ROBOTS, VIDEO GAMES & GADGETS
Leading other countries with their technological advances, Japan is a great place to shop for the latest gadgets and electronics. Japan is the birthplace of PlayStation and Nintendo wii and Mario, the most recognized global mascot. Gaming fans should not miss the huge annual Tokyo Game Show. The Miraikan National Museum of Emerging Science & Innovation is a great place to see the latest technology and robot demonstrations. Miraikan
Tokyo Game Show
Japan has produced some of the most exciting contemporary architects from Tadao Ando to Shigeru Ban, and attracted many other international architects such as Herzog and de Meuron, resulting in amazingly innovative architecture throughout Japan. The shopping boulevard of Omotesando in Tokyo is a good place to see a large concentration of stunning contemporary architecture.
ART TRIANGLE ROPPONGI
With the arrival of two major museums - The National Art Center, Tokyo (opened 21 January 2007) and the Suntory Museum of Art (opened 30 March 2007) - Roppongi has become established as one of Tokyo's major cultural centres. These two new museums, along with the Mori Art Museum, have agreed to work together to further promote art appreciation - both inside their galleries and beyond. The three museums form the "Art Triangle Roppongi." Use the convenient and economical "ATRo Saving" Discount Pass to enjoy the Mori Art Museum, The National Art Center, Tokyo and Suntory Museum of Art. With its eye-catching, giant wave like glass façade, the National Art Centre by Kisho Kurokawa, should not be missed by fans of contemporary architecture.
Art Triangle Roppongi
The National Art Centre, Tokyo
Mori Art Museum
Suntory Museum of Art
21_21 DESIGN SIGHT
Japan has always been renowned for its innovative design, with a traditional approach to craft that involves incredible attention to detail making Japanese design stand out from the crowd. 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT, directed by designers Issey Miyake, Taku Satoh and Naoto Fukasawa, and designed by highly acclaimed architect Tadao Ando, is a great place to see regularly changing art and design exhibitions and events. 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT
One of the top fashion capitals of the world, with many trendy designers and a great place to pick up some bargains. From the high fashion labels of Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamoto and Rei Kawakubo to the high street brands of Muji and UNIQLO, Japanese fashion is now popular throughout the world. While in Japan check out labels popular in Japan but not yet as well known overseas, such as Onitsuka Tiger trainers, A Bathing Ape, Evisu jeans and OriginalFake.
Tokyo Fashion Week