03 December 2006
Day off, Tokyo.
Went back to the MORI art museum design shop this morning, which is full of fantastic work by rakes of Japanese designers. After that I went on a hunt for a Louise Bourgeois sculpture that I'd seen from afar the other day. Given that its a 15 metre tall black spider, you wouldn't think that it would be that hard to spot, but the Roppongi Hills complex is laid out in a rather circuitous way, so I was all over it before finally finding the spider. Its an absolutely magnificent site, outdoors in the middle of a large pedestrian plaza. Whilst I was at it I sought out a giant rose by Isa Genzken that is just around the corner. Given how difficult public art can be (and lets face it, the vast majority of public art you see is pretty grim ) this area has done extremely well. There is a big push to make Roppongi the new cultural centre of Tokyo, which is a bit of a stretch given that 90% of the new development in this area is retail, but whoever put this whole complex together has made some bold and successful decisions.
After a further sushi binge, Bruce and I took to the streets for the evening. We went out with the video camera and tripod, shooting footage of Tokyo streets. Shinjuku Sunday night and the place was teeming with groovy young people who all looked like extras from a Tim Burton movie. We shot street traffic, high from bridges, central reservations, trains, windows it was a lot of fun and we got what I think will prove to be useful footage for some future undecided project.
Back at Bruces hotel we retired to the late bar on the roof and watched the blinking lights of Tokyo extending as far as the eye could see in all directions. City of bling, indeed.