Every summer Tokyo Midtown in Roppongi puts on a lot of special activities, this year it’s a water and lights show at nights and a place to cool your feet at day. Or you can just hang out in the garden with food and drinks. It’s been an extraordinarily hot summer here in Tokyo, not many days below 35 degrees and even the nights are unbearably hot, so these water mist fountains and streams of fresh water really helps! Tokyo Midtown is located between Roppongi station and Nogizaka station.
The last few weeks have been exceptionally rainy here in Tokyo and while passing Tokyo Midtown the other day in pouring rain I saw these decorations outside the Tokyo Midtown main tower in Roppongi. It’s a bit late to take part in the celebrations but there might still be a few events going on into late May!
In 2010 one of the foremost women’s art universities in Japan started a new program in sculpture and I think Nana Koutzuka (江塚奈々) is one of their first graduates, exhibiting this wonderful statue called Chimera (キメラ) at the National Art Center earlier in March. It’s an amazing work and I really hope to see more of her work in the future! The title of course is an allusion to the mythical beast of ancient greek legends, the Chimera, but also the same word is used in modern Japanese science to denote a creature made up of parts of different creatures, as in this mix of farmyard animals. I wonder if we will ever see a real on of these?
Visiting the Mercedes-Benz showroom in Tokyo’s Roppongi district (just opposite of Tokyo Midtown) I saw these two electric anime decorated cars! Not what you’d expect from MB perhaps, but pretty cool. I’m all for electric cars, especially in a city like Tokyo. I believe that the anime on the cars is the Madoka Magica (まどかマギカ) which seems to be everywhere right now. I don’t know anything about it but if you are a fan you might want to rush over and have a look! They have a pretty swanky cafe as well, for those who like having their coffee within arms reach of multi-million yen machinery.