【 Event Report 】Roppongi Art Night 2015 in Tokyo

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By Creators’ Lounge Japan staff Tatsuki Nakata Tatsu

Hello world. This is Tatsu. Though I am not a regular, I would like to share my article on Japanese art and temporary culture.

As the Sakura blossoms fall, people begin to change their clothes to their spring collection. There are many events that start to appear during this time in Japan. Today, I would like to introduce “Roppongi Art Night 2015”.

Since 2009, “Roppongi Art Night” is the only night event that is organized by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, the Art Council Tokyo and Roppongi Art Night Executive Committee to spread Tokyo culture to the world. I guess it’s like the “Nuit Blanche” in Toronto and Montreal.

This years theme was named “Haru-wa Akebono”. Originally, this Japanese theme was partially quoted by an ancient Japanese peom called “Makurano Soushi” which describes the communications between human and nature. I think this theme really expresses the message that we should not forget our own natural sense. Nowaways, we are too carried away with contents in the social media and becuase of that, our senses are becoming lost. The term “Haru-wa Akebono” reflects the meaning of “the spring dawn is preferred anytime”.

When I enter the city of Roppongi, I could see many different types of arts. Most times I would see such arts in closed places like at a museum, so it was truly an unusual experience that I felt. A lot of the visitors themselves were very fashionable in the city of Roppongi, making it feel as though the entire city was the art itself for the “Roppongi Art Night”.

There are 2 main venues for this event which are in Roppongi Hills and Tokyo Mid-Town. Not only was it just installations of art works in the various locations, but there was also performance art works such as talk-sessions, dancing, singing, reading aloud and many more were held all at the same time. Each pieces were wonderful and beautiful. I only wished I had a body double to get to see all performances.

Each year takes place this “one night only” art festival – “Roppongi Art Night”.
I could see many visitors coming from overseas to experience this culture. It has got to be one of the fascinating art events in the world.
When you come to Japan next time, why don’t you join to experience yourself, “Roppongi Art Night”.

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皆様初めまして。CreatorのTatsuです。不定期ながら、日本のアート、テンポラリーカルチャーを紹介していきたいと思っています。

桜が散り、街が春の装いをし始める日本では毎週様々なイベントが屋外で行われている中、
今回ご紹介するのは「Roppongi Art Night 2015」です。

2009年から行われているこの「Roppongi Art Night」は東京都と東京歴史文化財団が主催で行っているイベントで東京の文化を発信することを目的とした一晩限りのアートのお祭りなんです。ToronntoやMontrealで行われているNuit Blancheみたいですよね。

「ハルはアケボノ」と名打たれた今回のイベント。本来は日本の平安時代、1000年以上前の書物、「枕草子」の一説で、人と自然との対話を表したものです。様々なコンテンツがあふれかえり、情報というもので自らの感覚、趣がかき消されてしまっている時代に、再び「春は曙、、、」=「春は明け方の方が良い」のような感覚を見失わないようにしようという思いが込められているようです。

六本木の街に入ると、いたるところに普段とは異なる、アート作品が街の中に点在していました。アート作品などは美術館のような閉ざされた空間でみる時とは異なった趣を街に訪れた人々に魅せていて、あたりを見回してみるといつもより少し着飾った人も見受けることができました。まるでイベントに参加している人々も含め街全体が1つのアートのような印象を受けることができました。

メインの会場である六本木ヒルズ、東京ミッドタウンではインスタレーション作品以外にもアーティスト同士の対談や、パフォーマンス作品などがいたるところで行われていて、そのすべてがとても魅力な作品ばかり。
すべて見ることができないことが本当に悔しいほどでした。

年々、進化していく年に一度、一晩しかないアートのお祭り。
私は初めて参加したのですが、何よりこのアートナイトの雰囲気の虜になってしまいました。海外から来ていた方も多く見ることができました。
来年日本に遊びに来る際、アートナイトに参加してみてはいかがですか?






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