Sapporo Art Stage Exhibition 2022 @ Hokkaido, Japan
Sapporo can get pretty cold in winter so many people prefer to walk underground to move from one place to another. Japan is a country where it can create walking underground streets to cater to tourists and citizens. These underground streets are great at avoiding traffic lights, all sorts of weather, and any crowds. During our week stay in Sapporo, we saw an exhibition during our walks. The art exhibition was free of charge and it allows people to briefly stop and enjoy the artwork on display.
In some cases, the organisers have pulled out chairs for people to sit and enjoy the final products. In other cases, you can take off your shoes and sit on the mat and enjoy the moment of looking at each creation. Behind each finished piece, there is a story. I am not an art person so the only thing I can do is try to imagine the design by reading the description. On the other hand, my kids loved it and thought everything was very creative. In their small world, artwork involves paint, paper, colour pencils. This exhibition has opened their eyes.
My favourite piece is one that looks like an astronaut. Japan is still very careful with COVID even though they have opened up to the world but virtually everyone still wears a mask everything including restaurants so the sculpture also has a mask on which shows the message that no matter who you are, the mask rule still applies. Everyone is trying to stay safe and keep healthy to the best of their ability.
Each display is in Japanese but with a Google translation, this could be understood easily. This art display definitely was a nice stop in a busy city. Although it was in the middle of the day, foot traffic was not too busy but I could imagine people would slow down during peak hours to have a look and that would break a little of that city rush during this exhibition.
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A really nice post, beautiful photos that allow you to be there with you at the exhibition.
I've always loved art exhibitions and I think cities should always offer free ones so that everyone can enjoy them.
Thanks for sharing!
This is a great plan to get outdoors and avoid the dreaded sedentary lifestyle due to the weather. It happens to me a lot in this winter season, in Europe, at least in Spain where I live, we don't have this kind of locations that are really very useful.
Even if you are not a fan of art, I think the important thing is to enjoy the pieces in our own way, some of them always transmit us something like the astronaut in your case. Each person has his own interpretation.
I had understood that even before the pandemic in Japan masks were used a lot, to avoid other diseases and also that some people used it as an accessory to their attire, was it so?
Honestly I'm thinking of moving to Japan, I really appreciate the Japanese way of doing I follow on YouTube some Italians who live there and get along very well but I think the only problem is the cost of living
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