teamLab: A Forest Where Gods Live - earth music&ecology
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 famous 3,000-year-old sacred Okusu tree of Takeo Shrine. Also in the heart of the garden is another 300-year-old sacred tree. Knowing the significance of this, our forebears turned a portion of this forest 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, before they know it, people will find themselves entering the woods and animal trails. Enshrined in the forest is the Inari Daimyojin deity surrounded by a collection of boulders almost supernatural in their formation. 1,300 years ago, the famous priest Gyoki came to Mifuneyama and carved 500 Arhats. Within the forest caves there are Buddha Figures that Gyoki directly carved into the rock face that still remain today.
The forest, rocks, and caves of Mifuneyama Rakuen have formed over a long time, and people in every age have sought meaning in them over the millennia. 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 are able to 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 cannot easily conceptualize time for periods longer than their own lives. There is a boundary in our understanding of the continuity of time.
When exploring the forest, the shapes of the giant rocks, caves, and the forest allow us to better perceive and understand that overwhelmingly long time over which it all was formed. These forms can transcend the boundaries of our understanding of the continuity of time.
teamLab's project, Digitized Nature, explores how nature can become art. The concept of the project is that non-material digital technology can turn nature into art without harming it.
These artworks explore how the forms of the giant rocks, caves, forests, or the garden where nature has continually existed in contact with the lives of people, make it possible to create a place where we can transcend the boundary in our understanding of the continuity of time and feel the long, long continuity of life. The works encourage once again the contemplation of the meaning of “Continuous Life” that has existed over many years in Mifuneyama.
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
- 2019.7.12(Fri) - 11.04(Mon)
- Jul 12 - Sep 12 19:00 - 22:30
Sep 13 - Oct 11 18:00 - 22:30
Oct 12 - Nov 4 17:00 - 22:30
* From 11:30 until 30 minutes before opening, the daytime exhibition "teamLab: A Forest Where Gods Live, Ruins and Heritage - THE NATURE OF TIME" is being held.
* Enter from Entrance 1. Entrance 2 is only available 90 min after the opening.
* Last entry is 30 minutes before closing.
* There are two simultaneous exhibitions at Mifuneyama Rakuen, held before and after sunset;
11:30 - SunsetDaytime Exhibition "teamLab: A Forest Where Gods Live, Ruins and Heritage - THE NATURE OF TIME"
Sunset - 22:30Nighttime Exhibition "teamLab: A Forest Where Gods Live - earth music&ecology"
* Only on the day of, a "teamLab: A Forest Where Gods Live - earth music&ecology" ticket admits entry to both exhibitions.
- วัน หยุด พักผ่อน
- Open daily
- Mifuneyama Rakuen
4100 Takeo, Takeo-cho, Takeo City, Saga, Japan
*Address in Japanese:
- Mifuneyama Rakuen
- earth music&ecology
- Saga Television Station
- Mifuneyama Rakuen
EN TEA House GENKA-TEI
EN TEA House OTORO
- Mifuneyama Rakuen Hotel
|Adults (19 and over)||Weekdays (Except Aug 13 - 16)||JPY 1,200|
|Sat, Sun, Holidays & Aug 13 - 16||JPY 1,400|
|Ages 13-18||All Days||JPY 800|
Free for 5 and under
|All Days||JPY 600|
・From JR Hakata Station:
70 min by train to JR Takeo Onsen Station. Take a taxi (5 min) or a bus (8 min) to Mifuneyama Rakuen stop.
・From JR Takeo Onsen Station:
5 min by taxi or 8 min by bus to Mifuneyama Rakuen stop.
・From Nagasaki Airport: 40 min by car
・From Saga Airport: 50 min by car
・From Fukuoka Airport: 70 min by car
・Odds Park TAKEO 2nd Parking Lot: 300 cars
・Odds Park TAKEO 1st Parking Lot: 900 cars
・Other nearby parking lots: 900 cars
* Once Odds Park TAKEO 2nd Parking Lot is full, Odds Park TAKEO 1st Parking Lot opens.
A free shuttle bus runs between Odds Park TAKEO Parking Lot and Mifuneyama Rakuen Entrance 2 on weekends.
Jul 12 - Sep 12 19:30 - 23:00
Sep 13 - Oct 11 18:30 - 23:00
Oct 12 - Nov 4 17:30 - 23:00
* Does not run on weekdays.
* Departs every 15 minutes.
* Once Odds Park TAKEO 2nd Parking Lot is full, TAKEO 1st Parking Lot opens and the shuttle starts running from TAKEO 1st.
Guests Entering through Mifuneyama Rakuen Entrance 1
・The shuttle bus does not stop at Entrance 1.
・Entrance 1 is 5 min walk from Odds Park TAKEO 2nd Parking Lot.
・Entrance 1 is 15 min walk from Odds Park TAKEO 1st Parking Lot.
Before You Visit
Entry may be restricted depending on crowds.
Due to time constraints, if the number of visitors exceeds capacity, entry may not be permitted.
Wheelchair & Stroller Access
The garden has natural trails that may be difficult to access with a wheelchair or stroller.
Accessible artworks include;
At "teamLab: A Forest Where Gods Live" exhibition:
・"Drawing on the Water Surface Created by the Dance of Koi and Boats – Mifuneyama Rakuen Pond"
・"Floating Resonating Lamps - One Stroke"
・"Resonating Forest in the Ravine"
・"Resonating Forest - Cherry Blossoms and Maple"
・"Resonating Azalea Valley "
・"Resonating Mt. Mifuneyama"
・"Ever Blossoming Life Rock"
・"Flowers Bloom in an Infinite Universe inside a Teacup”
・"Forest and Spiral of Resonating Lamps - one stroke"
At "teamLab: A Forest Where Gods Live, Ruins and Heritage" exhibition:
For details on accessible artworks, please contact Mifuneyama Rakuen Hotel (0954-23-3131).
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 available 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
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.
Art collective formed in 2001.team-lab.net
teamLab is a collective, interdisciplinary creative group that brings together professionals from various fields of practice in the digital society: artists, programmers, engineers, CG animators, mathematicians, architects, web and print graphic designers and editors. Referring to themselves as "Ultra-technologists," the group aims to go beyond the boundaries between art, science, technology and creativity, through co-creative activities.
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