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Tokyo’s artistic nightlife: A Night Art Stroll at “Roppongi Art Night 2019”

“Roppongi Art Night” is an art event that takes place once a year. During this event, the whole Roppongi neighborhood in Tokyo turns into an art playground for one night. In my last article, I talked about the highlights of “Roppongi Art Night” and the artists’ works I was looking forward to seeing there. However, since the event is over now, let me show you some pictures and impressions of the event to prepare you for next year’s event!

Roppongi Art Night 2019

Roppongi Art Night 2019

This year’s “Roppongi Art Night” was held on the weekend from May 25 to May 26. It was an unusually warm weekend with the perfect temperature to spend the night outside. You didn’t even need a coat!

Roppongi Art Night 2019

The Tourism Ambassadors of Minato City in Tokyo getting ready for a night full of art and fun: Marei, Yena and Kitsukou

Roppongi Art Night 2019

The free pamphlet (available at stations etc.) is a helpful orientation

I have visited Roppongi Art Night for four consecutive years. Every time was great and special in its own way. However, this year there were even more visitors – also a lot of foreigners.

RedBall

“RedBall” at Roppongi Hills. This is a traveling public art piece by American artist Kurt Perschke

My friends and I started our trip at the Roppongi Hills area (West Walk, Roppongi Hills Arena, Mori Garden). Right behind Louise Bourgeois’s famous sculpture, “Maman”, you could watch a performance using a big screen with light, shadows, a dance performance combined with projected images.

"Maman"

“Maman”, another spider themed sound installation and a shadow dance performance

A spectacular performance could also be seen in at “Roppongi Arena”. I guess, at least a thousand people were watching. The show was a combination of the artwork of this year’s main artist, Choi Jeong Hwa from Korea, with a huge puppet show with music and dance by a Spanish art team.

“Fruit Tree”

“Fruit Tree” by Choi Jeong Hwa paired with the show “The Sound of Giants Toys” by Oreka TX

Art is in the air

Walking from Roppongi Hills to Tokyo Midtown – another area with a lot of artworks and installations – I realized that there were even more art installations in the streets outside than in other years. They even had an installation made mainly for children, which was really nice.

Art Night

A beautiful wooden installation for kids

Since they had something for every taste and age, maybe the hidden topic of this year’s event might have been “diversity”.

Garden Cinema

The lawn area behind Tokyo Midtown is usually used as the stage for one of the main events each year, but this year they had no installation, but a movie screening. The movie shown was by graffiti artist Banksy. Recently, there are rumors that some graffiti works in Tokyo might actually be Banksy’s works. Naturally, he was in the news a lot. This and the fact that the weather was perfect might have been the reason why the lawn was packed with people enjoying the movie.

Tokyo Midtown

An open-air screening of an art movie at Tokyo Midtown

As for me, I would have loved to see a huge installation – but the movie also looked fun.

Young creators

Roppongi Art Night 2019

Young artists performing live, and a big installation by Choi Jeong Hwa

All in all, the variety of different artworks this year was great! Screenings of young and well-established directors, performances by foreign and Japanese artists, interactive artworks and special installations for children. It was a wonderful night and the event was even more diverse than last year!

Roppongi Art Night 2019

Chuang Chih-Wei, “Rainbow in the Darkness”

Roppongi Art Night

Hiroyasu Shimo, “Entangled” – my personal favorite

Without a doubt, I will visit next year’s Roppongi Art Night, too. How about you? Why don’t you plan your next trip to Japan around this wonderful event and enjoy a night art stroll through Roppongi?

Roppongi Art Night 2019

Hiroyasu Shimo, “Entangled” at another location


Roppongi Art Night 2019

May 25-26, 2019
Nearest stations: Roppongi Station, Nogizaka Station
HP: http://www.roppongiartnight.com/2019/english/

Past articles on Roppongi Art Night:

2019: When the whole district turns into an art museum for a night – Roppongi Art Night 2019
2018: An Art Festival in Tokyo – a city that never sleeps: “Roppongi Art Night 2018”
2017: When the city becomes an art playground – Roppongi Art Night 2017
2016: All-night art event in the city that never sleeps

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I was born and raised in Kiel/Germany. When I was 16 I came to Japan for the first time. I fell in love with this beautiful country, so I returned after my university graduation. Since then, I have been living in Tokyo - and I don't plan to change anything about that ;-) My hobbies are taking a stroll around the city, taking photos and drinking coffee.

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