The Oriental Park of Maulévrier: The largest Japanese garden reopens its doors this Saturday, March 12 for a new season with the first major event Hanami, during 3 weeks. This traditional Japanese festival consists in admiring the beauty of cherry blossoms, a contemplative experience among many others throughout the seasons. It is also the only time of the year when visitors are allowed to picnic in the park to fully enjoy this ephemeral and poetic spectacle.

Oriental Park of Maulévrier

Among the ten or so events that will punctuate the 2022 season, two major novelties: an Ikebana exhibition from July 15 to 17 and on November 5 and 6 “Kamiplay”, the first Cosplay in the park. As every year from May to September, the night walks offer to discover in a completely different way this remarkable garden, which receives each year more than 155 000 visitors.

At the Oriental Park of Maulévrier, the season traditionally begins with Hanami, the cherry blossom festival. The public is invited to picnic under the cherry trees, as it is done in Japan.

says Alain Caillé, the park director.

New for this new edition

The artist Etsuko Chida, koto player – a traditional Japanese instrument – will perform several times on the pier in resonance with the lake, on Sunday afternoons, March 20, 27 and April 3. This new season will also be an opportunity to offer visitors new days of activities. They will also discover the latest developments and new plantings. “More than ever, the Oriental Park of Maulévrier constitutes an experience of disorientation and tranquility. Each place in the park invites contemplation and slowing down. Each season offers its own flowers and landscapes, and each visit offers a unique atmosphere.

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The largest Japanese garden in Europe located near Cholet (49) reopens its doors on March 12. The Oriental Park of Maulévrier, it’s also four highlights in 2022 including two novelties :

  • an Ikebana exhibition in July
  • the first Cosplay in the park in November

A popular success

The park will also host the very first European professional meeting on the art of Japanese gardens in Europe, from May 30 to June 1. Night walks will be held from May to September. The Oriental Park of Maulévrier has been a real popular success in recent years, due in particular to the beauty of the landscapes and the journey offered by this garden of nearly 15 hectares, classified as remarkable, but also thanks to a rich cultural program, in which Japanese culture has a large
part. “In 2022, the largest Japanese garden in Europe will once again offer beautiful days of entertainment and discovery

In addition to this expanded cultural program, the park will host about 50 nighttime events from May to September, a unique and poetic way to discover the park in a different way. In addition to this expanded cultural program, 2022 will see the completion of the “Sunset Island” to the west of the park. A covered bridge and a wooden shelter, or azumaya, have been built to allow visitors to contemplate the natural and worked landscapes.

For the first time, a European network of Japanese gardens in Europe will be created at the Parc Oriental de Maulévrier from May 30 to June 1 during a symposium that should bring together many specialists, especially from Japan. Through workshops, conferences and thematic visits of the garden, all the participants should take advantage of this occasion to formalize the creation of a European association of Japanese gardens in Europe. From Friday, July 15 to Sunday, July 17, the park will offer an Ikebana exhibition, a traditional Japanese art based on flower arrangement and a contemporary installation within the park, made by the Senshin ikenobo school, directed by Marette Renaudin. The last edition dates back to 2014.

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Cover image of video (hq definition)Cover image of video (hq definition)Stroll in the Oriental Park of Maulévrier

10th National Bonsai Exhibition

From September 10 to 11, the largest Japanese garden in Europe will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the National Bonsai Exhibition. During this event, the guests of honor of the previous editions will be present to give conferences and demonstrations around bonsais. Finally, for the 10th anniversary, a competition will be organized with a prize-giving between 10 bonsai clubs from all over France. To close the year, the park will propose from November 5 to 6 a Cosplay weekend called “Kamiplay”. The event consists in creating and wearing the costume of your favorite Japanese manga or anime character. This moment will take place during Momijigari, which is a traditional Japanese custom of walking around to enjoy the beauty of the leaves in autumn.

About 50 poetic walks from May to September

This is a

free walk around the lake, punctuated by stories, which begins at dusk and gently distills its atmosphere, another look, other impressions. The visitor discovers during his walk tales from the Japanese tradition rewritten and recorded especially for these nocturnes. The walker goes from legend to legend, at his own pace, at his own desire, illuminated by his lantern.

The largest Japanese garden in Europe, covering nearly 15 hectares

, was

designed by Alexandre Marcel, a Parisian architect who participated in the 1900 Universal Exhibition in Paris. The Oriental Park of Maulévrier was built between 1899

and 1913. Its Japanese curves are inspired by the promenade parks of the Edo period between the 17th and 18th centuries. It was only in 1985 that the park was opened to the public after 40 years of abandonment. The park is above all a visual experience and a moment of nature offered to those who venture there. Each season poetically recounts the life of the human being, as does the circulation of water, which is oriented from east to west and symbolizes the course of the sun, from birth to eternity. There are more than 450 species of trees. Throughout the year, the park takes the visitor on a journey through its different areas such as the tea garden

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and its pagoda, the pier and the azumaya (wooden construction), the islands of paradise with the turtle island and the crane island, the meditation hill and the azalea mound typical of the Edo period, the bonsai greenhouse and finally the tea room and the store.

Oriental Park of Maulévrier pictures

Oriental Park of Maulévrier pictures