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17th Japan Media Arts Festival

Posted in National Art Center, Places by tokyobling on February 11, 2014

If you are in Tokyo and need to see something new I’d recommend visiting the annual Japan Media Arts Festival exhibition held in Roppongi’s National Art Center. This year is the 17th festival, that was started to promote outstanding works in the categories of Art, Entertainment, Animation and Manga. 4347 entries from 84 countries competed for cash prices and a chance to exhibit here in Tokyo. Naturally the entries are Japan-heavy but there are a few international entries as well. This year’s show was slightly different from last year’s, in that the exhibition room was bright and airy compared to the darker space created last year. My favorites was a little fly held aloft by sound beams and manipulated by a hand held light, the Lapillus Bug, as well as a fantastically beautiful video game, “rain“. There were lots of other cool stuff as well,too many to mention here, but the official website has a lot of info and links.

If you haven’t already seen it, the MACHINE-Z robot band was also a pretty cool entry that unfortunately failed to woo any of the resident judges.

You can see my blog post about the 16th Japan Media Arts Festival here.

















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  1. pk1154 said, on February 11, 2014 at 1:31 pm

    I played ‘rain’ this weekend. What a lovely game!

    ‘rain’ was developed out of PlayStation C.A.M.P! (Creator Audition Mash up Project!) which encourages residents of Japan to submit original, creative ideas for development into video games.


    • tokyobling said, on February 13, 2014 at 1:45 am

      I have never tried it, but just looking at the Youtube trailer was good – what a gorgeous game! I didn’t know it was part of project. Good initiative!


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