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Roppongi Art Night 2017

All art, all night long. That’s the idea behind Roppongi Art Night, and although past years have been a bit meh, this year it was totally worth staying out late! These were my favorite bits:

The Sonic Light Bubble by Australian multimedia design studio ENESS was the best. It’s a giant inflated clear plastic piece with lights that pulsed and flickered to internally generated music.

Stills can’t really do this thing justice, so here’s a one-minute video for your mesmerizing pleasure:

Poking it was satisfying. You could clearly see the ripples where the reflections changed (although I think everyone who prodded it was sort of hoping it would affect the lights and sound)
Here’s what the LED units looked like, up close
Because fox (sorry I forgot to snap the blurb, but I think this was part of the Southeast Asian artist show at the Mori)
Eight clear pendulams swing back and forth, changing color as they reveal an invisible geometric universe in this sculpture by Ryo Kishi called “dis:play(bias)

But of course, it’s way better to see it in action:

And finally, this. (It’s called “Suit” by Makoto Egashira)

Best Xmas card ever. They were letting people dress up in the fuzzy flowered suits and join the fuzzy flowered mannequins for a group shot.

If you’d like up-to-date info, check TokyoCheapo’s Roppongi Art Night page for dates, times, and locations

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Jonelle Patrick writes novels set in Japan, produces the monthly newsletter Japanagram, and blogs at Only In Japan and The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had

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Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!

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    • I do too, when I’m in the States! The exhibits change so FAST here too – there’s always something new. I remember the first time I moved back to San Francisco, and while eagerly checked out the museum exhibits, was astounded that they were scheduled to be there for THREE MONTHS. heh. (On the other hand, I’ve also learned to remotely identify the Japanese art stuff that looks way cooler in the pictures than it will probably be in real life – there’s a LOT of that here, and for every post-worthy art thing, there are usually ten schleps to meh stuff.)

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