Smithsonian National Museum of Asian Art

Ay-Ō’s Happy Rainbow Hell

Immerse yourself in Japanese artist Ay-Ō’s world of sensory experience, exploration, and fun. By encompassing anything and everything within the visible light spectrum, Ay-Ō’s rainbow works are an exploration into visuality that complements his tactile works. This exhibition is not appropriate for all audiences. Parental discretion is advised.


What began with a gift in 1912 at the Tidal Basin is now a four-week extravaganza spanning Washington, DC, and neighboring communities in Maryland and Virginia. From exciting events to convenient hotels, delectable Cherry Picks restaurants, vibrant Art in Bloom installations, and a jaw-dropping City in Bloom to joyful Petal Porches, see the Washington, DC area as you can only see it once a year!

Explore the Festival's Roots

Travel to Japan is open once again, and we invite you experience and explore Japan firsthand. Learn more about the Festival partners who would love to help you plan your trip!