[Hidden Wonders of Japan] ‘Umbrella Sky’ lights up Moominvalley Park


A new outdoor exhibit is gaining popularity at Moominvalley Park in Saitama Prefecture. Called “Umbrella Sky”, he paints aerial spaces in the park with colorful umbrellas.

The theme park is part of Metsä (“forest” in Finnish), a Nordic-themed entertainment complex based on characters from a series of picture books by Finnish illustrator Tove Janssen. Moominswho are white and round with large snouts that resemble a hippopotamus, are the series’ central characters.

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“Umbrella Sky” at Moominvalley Park in Saitama Prefecture on June 9. (Photo by Ikue Mio)

About 1200 umbrellas in bright colors such as red, purple and blue are lined up over a length of about 200 meters.

This is the third time the park has held this event, which takes place every year from spring through the rainy season. Janssen’s picture book, Mysterious Journey to Moominvalley with storm scenes and a rainbow reproduced by the different colored umbrellas and a few balloons, inspired the 2022 theme.

Mizuo Watanabe, who was visiting family and friends in Saitama City, said, “I saw this on Instagram. But it’s much more beautiful than I expected. I was surprised.”

The exhibition continues until July 3.

“Umbrella Sky” at Moominvalley Park in Saitama Prefecture on June 9. (Photo by Ikue Mio)

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Author: The Sankei Shimbun


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