Month: February 2013

Melbourne Transformed in Stunning White Night

White Night MelbourneWhite Night Melbourne transformed Australia’s second largest city overnight as a crowd of more than 100,000 gathered to mark White Night Melbourne.
White Night Melbourne is part of a global movement that aims to make art accessible to a large audience by using public spaces. Kyoto is among 23 cities across the globe that celebrate a White Night, with the concept having begun in Paris in 2002.
Melbourne is the first Australian city to hold a White Night, with events running from 7 p.m on Feb. 23 through to 7 a.m. on Feb. 24.

キレイな「ホワイト・ナイト」でメルボルンが変身する 
 オーストラリア2番目人口が多い都市であるメルボルンでは夕べ「ホワイト・ナイト・メルボルン」を開催し、約10万人が同市中心部に集まり、祝った。
 「ホワイト・ナイト」は世界各地で行っている運動であり、目的が公所の場を使ってできるだけ多くの人がアートやパフォーマンスを楽しむ。2002年パリで始まり、今京都を含めて世界中に23都市で行っている。
 メルボルンはオーストラリアで「ホワイト・ナイト」を開催したのが初めて、各イベントが23日の午後7時で開始24日午前7時まで続いた。

Harbor City Coathangered! Sydney Opera House Among World Heritage List’s ‘Three Great Disappointments’

Sydney Lights - AustraliaSydney Opera House is undoubtedly a symbol of Australia around the world, but is regarded by many Japanese as one of the “Three Great Disappointments” among World Heritage Listed sites, according to Japanese AllAbout.com.
It’s been common for centuries for the Japanese to rank lots of tourism-related sites — look at Katsushika Hokusai‘s famous Unfortunately for Australia’s Harbor City, the Sydney Opera House is generally regarded as one of the most disappointing World Heritage Sites, joining other disappointments such as the Eiffel Tower (Tokyo has a bigger replica of its own) and Mannekin Pis (which Tokyo also has its own version of).
Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji as an example — and there are literally hundreds of sites within and outside the country that the order-obsessed have graded, particularly in terms of Top Three lists.

It’s unlikely disappointment with the Opera House is connected with the drastic drop in Japanese tourist numbers to Australia, which have more than halved in the decade since 2003, and many critics acknowledge that the symbol of Australia’s biggest city located on Bennelong Point is delightful when viewed from a distance, especially when the view encompasses the Coathanger, the Sydney Harbour Bridge, another icon of the city.
Just in case anybody gets their nose out of joint at the “best seen from a distance” complaint about Sydney Opera House from among many Japanese, it’s worth noting that an identical sentiment is almost universal regarding Mount Fuji, a sacred and highly revered site, which should put the view into, er, perspective.