On August 1st 2020 TeamLab opened a permanent digitized nature solo exhibition called Resonating Light in the Acorn Forest. It is in the Musashino Woods of Higashi Tokorozawa Park. The Higashi Tokorozawa park is located next to the much anticipated Shin Tokorozawa Sakura Town. Sakura Town has several attractions including a library and manga museum, an anime hotel and a “Cool Japan” modern shrine. The park will have a small cafe too. The cafe was supposed to open in September, but it seems the opening date has been pushed back indefinitely.
This is not Saitama’s first partnership with Team Lab. In fact, Saitama Prefecture was the very first place in the whole world to get a permanent indoor TeamLab. In the play area in the Teamlab Islands in Lalaport in Fujimi. Unfortunately, that branch closed down during and due to the pandemic. Saitama also hosted a TeamLab collaborative illumination event at the Metsa Village (Moominvalley Park) in Hanno which was extremely popular.
—This post first appeared on the events section of insaitama.com to disseminate information about the opening of Acorn Forest. It has been adapted for the main section of the blog.—
The art installation is in the Musashino Woods Park within the larger Higashi Tokorozawa park. There are two installations in total. One is the Acorn Forest or its full name “teamlab: Resonating Life in the Acorn Forest“. It uses teamlab’s trademark fluorescent color changing shapes on the forest floor to create art in nature. From the website:
“The Kadokawa Culture Museum calls the collection of oaks and other deciduous broadleaf trees of Musashino the Musashino Woods. These Musashino Woods transition through the greens of spring and summer, display beautiful autumnal leaves from fall until early winter, and are home to ripe acorns in autumn.
Deciduous broadleaf forests were widespread in Japan during the Jomon Period. These forests were home to acorn-bearing trees, and acorns were a major food source for the Jomon people. During the Jomon Period, many people existed alongside the acorn forests, living easily with this abundant food source.
teamLab’s Digitized Nature art project uses non-material digital technology to transform nature into art without having a physical impact on it. teamLab: Resonating Life in the Acorn Forest will transform the acorn forests of Musashino into an interactive art space which changes due to the presence of people.”
Source: TeamLab official English website.
The acorns / ovum are interactive – they react to touch and motion. When you touch or roll one it omits a sound that “resonates” with the surrounding acorns. Creating a ripple effect of sound reverberating in the forest. They are currently giving out gloves to that you can interact with the ovum exhibits safely during the Coronavirus outbreak.
The second of the art installations in the Musashino Woods at the Higashi Tokorozawa Park is the Resonating Trees. Or for its full name: Autonomous Resonating Life – Liquified Light Color, Sunrise and Sunset .This installation plays with lighting for a dramatic effect.
The park is open from Wednesdays to Mondays, and two Tuesdays a month. It is closed on the first, third and when applicable, fifth Tuesday of the month. It is also closed when there is heavy rain and / or strong winds. If they close the park due to bad weather and you have a pre-booked ticket for that date, you can use your ticket for up to three months after.
Initially when this Teamlab opened, there were two sessions a day. A daytime session and a night session. However, in 2021 there is only one session – the night time session. It starts at 4 pm and is open until 9 pm.
Acorn Forest Cost
When there were two sessions a day there were also two different pricing systems. Now there is just one, the more expensive one! The night time visits costs 1,000 yen for adults, 800 yen for students and 500 yen for children on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. From Friday to Sunday it costs 1200 yen for an adult, 800 yen for a student and 600 yen for a child six years old or older.
Children younger than six years old can enter for free. If you book online you can receive a 100 yen discount. Also, residents of Tokorozawa get a 200 yen discount.
One day family plan
There is so much to do in Tokorozawa. Even before Sakura Town opened the area had a lot of attractions. It is probably best known for the Seibu Leisure park which has an amusement park, snow kingdom, sporting facilities, pools and an indoor ski resort. The latter is only open from October to the end of Winter.
In Sakura town there is plenty to do and see and dozens of seasonal events. Within Kadokawa Musashino Museum, a culture museum in the town, they have various events in their gallery and event space. You can also find the anime museum in the Kadokawa museum. And there is the EJ Anime hotel within the town too.
Nearby attractions that would make a good stop include the House of Kurosuke, home to a life size Totoro. But unfortunately that is closed indefinitely due to the Coronavirus. The Totoro forests though are open and a nice place for a hike. Also, the gorgeous Tokorozawa Aviation Memorial park and the aviation museum on its grounds are also open and relatively close to the Acorn Forest. Its a really lovely park for families with a great playground.
Teamlab Acorn Forest Information
|Address:||Musashino Woods, Higashi Tokorozawa park, 3 Chome-9 Higashitokorozawawada, Tokorozawa, Saitama 359-0023|
|Phone:||The park phone number is +81429989196. No phone number is available for the TeamLab in the park.|
|Hours:||Afternoon session from noon and evening session after dusk. Outlined in detail in the main text above.|
Closed on Tuesdays and when there is heavy rain or strong wind.
|Cost:||From 500 yen. Outlined in detail in the main text above.|
Access by public transport from Higashi Tokorozawa Station. Parking available, but it is charged.
All images from the official website.