Villa Paradeisos, in collaboration with the Bunka Cultural Association (Bunka is Japanese for "Culture"), organises various events during the year focusing on Culture, Beauty and Nature.
An ideal hub between Italian and Japanese culture, or more generally Western and Eastern cultures, Villa Paradeisos is working to bring the two cultures closer together through cultivating mutual Knowledge.
Thursday, May 16th, 2019
A Japanese-themed aperitif immersed in the greenery of Villa Paradeisos among palm trees, wisterias and lights...
The chef Marco Dossi will maneuver himself in the latest Japanese preparations: pokè, bao, gyoza are just some of the dishes that will be offered during the evening.
Entrance with reservation: 15 € (including cocktail and mini aperitifs)
Entrance without reservation: 17 € (including cocktail and mini aperitifs)
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The future of Villa Paradeisos
THE FUTURE HAS ALREADY BEGUN!
It has been opening to the public since October 2016: the park, the Japanese garden, the majestic rooms and the greenhouse, with guided tours for all. In doing so, the message has been that the local landscape and the beauties of nature are our shared heritage. Villa Paradeisos is demonstrating a commitment to being - for both the local public and visitors - a living example of Art, Culture and especially Nature that best characterises the identity of this unique area, which rightly aspires to become one of the very first tourist destinations in Italy.
In addition, a programme of events was launched that, from its beginnings in promoting the general Knowledge and then specific aspects of Japanese culture, has been expanding. It is now reaching out to welcome partners and guests to use this place, unique for its beauty and charm, as a venue for pursuing their goals of communication, entertainment and learning.
The weddings taking place at Villa Paradeisos have already confirmed that this is a very attractive place both for the couples and their guests. We welcome wedding groups from all over Italy and also International ones.
We regularly hold the Japanese Tea Ceremony here, and Japanese Martial Arts have been practiced as well as Shiatsu, Bonsai, Ikebana and Kokedama. We have also had numerous art exhibitions, classical music concerts, theatrical productions and shows for children.
On 30 July 2017, the Tokyo Opera Association performed in the Park here at Villa Paradeisos. In a specially-constructed theatre that played host to more than 40 singers and Japanese actors, they performed the opera Takayama Ukon, the Blessed King, or the Sword or Love. It was the first time the opera had been staged in Italy. Two days later they performed the opera in the Vatican in the presence of Pope Francis. Despite the short notice, all the seats were sold out.
Given its history and identity, with the unique attraction that is the Japanese Garden, the future of Villa Paradeisos is therefore to establish a Centre of Activities and Events based around Beauty and Nature on the one hand, and on Knowledge and Communication on the other - primarily focusing on the cultures of Japan and Italy, and the East/West mission.
Villa Paradeisos Partners
Specific partnerships are already underway where specialist synergies exist: in food, gardening, sport, training, children's entertainment, vintage artefacts, tourism, fashion and cinema. Our key partners bring a range of expertise, international reach and specialist resources.
Public sector bodies also partner with us. For example the City of Varese is patron of many initiatives staged by Villa Paradeisos as champion of Nature Urbane festival for tourism development in the area. Another partner is the Japan Consulate here in Italy.
Indeed, it is our fervent desire that the territory as a whole would reap substantial economic benefits from the work we are doing. Indeed, we are currently exploring several international projects as potential examples of innovative models where sharing, technology and excellent quality can generate tangible benefits and prove most useful to local partners and operators. The objective is always for Villa Paradeisos to maintain its role as director, hub and activator.
WHY WE BELIEVE IN THE FUTURE OF VILLA PARADEISOS
On the one hand, Villa Paradeisos has no particularly outstanding abilities in mediation, no ideological, religious or political affiliations. Nor has it large financial resources or the backing of an industrial empire.
But on the other hand, it is very strong in the three cornerstones of Knowledge, Beauty and Nature, universal and unifying languages. These form the maximum protection against misunderstanding, disharmony and conflict that can make the relations between complementary economies such as those between Western and Eastern countries complicated, inefficient and unstable.
And so far, we have received a lot of encouraging feedback both from the Japanese television media and from members of the general public that have come to know about the projects.