Department stores (デパート, depato) are bastions of several aspects of cultural conservatism in Japan. They are simultaneously highly grounded in traditional Japanese gift culture and supported by boundless consumption through capitalism. These spaces are ecosystems of their own; perfectly regulated temperatures, humidity and light levels, in which food, clothes, furniture are omnipresent, as if they were unlimited resources. The project exploits the inherent qualities of Japan’s department store and the Hanami ( 花見), emblem of Japan’s celebration of nature and ephemerality, to create an Infinite Spring.
24 growth boxes allow for 24 Sakura trees; each one being carefully set through artificial lighting and temperature to bloom on a perfect yearly sequence. This would allow for the visitors of the Depato to experience traditional Hanami (花見), eat and drink sake under a spring blooming tree at any desired moment. Sadly, making of spring just another plain commodity.