TeamLab and TikTok’s immersive sauna exhibition in Tokyo

teamLab & TikTok, teamLab Reconnect: Art with Rinkan Sauna Roppongi Staff members walk past “Ephemeral Solidified Light,” one of the installations at teamLab and TikTok’s “Reconnect: Art with Rinkan Sauna” in Tokyo. | AFP-JIJI It’s the hottest new exhibition in town: an immersive digital art experience filled with futuristic light installations that doubles up as a sauna complex. The sweaty but spectacular art show in Tokyo, which opened Monday, allows visitors to “experience art in their finest mental state.” People must wear swimsuits but can put indoor clothing on top to enter the exhibition, which contains seven saunas of various temperatures lit up atmospherically in bold colors from magenta to deep green. After a few minutes relaxing in the heat

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Taking on Tokyo Like a Local

Midnight trains packed with spent salarymen. Tangled streets snaking through canyons of neon light. Alleys wall-to-wall with shops hawking bowls of ramen and electronic parts. And of course, the world’s busiest crossing, where pedestrians glued to their cell-phone screens fire like pinballs every time the walk signal turns green. Images like these have branded Tokyo as a concrete jungle that never sleeps. But if you get to know the city’s vast constellation of neighborhoods, a more nuanced picture comes into view. From trendy Tomigaya to local-favorite Kichijoji, many areas prove that even Tokyo has a quiet side. Here are some of the best spots to experience Tokyo like a local. A great place to start is Tomigaya. Strolling the back

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Start Planning Your Next Trip to Japan

Whether virtually strolling gardens in Kyoto or keeping a live stream of Shibuya Crossing open in a tab at all times, Japan is kinda sorta always on our minds—especially as coronavirus cases around the region wane and the prospect of travel opening up becomes more realistic. Last week, Japanese officials approved a plan to remove the coronavirus state of emergency from Tokyo and four other prefectures, allowing schools, public facilities and businesses to reopen in phases in the coming weeks while watching any signs of a resurgence of infections. So, with this good news, we have begun plotting our next adventure to the country. With the help of Tokyo-based travel photographer Andrew Faulk (andrewfaulk.com), we’ve come up with five Japanese

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2 Exhibitions Featuring Ukiyo-e Masters in Japan

Famous Ukiyo-e prints all in one location Ukiyo-e is an iconic form of Japanese art that enjoyed immense popularity among the urban populace during the Edo period (1603-1868). Its popularity eventually spread to the West, where it profoundly influenced the Impressionist painters and other artists and sparked a craze for Japanese art known as Japonisme. Today, The Great Wave Off Kanagawa by Katsushika Hokusai is among the most recognizable works of Japanese art in the world. Hokusai and Hiroshige are known for their astonishing landscape art. The famous piece “The Great Wave” is undoubtedly Hokusai’s most famous piece. Hiroshige is not as famous outside of Japan but his art is often seen in Japan. It has a distinct flair and is easily recognizable once one is

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The Blossom Hibiya blooms in Japan

Blooming in the sky of Hibiya Just in time for the change in seasons, a new high-end hotel brand springs to life from hospitality experts JR Kyushu group. With two fetching locations in Tokyo and Fukuoka, THE BLOSSOM exudes graceful elegance and cradles you in the culture of japan, creating stunning, generously sized spaces of utmost serenity. THE BLOSSOM HIBIYA In the heart of a mega-metropolis that is magnificent from above, THE BLOSSOM HIBIYA has planted the seeds to connect the world with Japan—in particular Hibiya Park, the Imperial Palace and Ginza, all of which are a short stroll away. Arrive smoothly from Haneda Airport, Narita Airport or Tokyo Station and land in this ravishing nest. In the lobby, the

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Catch Banksy in Japan in 2020

Japan’s first Banksy exhibition will be held in 2020! The UK-based anonymous artist, Banksy is famous worldwide for his graffiti street art. He has created quite a few notable artworks with dark humors by his stenciling technique, and his street art works can be spotted at numbers of locations throughout the world. Banksy and his art works have been fascinating people over the past two decades. あの “シュレッダー事件” で有名な「風船と少女」を制作した覆面アーティスト “BANKSY(バンクシー)” 。謎に包まれた作家としてのこれまでの軌跡を、バンクシー自身がプライベートコレクターに譲った珠玉のステンシルアート作品や体感型コンテンツで辿る “TOKYO初” の『BANKSY展(仮称)』が、2020年8月29日(土)~12月6日(日)まで、寺田倉庫 G1ビル(東京都品川区東品川 2-6-4)で、以降大阪巡回も開催決定! 詳細発表は2020年春を予定、乞うご期待!! Many people may remember him of the Balloon Girl Shredding incident which happened in 2018. One of Banksy’s works, Balloon Girl, was sold in an auction at Sotheby’s in London for £1.04m. However, shortly after it was sold, the canvas passed through a shredder

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Enjoying the Seedy Side of Tokyo

Welcome to Kabukicho, Shinjuku Japan has had a very large sex industry that still thrives after hundreds and hundreds of years. Very well-known among lovers of the adult genre are the (sometimes quite outrageous) porn movies made in Japan depicting unusual scenarios and stories, and prostitution is still very much present in larger metropolitan areas. Tokyo is a city of some fantastic nightlife, and the metropolis is so huge that even the most adventurous of night owls could never see absolutely everything the city has to offer for night entertainment, even if they stay for years and go out every weekend. Shinjuku in central Tokyo is considered one of the most lively hotspots for nightlife in the country with the

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