Consistent, trendsetting creative output has led to Tokyo establishing itself as one of the world’s leading innovative cities. According to a study by Adobe, Tokyo is home to 12 times more creatives than any other Japanese city (LINK). The Japanese capital has also benefited from a rise in communal working spaces, allowing the city’s innovators to create, share and collaborate in an increasing number of environments. In short, Tokyo’s creative scene is thriving.
Designart Tokyo is an annual festival which aims to exhibit creative talent from both Japan and overseas. From design and architecture to music, technology and even cuisine, the event is growing more popular by the year and is securing Tokyo’s status as a multicultural creative hub. Designart Tokyo takes place in October and is sandwiched in between Tokyo Fashion Week and the Tokyo Motor Show, so if you’re looking to enjoy the latest and most cutting-edge creative output that Japan has to offer, there’s no better time to visit.
For people on the lookout for creative inspiration, visiting Tokyo is a no-brainer. The city is a perfect fusion of the historical and the advanced – where shrines and temples meet neon lights and state-of-the-art tech. The urban landscape of Tokyo is a maze to manoeuvre through, which is all part of the fun. And once you’ve found your bearings, you can start to enjoy the city’s creative offerings.
If you’re looking for something that completely encapsulates Tokyo’s techy reputation, there are a number of virtual reality experiences dotted around the city, such as VR Ninja Dojo. Opened in March 2019, the attraction teaches visitors real-world ninja training before placing them in a virtual environment to test their newfound skills. Those interested in more serene forms of creative output might want to check out the Ota Memorial Museum of Art, which houses one of the world’s largest collections of Ukiyo-e (a form of Japanese art involving woodblock printing).
3 places to find creative inspiration in Tokyo: Designart Festival (18th-27th October 2019), VR Ninja Dojo, Ota Memorial Museum of Art