Tokyo Photo Gallery: Tokyo Midtown

Tokyo Midtown is an Artsy Multiplex in Roppongi, Tokyo

Tokyo Midtown

I’ve said it before: I kinda like Tokyo Midtown. It might be a high-end mall, any place that host both a photography gallery (Fujifilm Square) and a Tado Ando-designed exhibition space has something working right.

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Tokyo Photo Gallery: 21_21 Design Sight

Tadao Ando designed art gallery in Roppongi

21_21 Design Sight

I gotta say, I really enjoy taking my camera to 21_21 Design Sight, the Tadao Ando-designed, steel and concrete lowrise tucked into the Garden behind Tokyo Midtown in Roppongi (that’s Tokyo, if you don’t know). Despite the fact that, or maybe because, it’s off most people radar – though I think I’m starting to see some familiar Euro-hipster faces from Golden GaiContinue reading “Tokyo Photo Gallery: 21_21 Design Sight”

Tokyo Photo Walk: Tokyo Midtown

Photo Walk at Tokyo Midtown, Roppongi

Tokyo Midtown


Roppongi Hills ain’t the only premiere  multiplex in town, or even in Roppongi: Tokyo Midtown, located on the “good” side of the Overpass, has its share of cultural/commercial/residential/entertainment/etc. facilities, including no less than five art and design galleries – two of which I visit on a regular basis: Fujifilm Square and 21_21 Design Sight (sic). In fact, I checked out the newest 21_21 Design Sight exhibition, “Imagemakers”, on a recent — and rainy — Thursday. Along with some interesting and eclectic exhibitions, 21_21 has two things going for it: the Tadao Ando designed concrete exhibition space, and a camera-friendly policy. I’d post some pictures from the Imagemakers exhibition here, but I don’t wanna ruin it for others: the exhibition, or the policy…

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“Precision Machines”: Kome: the art of rice @ 21_21 Design Site


The rice stalks have risen.

They are living things.

They are precision machines.

All stand erect.

At their tips, which waited patiently in the rain,

Tiny white flowers glisten and above the quiet amber puddles reflecting the sun

Red dragonflies glide.

“The Breeze Comes Filling the Valley”, Kenji Miyazawa

Probably this head’s up is too late to do you much good, but if you happen to find yourself in Tokyo today, Sunday 15 June 2014, or better yet are already in the Roppongi area and want something to do, some place to go to get out of the heat and humidity (mushiatsui!), you could do worse than to duck into the Tadao-Ando-designed 21_21 Design Site in a corner of the park behind Tokyo Midtown. It won’t take long to tour the whole exhibit; I I was outta there in about an hour, and that was with taking a whole passel full of photos – some of which you can see below…

The exhibition is, of course, surprisingly interesting – I say “of course” because, if it were otherwise, I wouldn’t be writing about it here – and the curators are photographer-friendly, so I really enjoyed some quality shooting time with my new Olympus e-p5 and venerable Panasonic Lumix 7-14 4.0.

And 21_21 Design Site is worth visiting for its own sake, if only to relax in the cool grey, icebox-like (but suprisingly warm) interior.

Fun Facts, from the exhibition book: a typical bowl of rice holds about 3,000 grain. That’s three bundles of rice talks (so comes from three seeds).

Roppongi Photo Drift: Tokyo Midtown

cherry blossom season in Tokyo is almost two weeks later this year than last, according to JNTO’s webpage, The Bloom of Cherry Blossoms 2014. Sure enough, when I tripped down to Tokyo Midtown in Roppongi yesterday to check on the Midtown Blossom 2014, there was nary a petal to be seen – or photographed. I did, however, take a few snaps in black and white, and enjoyed being in town on a day off, so it wasn’t a waste…

Tomorrow, off to Kanazawa on the overnight bus!