Flower photos brighten up courtyard at Matsuyama hot springs hotel

The Yomiuri Shimbun
Visitors walk in the courtyard of the Dogo Onsen Annex in Matsuyama covered with photographs by noted photographer Mika Ninagawa on Saturday.

Visitors to a hot springs hotel in Matsuyama are being treated to an exhibition of photos by well-known photographer Mika Ninagawa, whose works of colorful flowers are laid out across a courtyard.

About 230 photos of brilliant roses, dahlias and other flowers, each measuring about one square meter, cover the 300-square-meter courtyard at the Dogo Onsen Annex “Asuka-no-Yu,” presenting a much different atmosphere than usual.

Some facilities of the historic Dogo Onsen Honkan, or main building, are closed for preservation work through December 2024, so Matsuyama City came up with the plan to use art to entertain visitors.

“I could feel the overflowing energy of life and it left me refreshed,” a 47-year-old visitor said with a smile.