Making Japan’s heritage accessible without spoiling it; NAOKO KUBOTA, FUMIE IWAMOTO & YUKI MURAKAMI; Nikkei Asian Review

Japan – Historic Monuments of Ancient Kyoto (Kyoto, Uji and Otsu Cities)

TOKYO — One of Japan’s ancient treasures is playing host to some of Asia’s most modern art creations.

Nijo Castle, built in 1679 as the Kyoto residence of the Tokugawa shoguns, is hosting the Asia Corridor Contemporary Art Exhibition, which features 25 artists from Japan, China and South Korea.

A colorful balloon artwork by South Korean artist Choi Jeonghwa, which depicts huge carrots, pumpkins and bananas, occupies the courtyard once used as a palace kitchen.

“It is a stunning juxtaposition of the past and the present,” a couple from Spain exclaimed. The exhibition runs through Oct. 15, and it is the first time the UNESCO World Heritage Site has hosted such an event.

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