitors to feel their existence is in a long-term sequence of activities involving nature and human beings," said Toshiyuki Inoko, head of teamLab, an art collective comprising 400 specialists, who seek to expand the relationship between people and digital technology.

By using digital technology, the teamLab casts a spell on the Japanese go-round style garden where people enjoy walking on circulating paths to appreciate views of the garden.

In an indoor space that used to be a public bathhouse, a variety of creatures drawn by visitors are projected on to the floor and walls where they move about freely.

The art exhibition is marking its third anniversary this year.

Sponsored by cosmetics giant Shiseido Co., the exhibition has expanded, now utilizing the entire garden space.

The art exhibition will run through Oct. 29. It is open from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Admission is 1,600 yen ($14) for adults, 1,200 yen for junior and senior high school students, and 800 yen for elementary school students. Free admission for preschoolers.