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Light show and triennial on the islands: Japan is flourishing

Probably the most photographed season in Japan has already begun: the cherry blossom season. But Japan has many more program highlights in 2022. As soon as the entry rules for visitors are relaxed – entry is currently only possible for students and business travelers – it’s worth planning your trip to Japan for match the colorful calendar of art, culture and architecture.

In Switzerland they are just starting to bloom: the first cherry trees are the harbingers of spring. And in Japan, too, the season started early: the cherry blossom trees at Somei-Yoshino Shrine in Tokyo opened exactly on March 20, 2022. Their blossoms traditionally mark the beginning of the pink and white splendor across the country, which also applies to the Japanese symbolizes the transience of the good things in life. If you want to experience this sensation in the form of a romantic film from the comfort of your home, we recommend “Love Like Falling Petals” by Yoshihiro Fukagawa (on Netflix in Switzerland). True to the motto: “dream now, travel later”.

Where nature, art, architecture and worldliness merge: Setouchi Triennale 2022

This year the Setouchi Triennale will take place on three dates: in spring (14.4.-18.5.22), in summer (5.8.-4.9.22) and in autumn (29.9.-6.11.22). The peculiarity: the exhibition is located exclusively on islands and ports on the Japanese inland sea of ​​Seto and sees it as its task to give new life to the islands. During the festival, works of art by international and Japanese artists are shown, which enter into dialogue with existing architectural highlights and permanent installations. One of the most famous islands is Naoshima. Thanks to several museums of Tadao Ando – his signature is also known from his architectural works in Switzerland, including the Novartis complex in Basel – the island has become a reference point for contemporary art. Just in time for the start of the Setouchi Triennale, a new luxury ryokan is also under construction.

The land of a thousand lights: Japan in summer – and in winter

July and August are the right time for sensual summer festivals (matsuri or obon in Japanese). Light plays a special role in several ways: for example in the art paper lantern float parades in the Tohoku region in early August or at the Akita Kanto Matsuri, where young men balance lit paper lanterns with candles on high poles on the shoulders, hips or forehead. In many cities, large fireworks (Hanabi) are shown in harbors or rivers, which are popular as a social event among Japanese and visitors and are combined with picnics in the countryside. Until the end of August, a captivating lighting project will cast a spell on Tokyo: in the Mori Digital Art Museum in Odaiba, you can immerse yourself in gigantic LED projections that will take you to another supernatural world. The exhibition runs until the end of August and is considered the busiest museum in the world (measured by the number of visitors in 2019).

And even in winter, the magic of lights takes its course: thousands of LED lights enclose trees, become hanging gardens or illuminate entire amusement parks. One of Kobe’s oldest events commemorates the Great Hanshin earthquake of 1995: light installations by Japanese and Italian artists were designed in honor of the victims and attract more than three million visitors each year.

Immerse yourself in the world of “Princess Mononoke”: from November in the Ghibli theme park

The opening is scheduled for November, the Studio Ghibli Park in the former headquarters of the world exhibition in Nagoya. A large project with global appeal, its costs are estimated at around 34 billion yen (approx. CHF 262 million). Studio Ghibli stands for anime like “My Neighbor Totoro”, “Princess Mononoke” or “Spirited Away”, all export hits from creative authors Hayao Miyazaki and Isao Takahata. Anime aficionados, families, and anyone who loves theme parks will have a blast on these 500 acres. To the official website:

“Japan is blooming” – further links for a mental journey from home:

About JNTO

The Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) was founded in 1964 to promote the development of Japanese tourism. Headquartered in Yotsuya, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, JNTO is involved in a variety of business at home and abroad. The goal is to inspire international tourists from all over the world to travel to Japan. JNTO operates 24 overseas offices around the world.

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