|Mori Tower, Roppongi Hills, from the north.|
|The Big Spider near the front entrance to the Mori Tower|
|More spider. It is a popular meeting spot.|
|Skytree from Mori Tower|
|Tokyo Tower from Mori Tower City View.|
|Tokyo Tower closeup.|
Aida's exhibit was titled "Monument For Nothing" and covered a broad spectrum of his work. His distinctive style embodies war themes, the use of pretty young girls and even businessmen in strange compositions that are surreal critiques of society. His painting style is wonderful and many of the images were both fantastic and disturbing. For example he likes to use pretty young girls to make statements and had a massive painting that envisioned a first person shooter where the girls were hit and exploded into flowery shards and such. Another had mountains made out of dead businessmen that went off into the distance - the cost of building modern society and conformity. He was also working on a massive cardboard sculpture there too and it would look pretty impressive when it is done. It was a fun couple of hours there with plenty of visual stimulation and I can understand why some of his work is controversial after seeing it.
|Onigiri Man, his version of the thinker. Achieving zen while performing an essential biological function.|
|TV Asahi 55 Years - of course there is a gift shop!|
|Doraemon Secret Gadget Cafe and his magic door.|
|Kamen Rider Costumes|
|The Cafe / Bakery|
|Yummy Buns and Bread.|
View Shibuya Shinjuku Harajuku in a larger map
Walking a little ways west down Roppongi Dori from Roppongi Hills takes you a big intersection. Here you can find an underpass to take you across to the north side and then make your way to the National Art Center. http://www.nact.jp/english/index.html
|National Art Center|
|National Art Center - the disc out front is an giant umbrella rack area.|
|Awesome interior space with all that wavy glass facade! Nice place for a cafe.|
|Art Student Exhibit|
|Art Student Exhibit|
|Medieval Anime Style Paintings! Awesome.|
|Seven foot tall Godzilla!|
|Part of the Gunslinger Girl Manga Exhibit.|
The Grand Prize winner for Animated short film was Combustible. The animation looked like it was coming out of an Edo period scroll and was both action packed and beautiful. The film is about one of the great fires that occured in the metropolis of Edo. The film was directed by Otomo Katsuhiro who also directed Akira, Memories, and Steamboy.
There were also video presentations relating to Perfume's global debut media campaign that involved Hatsune Miku. The Perfume "Global Site Project" won the Entertainment Division Grand Prize and announced the global debut of the techno-pop group Perfume. Over 500 web projects, choreography, and animations were done with collaborators.
Finally, there was this really cool, but really strange Pendulum Choir that sang different notes as they were swung about. Pendulum Choir was a European act that won the Grand Prize for Music Performance in the
Art Division. The choir stands on tilting platforms made of hydraulic jacks and make all kinds of sound based on a choreographed computer sequence.
There were many other exhibits too including one on the giant robot Kuratas and some manga grand prize winners too.
|Kuratas Exhibit. The real robot wasn't there though. So sad....|
View Day Seven Part 2 of the travelogue here.
View the Tokyo Travelogues Master Page here.