teamLab: A Forest Where Gods Live – earth music&ecology
Jul 19 - Oct 28, 2018 Mifuneyama Rakuen Takeo Hot Springs, Kyushu, Japan
The 500,000 square meter Mifuneyama Rakuen Park was created in 1845, during the end of the Edo period. Sitting on the borderline of the park is the 3,000-year-old sacred Okusu tree of Takeo Shrine, which is Japan’s 7th largest. Also in the heart of the garden is another 300-year-old sacred tree. Our forebears turned a portion of this forest, with Mifuneyama Mountain at the center, into a garden, utilizing the trees of the natural forest. The border between the garden and the wild forest is ambiguous, and when wandering through the garden, people will find themselves entering the woods and animal trails. Enshrined in the forest is the Inari Daimyojin deity surrounded by a huge natural rock formation. The cave houses Buddha Figures that are carved directly into the rock face, believed to have been carved by the great priest Gyoki 1,300 years ago.
The forest, rocks, and caves of Mifuneyama Rakuen have formed over millions of years, and for thousands of years people have sought meaning in them. The park that we know today sits on top of this history. It is the ongoing relationship between nature and humans that has made the border between the forest and garden ambiguous, keeping this cultural heritage beautiful and pleasing.
Lost in nature, where the boundaries between man-made garden and forest is unclear, we feel like we exist in a continuous, borderless relationship between nature and humans. It is for this reason that teamLab decided to create an exhibition in this vast, labyrinthine space, so that people will become lost and immersed in the exhibition and in nature.
We exist as a part of an eternal continuity of life and death, a process which has been continuing for an overwhelmingly long time. It is hard for us, however, to sense this in our everyday lives, perhaps because humans can not recognize longer time than their own life. When exploring the forest, we come to realize that the shapes of the giant rocks, the caves, and the forest that have been formed over the years, are the shapes of the long, continuous cycle of life itself.
teamLab is executing an art project called Digitized Nature, where nature becomes art. The concept of the project is that non-material digital art can turn nature into art without harming it. Using the giant rocks, caves, forests, and gardens of Mifuneyama, teamLab has created a group of continuous life installations.
Story behind earth music&ecology's contribution
We feel a conceptual affinity between “teamLab: A Forest Where Gods Live”, an art project created by a worldwide spectacle teamLab, and earth music&ecology. We will support the art collective over the long term.
- teamLab: A Forest Where Gods Live – earth music&ecology
- Jul 19, 2018 - Oct 28, 2018
- Jul 19 - Aug 14
Main gate 20:00 - 22:30
Second gate 19:00 - 22:30
Aug 15 - Sep 9
Main gate 19:30 - 22:30
Second gate 18:30 - 22:30
Sep 10 - Sep 30
Main gate 19:00 - 22:30
Second gate 18:00 - 22:30
Oct 1 - Oct 28
Main gate 18:30 - 22:30
Second gate 17:30 - 22:30
*Second gate opens 1 hour earlier than the Main gate.
*"Drawing on the Water Surface Created by the Dance of Koi and Boats" will not be available until the Second gate opens.
- Mifuneyama Rakuen
4100 Takeo, Takeo-cho, Takeo City, Saga, Japan
+81-954-23-3131 (Mifuneyama Rakuen Hotel)
- Admission Fee
- Adult: JPY 1200
Middle & High School: JPY 800
Children 12 & under: Free
[But at store]
Lawson & MINISTOP Loppi
L Code: 82825
*Tickets can be purchased at door, online, and store after Jul 19.
*Use by Oct 28
- earth music&ecology
From JR Takeo Onsen Station:
5 min by taxi
From JR Takeo Onsen Station:
8 min by bus to Mifuneyama Rakuen stop
From JR Hakata Station:
1 hr 20 min by trainFrom Nagasaki Airport:
40 min by carFrom Saga Airport:
50 min by carFrom Fukuoka Airport:
1hr 10 min by car
- Takeo Keirin 2nd Parking: 300 cars
Takeo Keirin 1st Parking: 900 cars
Other Nearby Parking: 600 spaces
*Free shuttle bus from Takeo Keirin Parking (every 15 min)
- Mifuneyama Rakuen
- Please Note
- Wheelchair & Stroller Access
The garden has natural trails that may be difficult to access with a wheelchair or stroller.
Accessible artworks include;
"Ever Blossoming Life Rock"
"Resonating Forest - Cherry Blossoms and Maple"
"Resonating Azalea Valley "
"Drawing on the Water Surface Created by the Dance of Koi and Boats – Mifuneyama Rakuen Pond "
"Flowers Bloom in an Infinite Universe inside a Teacup”
"Forest and Spiral of Resonating Lamps - one stroke"
The Organizers will not be held responsible for any injury, loss or damage to personal items.
Trash Free Park
For environmental preservation, trash cans are not provided in this park. Be prepared to take your trash home for disposal and recycling.
All parks and natural areas are strictly smoke and tobacco-free.
There are steep slopes and natural trails in this park. Visitors are advised to wear suitable clothing and footwear.
No Pets Allowed
No pets are allowed in the park. Service dogs are welcome.
Exhibition Suspended or Delayed Due to Weather
In case of strong rain and/or wind, the exhibition will be suspended. Please check the official websites for details.
Photography & Videography
Use of flash, drones and/or tripod inside the park is prohibited.
By entering this exhibition, you consent to having your image captured by official photographers and videographers. The resulting materials, including still photographs, video and audio recordings may be used by the Organizers or local promotional entities without restriction or financial compensation, in news materials, promotional materials, on the web and other properties.
"Forest and Spiral of Resonating Lamps in the Forest - One Stroke, Summer Forest"
"Forest and Spiral of Resonating Lamps in the Forest - One Stroke, Fire on Ice"
"Forest and Spiral of Resonating Lamps in the Forest - One Stroke, Ice"
These works can only be seen during the summer until the end of August.
Free Shuttle Bus to Park's Main Gate Visitors Entering from Park's Second Gate
19:00 - 23:00 (thru Sep 30)
18:15 - 23:00 (from Oct 1)
*Not available on weekdays
*Runs every 15 min
- Free round-trip shuttle bus available from Takeo Keirin Parking to park's Main Gate.
- Takeo Keirin 1st Parking opens only when Takeo Keirin 2nd Parking is full.
If visitors go directly to Takei Keirin 1st Parking, free shuttle bus may not be available yet.
- Shuttle bus does NOT stop at park's Second Gate.
- From Takeo Keirin 2nd Parking, walk 5 min.
- From Takeo Keirin 1st Parking, walk 15 min.
Free Shuttle Bus to Park's Main Gate
Visitors Entering from Park's Second Gate
teamLab (f. 2001) is an art collective, interdisciplinary group of ultratechnologists whose collaborative practice seeks to navigate the confluence of art, science, technology, design and the natural world. Various specialists such as artists, programmers, engineers, CG animators, mathematicians and architects form teamLab.teamlab.art
teamLab aims to explore a new relationship between humans and nature, and between oneself and the world through art. Digital technology has allowed art to liberate itself from the physical and transcend boundaries. teamLab sees no boundary between humans and nature, and between oneself and the world; one is in the other and the other in one. Everything exists in a long, fragile yet miraculous, borderless continuity of life.
teamLab’s works are in the permanent collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney; Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide; Asian Art Museum, San Francisco; Asia Society Museum, New York; Borusan Contemporary Art Collection, Istanbul; and National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.