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Rakuen Keikaku x teamLab: Enjoying art at the Rakan Bath, the SAUNACHELIN winner for two consecutive years

Rakuen Keikaku x teamLab

This art exhibition at Saga Prefecture’s Mifuneyama Rakuen makes use of old ruins.
Prior to the coronavirus, it was found that art, in addition to being enjoyed for art’s sake, also contributed to the economy via domestic and inbound tourism.
Japan has innumerable locations where one can enjoy large Buddha statues, power spots, shrines, and temples.
Due to Japan’s long history, there are rich future possibilities for collaboration with contemporary art. This setup is a project of first-class quality that is in line with that trend.
The custom of opening baths at temples and other locations to the sick and poor began in the Nara period and blossomed in the Muromachi period.
The Rinkan Tea Ceremony, where tea is served to guests after they have bathed, is a tea ceremony term. When Murata Juko (1422-1502), who is considered to be the founder of the “wabi-cha” style of enjoying tea, was young, it was a common form of enjoyment where one would wash away sweat in luxuriously decorated baths before eating somen noodles and tea-tasting various kinds of matcha.
Afterward, Murata Juko met Daitokuji Temple’ Ikkyu Sojun, reached the point of “Chazen Ichimi” (meaning, “Zen and taste of tea are one and the same”), and had his eyes opened to wabi-cha.
Yoshihisa Ohara and Toshiyuki Inoko may be trying to recreate that kind of eccentricity for modern times.
◆ Exhibition contents
teamLab Ruins and Heritage: Rinkan Sauna & Tea Ceremony
1. Flowers Bombing in the Bath House Ruins
2. Megaliths in the Bath House Ruins
3. Butterflies Dancing in the Depths of the Underground Ruins, Transcending Space
4. Forest and Spiral of Resonating Lamps – one stroke

You can see this art alone, but I also want you to enjoy the Rakan Bath (“Rakan no Yu”), which has placed first at SAUNACHELIN for two consecutive years.