Bask in the Cool Summer Evenings at MIDTOWN LOVES SUMMER 2019

15.May.2019 | SPOT

Tokyo Midtown is holding an event this summer titled MIDTOWN LOVES SUMMER 2019 from July 12 to August 25.

 

The concept of the event is “The Evening Cool of Japanese Summer” and will have people enjoying the warm evenings on verandas, beside the murmuring streams, and in big open environments surrounded by nature.

 

A digital art exhibition will be set up with benches for people to enjoy. This piece of modern digital art captures the cool of Japanese summer. Fog will fill the large lawn and colourful lights will illuminate the area to create a magical atmosphere.

At the outdoor ROKU MIDPARK LOUNGE you will be able to sit down at a table and enjoy the feeling of the cool air under the shade of the trees. This limited-time lounge is held annually and this year is taking place in collaboration with Japanese craft gin brand ROKU. Enjoy sipping on some special cocktails and tucking into food.

 

ASHIMIZU presented by Iyemon takes place at Midtown Garden’s small running stream where you can dip your legs into the water. This is the 10th time it has been held and has become a popular summer event.

 

The Roppongi Uchimizu Daisakusen is also making a return. This annual summer event brings in lots of people every year. Uchimizu is a Japanese pastime of sprinkling water onto the pavements, and this year it is also being held as a way to tackle Tokyo’s ‘heat island’ effect. Stored water will be used including rain water and waters from wells. Take your own bottle, fill it up and get spraying!

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    Running: Until September 5, 2021

    Location: THE SUN & THE MOON (Restaurant)

    Opening Hours: 11:00-22:00

    Official Website: http://thesun-themoon.com/

     

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    © 2021 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. SP610376

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    © 2021 SANRIO CO., LTD. APPROVAL NO. SP610376

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    Unforgettable Tower by Sebastian Masuda

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    The Beginning of Kawaii

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    The Birth of the Characters

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    Ichigo Shimbun

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    Hello Kitty: The Character Who Turned Into a Global Icon

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    A Battle Between Artists

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    14.March.2021 | SPOT

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    teamLab & TikTok, teamLab Reconnect: Art with Rinkan Sauna Roppongi

     

    “Every Life Survives in Fluctuating Space”

    teamLab Reconnect is a new art and sauna exhibition where visitors experience art in their finest mental state. At the event, visitors take alternating hot and cold baths to open their minds and experience an ever-expanding physical sensation, effectively becoming one with the art.

     

    The event will feature numerous exhibits, one which is entitled Every Life Survives in Fluctuating Space, a collaboration between TikTok and teamLab that can event be experienced at home. It makes use of the TikTok app, which is also part of the art and sauna experience at the exhibition, and so your home, or wherever you are based, can become its own art space.

     

    Every Life Survives in Fluctuating Space captures the life cycle of a flower, which grows according to the size of the space displayed through the camera on Tiktok. The size of the flowers is not predetermined; it is instead determined by the size of the space where you are. If you’re outside, the flowers can grow enormously.

     

    If you download TikTok and sign up for a new account you can get a 500 yen discount coupon for teamLab Reconnect. Visit the official website below for more details.

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