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Old 09-05-2007, 08:39 AM
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Scuplture in Tokyo/Japan

Hey all,

I am studying a semester in Japan and was wondering if there are any must sees or just some cool sculpture parks to visit while I am here.
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Old 09-05-2007, 08:12 PM
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Re: Scuplture in Tokyo/Japan

By all means, visit Kyoto and Nara (the Imperial capital until somewhere about 900 - 1000 A.D., when it was moved to Tokyo). Some of the best Zen-type gardens, with affiliated temples, are there. Here's http://www.yamasa.org/japan/english/...o/ryoanji.html a link to Ryoanji, possibly the most famous of these gardens and temples. Osaka is about a 250 mile bullet train trip from Tokyo, with Nara a tourbus ride from there.

Nara features mainly a single very old wooden, Imperial temple, but is worth a visit for at least half a day to a day. Kyoto seems to have a temple in every other block, and the exteriors, at least, are very worthwhile. Allow a day or even two at Kyoto, as there are several other temples and gardens in the same class as Ryoanji.

The Imperial Palace (now a museum) in Tokyo also is worth a visit, though I saw only the outside on my single visit. It's a walled, moated city of a sort, somewhat like very old sites in Europe, and appears beautifully planted and landscaped.

I realize all these are religious and garden sites, but they are very sculptural in feel. I found them very inspiring in terms of spatial activity.
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Old 09-14-2007, 01:50 AM
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Ya I have been in tokyo for a week now and it seems that one of the biggest influences on my ideas so far have been the furniture store. I know sounds crazy but they have some crazy awesome stuff.
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Old 09-14-2007, 07:22 PM
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Re: Scuplture in Tokyo/Japan

I didn't realize you were going so quickly. When I was in Japan for my only visit, many people at the conference said you must visit the department stores, but time was so short that's something I skipped.

Give us a travelogue, as you do various things. I think it would be fun to "look over your shoulder".
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Old 09-14-2007, 09:41 PM
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I will definably be posting some pictures of the gallery's and shows when I start going. The past few weeks have just been getting a acquainted and meeting people and going to Karaoke. The most interesting thing so far about Tokyo is how defined the districts are. Like you have one area that is all foreigners and then another area know for electronics and another one mainly for music. I just find it interesting.
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Old 09-14-2007, 11:11 PM
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Well, if you havent been already, you should definitely go to the Mori Museum, in Rippongi.
It is on the 53 and 54th floors of a modern skyscraper, with changing shows, so you never know what will be there.

http://www.mori.art.museum/eng/index.html

Then, if you have the time, I highly recommend taking the train out to see some of this guy's work- he is a crazy Japanese Art Noveau architect who changed his name to Vonjour Caux, and his stuff is unbelievable. I know some really good japanese blacksmiths who worked with him quite a bit to make the ironwork for some of his projects, which are mostly apartment buildings, and every detail is amazing.
http://www.vonjourcaux.org/

Then, there is this sculpture park, http://www.hakone-oam.or.jp/eng/
which is a couple of hours by train.

The big museums, up in Ueno Park, are all pretty interesting too- there are something like 6 of them there, along with the zoo.

I really like a couple of the specialised department stores- Tokyu Hand, which is kind of a crafts/tool store, over in the Shinjuku train station complex, and is pretty cool.
http://www.tokyu-hands.co.jp/index.htm
And, depending on what kind of art you do, you might enjoy Yuzawaya- this is a chain of GIANT craft supply stores- the one I like best is out in Kichijoji neighborhood, is something like 7 stories tall, with every kind of craft and art supply, usually very nice quality japanese stuff, too- beautifully made crochet hooks, or little brass rulers, high quality materials of all sorts, in store classes in some things.
http://www.yuzawaya.co.jp/company/brochure3.html
Kichijoji in general is kind of interesting- its a quiet, suburban Tokyo neighborhood, which means about as busy as the biggest US cities- with a nice park, with a lake in it, about a ten minute walk from the station, interesting hipster stores, and just normal japanese life. Its a few stops past Shinjuku to the west, where tourists never go.
http://www.tokyo21.info/living/inter...oji/index.html

I had a great time walking thru the kitchen supply neighborhood, Kappabashi Dori, which is near the Asakusa subway stop, which has whole stores that sell nothing but perfect plastic food, and the most amazing knife stores. Need 100,000 chopsticks- buy a bundle.
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Old 09-16-2007, 05:46 PM
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Re: Scuplture in Tokyo/Japan

Akady,

Only been to Japan once to visit family living there then over a Christmas break at school, so I never got to see much art, but the sculpture park Ries mentions in Hakone is definitely worth a trip. Figure a good part of the day. You can visit the hot spring resorts nearby when you're there.

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Old 10-25-2007, 10:32 AM
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So I went to the Sculpture park this past week, three hours by train, and well it was amazing, I saw my first moore in person amazing. Here are the pictures http://web.mac.com/ackady/Site/Pictu...ture_park.html
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