The highlight of the Tokyo Tokyo Festival is its Special 13 (organised by TMG and Arts Council Tokyo), a lineup of 13 events picked from a total of 2,436 innovative ideas submitted by creatives in and outside of Japan in February 2018. These events cover the full range of culture, from music, performing arts, dance and architecture to technology, visual arts and everything in between.
Proposals for the Special 13 were asked to be innovative and future oriented but also accessible for everyone regardless of nationality, age, gender or disabilities. Even better are those that feature the co-existence of tradition and modernity, just like Tokyo itself.
At 'The Constant Gardeners' in Ueno Park, for example, you can see traditional Japanese culture and art mix with technology. The installation by British design team Jason Bruges Studio features four robotic arms that create a massive Zen rock garden through movements resembling athletes' motions.
Throughout the day, you can admire eight different patterns, as each design is completed within an hour. 'The Constant Gardeners' kicks off in mid-July, shortly before the start of the Olympic and Paralympic Games, and runs until the beginning of September.
At 'Pavilion Tokyo 2021', on the other hand, you can explore eight completely different pavilions created by world-renowned Japanese architects and artists, including Terunobu Fujimori and Makoto Aida. The unique structures showcase futuristic architectural designs and are roughly 30 minutes’ walk from the Japan National Stadium.
See here for more information on Tokyo Tokyo Festival Special 13.