“SETSUDO” – The Snow Caverns at Niseko Village!

January 30, 2012

Internationally renowned installation artist, Hirohiko Takenaka created the unique snow art installation "SETSUDO" at Niseko Village Snow Park next to Hilton Niseko Village. Starting from early December, Hirohiko Takenaka and 5 members spent a month creating the snow construct.  "SETSUDO" features water droplet-shaped dome caverns and interconnecting tunnels forming a colony. At night, six meter high and ten meter wide snow caverns are decorated with lights and candles and create fantastic scenery in Niseko's clear sky.

I spoke with the artist, Hirohiko Takenaka to find out what this installation means to him.

"SETSUDO" is a space for communication.  By making the paths narrow and the spaces very small, it requires you to walk with your hands and knees down on the ground.  We will see the world from the eye level of a child, something many of us have forgotten.  Inside "SETSUDO", you can interact with others, perhaps having a conversation when you pass each other and appreciate the simple things that we all tend to forget while living a busy lifestyle.  "SETSUDO" can be enjoyed by both children and adults alike, with many youngsters wishing to return every day.  Not only for children, I am sure that "SETSUDO" will provide a memorable snow experience inspiring the child within all of us."

Naoko Tokunaga, Assistant Marketing Communications Manager, Hilton Niseko Village is a three year Hilton Team Member.

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