Natural forest will become a space of interactive-art! “Koou Suru Mori to Shiroato – Kushimazaki Juso”

13.May.2017 | SPOT

Team Labo will hold “Koou Suru Mori to Joseki – Kushimazaki Juso” at Omura Shrine which stands on Kushima Shiro Ato”

Kushimazaki Juso is a place which became a natural forest after the Kushima Castle was deserted. The place includes huge trees.

Floating, Resonating Spheres – Omura Shrine
teamLab, 2017, Interactive Installation, Endless, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi
The project is to combine the mysterious natural forest and modern technology.

Oomura Park will become an interactive digital art location which changes its form by the passing of people. The project includes “Koou Suru Mori to Joseki – Kushimazaki Juso,”which is an art event where colors and the resonating of sounds change when  a person walks by and “Fuyu suru, Koou suru Kyutai,”where a light bulb bobs up and down in the center of the shrine grounds.

This event will be held between the 3rd of June, 2017 (Sat) and the 2nd of July (Sun) and “Kashobu Maturi” will be held on the 4th of June (Sun) from 11:00 to 15:00. In the largest Kasyobu Park in Kyusyu, 171 kinds of Kashobu (300 thousands of Kashobu) will showcase the park until mid June.

呼応する森と城跡 – 玖島崎樹叢 / Resonating Forest and Castle Ruins – Kushimazaki Tree Flora
teamLab, 2017, Interactive Digitized Nature, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

 

The scene where the light bulb sparkles and fades out looks like it is breathing. Let’s experience the world of interactive art which combines nature and digital artforms.

 

■Information

Resonating Forest and Castle Ruins – Kushimazaki Tree Flora
Event period: June 3rd, 2017 (Sat) to July 2nd (Sun)
Omura Park, Omurashi, Nagasaki Prefecture (Kushimazaki Juso / Omori Shrine) (〒856-0834  45-3 1-Chome, Kushima, Omurashi, Nagasaki Prefecture)
※The event will be cancel depending on the weather conditions.
※Elementary school students must come with their parents and a group consisting of only junior high / high school students must leave the venue before 20:30.

Official site:https://www.teamlab.art/jp/e/omura/

Kashobu Maturi:http://www.city.omura.nagasaki.jp/kankousuishin/event/h28/20160605.html

 

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Related article:A temple lodging plan which offers “Puchi Shabutu” (tracing a picture of Buddhist image) experience is now available!

 

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    ©Disney/Pixar

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    Tabloid Distribution

    For illustrative purposes only. Distribution from September 12, 2020.

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    Photo Spots

    Cars photo spot

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    Participating Stations: Hakata Station, Saga Station, Nagasaki Station, Oita Station, Kumamoto Station, Kagoshima-Chūō Station, Miyazaki Station

     

    Special Site & Official Instagram

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    GO! WAKU WAKU ADVENTURE Digital Stamp Rally

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    Limited Edition Merchandise

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    Release Date: September 12, 20202
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    Those who ride the very first departing train will receive an original Pixar design train ticket. The Tsubame 363 train bound for Kagoshima-Chūō Station will depart from Hakata Station at 12:19 on September 12, 2020.

     

    ©Disney/Pixar

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    Address: 1458 Iwanouechō, Hirado, Nagasaki (7-minutes from Hirado Bridge)

    Nagasaki Tabi Net: https://www.nagasaki-tabinet.com/guide/370/

     

    Tabira Park

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    Address: 823-1 Tabirachō Kotedamen, Hirado, Nagasaki (Next to Hirado Bridge)

    Official Website: http://nagasaki-park.or.jp/free/tabira

     

     

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    Address: Nakadaira-36-1 Namari, Hanamaki, Iwate

     

    ▼Hanamaki Hoshi Meguri no Yoru Tour
    https://www.hankyu-travel.com/kokunai/keyword/%E3%81%AF%E3%81%AA%E3%81%BE%E3%81%8D%E6%98%9F%E3%82%81%E3%81%90%E3%82%8A%E3%81%AE%E5%A4%9C/?p_baitai=9599

     

     

    China Lantern Festival | Chiba Prefecture

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    Running: November 23, 2019 – April 5, 2020

    Location: Tokyo German Village

    Address: 419 Nagayoshi, Sodegaura, Chiba

     

    ▼Tokyo German Village Tour
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    Tsunan Yuki Matsuri | Niigata Prefecture

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    Running: March 14, 2020 (There will also be a lantern event the night before on March 13, 2020)

    Location: New Greenpia Tsunan

    Address: 12300 Akinari, Tsunan, Nakauonuma-gun, Niigata

     

    ▼Niigata Tsunan Sky Lantern Festival Tour
    https://www.hankyu-travel.com/chubu-hokuriku/niigata/lantern/?p_baitai=9599

     

     

    Nagasaki Lantern Festival | Nagasaki Prefecture

    This festival was originally held during the Chinese New year by the people of Nagasaki Chinatown, but in 1994 it was given the name “Nagasaki Lantern Festival.” To date, it has been attended by over 1 million people. This year, around 15,000 lanterns of varying sizes are set to light the streets. Taking place across several areas, some standout pieces include the peach-coloured lanterns at Nagasaki Chinatown, the ceiling lanterns at Hamanomachi Arcade, the water lanterns at Nagashimagawa Park, and more. On weekends, there are also parades, traditional Chinese performance, and other exciting events. And if you head to Nagasaki Confucian Shrine (also known as Koshi-byo), you can offer a love lantern to pray for happiness in your relationship.

     

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    Locations: Nagasaki Chinatown/Central Park/Tojin Yashiki/and elsewhere
    Address: Various places throughout the city of Nagasaki

     

    ▼Nagasaki Lantern Festival

    Hankyu Travel International Tour: Hankyu Travel International

    Nagasaki Tourism Page: https://travel.at-nagasaki.jp/en/what-to-see/62/

     

    Ryukyu Lantern Festival 2019-2020 | Okinawa Prefecture

    Murasaki Mura Ryukyu Kingdom Theme Park is known for having originally been used as the set for several historical drama series, and was subsequently turned into a theme park after filming was finished. The Ryukyu Lantern Festival welcomes a variety of different lanterns, including Chinese lanterns, paper lanterns, various Asian lanterns, and more, each of which bring a completely different atmosphere depending on the area you are in. This year sees the welcome return of the annual lantern contest where 45 individual lantern pieces are exhibited. There are also different street performances every day on the Night Lantern Stage, as well as projection mapping displays, the Night Lantern Cafe, and more.

     

    Running: December 1, 2019 – March 31, 2020

    Location: Murasaki Mura Ryukyu Kingdom Theme Park

    Address: 1020-1 Takashiho, Yomitan, Nakagami-gun, Okinawa

    Murasaki Mura Official Website: https://murasakimura.com/

     

     

    Be part of one of Japan’s many beautiful lantern festivals this year and witness some seriously breathtaking night scenes.

  • Miyako Hotel Hakata Opens With Instagram-Worthy Pool, Michelin-Led Restaurant Menu & More

    24.September.2019 | SPOT

    Miyako Hotel Hakata will have its grand opening on September 22, 2019. To help spread word of the luxurious secrets behind its doors, an official report was released detailing everything there is for guests to look forward to.

     

    Its metropolitan exterior is inspired by the spectacular natural landscapes of Kyushu

    Miyako Hotel Hakata can be found by taking the Tsukushi Exit of Hakata Station where it stands directly in front, towering above the surrounding buildings. The basement floor of the hotel is directly connected to the station for ease of access. This floor is also home to a convenience store, restaurants and more and can be used by non-guests too.

    The building is a gorgeous eye-catching glass cube which offers an abundance of natural light during the day. At night, the hotel exterior is illuminated with 168 LED lights, giving it an metropolitan appearance. The building rooftop has a running ‘waterfall’ which is inspired by the majestic rural environments of Kyushu. Its iconic design makes it instantly-recognisable, with hopes in mind that this will make it a new landmark of Hakata.

    The lobby houses a gorgeous cafe lounge serving food and drink

    Up on the 3rd floor is the clean, bright and spacious front lobby where staff are waiting to greet guests warmly. In addition to the reception desk, there is CAFÉ EMPATHY, a cafe and lounge which can be used by both guests and non-guests. The cafe is produced by Transit General Offiice which is known for having produced the The Rail Kitchen Chikugo―a restaurant train―amongst a host of shared offices, hotels and more.

    The spectacular menu line-up includes an array of delicious drinks from herbal teas to flavoured lattes, as well as an assortment of light meals made using ingredients from around Kyushu. They also serve an original afternoon tea that’s served from 14:30. Everything on the menu is nothing short of Instagrammable and perfect for those who love to wine and dine on drinks and food that is both cute and fancy.

     

    The colourful flavoured lattes come in four flavours and can also be ordered for takeout. One of them is the Beets Latte which is a pink colour which comes from the beetroot used to make it. It has a subtle sweetness and smooth flavour.

     

    The stocked teas include those made by Paris-based tea company KUSMI TEA, such as the Anastasia which is a mix of standard black tea and citrus, as well as an array of decaffeinated fruit teas.

    Spend your time in luxury in your room

    Floors 5 through 12 are all lined with guest rooms. There are four types of rooms, all large, including Twin and Double. Each and every room has been given the same level of care and attention to create the most comfortable experience for guests.

    The Deluxe room is the perfect package if you’re looking to indulge in a little extravagance, whether as a treat to yourself or together with that special someone. The room design is stylish and simple, allowing for optimal relaxation. The bed is roomy and is ideal for watching the television or chatting.

     

    All guest rooms are also equipped with tablets from which you can control the air con, lights and so on. The TV can even tell you whether the restaurant is full or not which is a super convenient feature.

    A restaurant and bar menu created by a Michelin-starred chef & dreamy terrace pool

    On floor 13―the top floor―you will find Miyako Hotel Hakata’s must-see feature: the SOMEWHERE RESTAURANT & BAR. This all-dining restaurant’s concept is “A Beautiful Place Somewhere.” Its dinner menu was conceived by Michihoro Haruta, the chef at Crony, a Michelin 1-starred restaurant in Nishi-Azabu, Tokyo. The innovative menu is made with local ingredients from Fukuoka and across Kyushu. The wine menu was created by Kazutaka Ozawa, a sommelier at Crony. The restaurant enjoys a laid-back atmosphere that isn’t overly formal or strict, with a glass exterior including the roof, allowing diners to enjoy the romantic evening atmosphere.

     

    Breakfast is served to both guests and non-guests and is served as a western-style buffet packed full of assorted foods such as freshly-baked bread, omelette, Eggs Benedict, and more. They serve an original Japanese-style breakfast too for those who fancy Japanese food. The tall windows allow natural light to pour into the restaurant.

    Right next to the restaurant is the hotel’s very own spa, offering a natural hot spring pool, jet bath, footbath and more. As part of the hotel’s grand opening, the spa is free for all guest until March 31, 2020. The hotel offers rental swimsuits too so you can freely and easily enjoy a nighttime dip. And when night truly sets in, you can gaze an unbroken view of Hakata from the roof, and the ‘waterfall’ next to the pool will also be lit up.

     

    There’s even a special poolside menu so you can order cocktails and light food from the terrace. With everything illuminate in beautiful lighting, your cocktail in hand, you can certainly snap some Instagram-worthy shots. And if you’re looking for a warm bath, there is a large public bath and even a sauna indoors.

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