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OUTSIDE TOKYO

‘Hung Yi: Happy Animal Party’

The Hakone Open-Air Museum

by Alisa Yamasaki

Staff Writer

This is the first solo exhibition in Japan of Taiwanese artist Hung Yi, who is known for his colorful sculptures of people and animals.

Hung’s work fills three gallery spaces with some of the pieces also on display outdoors. His animated and personified interpretations of animals are based on symbols that, in Taiwan, are traditionally believed to be lucky. He also decorates the modern sculptures with traditional Taiwanese patterns and texts that are believed to bring about good fortune.

It’s hoped that those who visit and see these creatures will go home that little bit luckier; July 27-Dec. 1

The Hakone Open-Air Museum; 0460-82-1161; 1121 Ninotaira, Hakonemachi, Ashigarashimogun, Kanagawa; Chokoku no Mori Station, Hakone Tozan Line. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. ¥1,600. www.hakone-oam.or.jp