With time running down on this Japan trip, I’m trying to make the most of the day and a half I have left. As a result, today was packed full o’ fun.
First up, was a trip to Roppongi and a visit to the Mori Art Museum where I took not one, not two, but THREE different exhibits –
There was the Cardcaptor Sakura Exhibit with original artwork, interactive rooms, and insights into the popular manga/anime series.
Then there was an exhibit profiling manga artist Fujiko Fujio’s massive body of work covering everything from slice of life to sci-fi.
Then there was the main exhibit, Catastrophe and the Power of Art, that focused on art’s place in chaotic times.
Damnit. Missed snapping a photo of the artist but I enjoyed her surreal take on the traditional family unit.
Oliver Laric’s Versions was inspired by a 2008 incident in which Iran released an official photo of a missile test depicting four missiles being launched – only to be mercilessly lampooned when it was discovered they had actually photoshopped in an extra missile. These are a few of the photos from the series in which the artist offers his own take on the incident
Ikeda Manabu’s Foretoken has become evocative of the tsunami that hit the Tohoku region.
These were just a small number of the works on exhibit ranging from the provocative to the baffling. And then there was this mesmerizing piece –
From art to curry. I caught a quick subway ride to Akihabara where I enjoyed a 5 level spice chicken katsu curry at Coco Ichi!
A little anime-themed shopping took me from Akihabara to Tokyo Station where we perused a character alley with rows of shops dedicated to some of Japan (and the world’s) most beloved characters –
My haul included a Detective Conan Black Organization t-shirt and a capybara t-shirt.
From there, I went to Omote-sando and raided Kiddyland for a bunch of Snoopy swag for sis.
Made it back to the hotel in time to change, and then head out for a kaiseki dinner at Uchiyama followed by drinks at Bar Goya in Ginza.
I’m exhausted but still have much to do – and maybe half a day to get it all done tomorrow!