The Edo Tokyo Light Exhibition, an “analog-digital” dimension produced by Japan Art Illumination Expo
Combine light, art, tradition and a festive mood to warm your cold winter days in Tokyo. The Edo Tokyo Light Exhibition produced by Japan Art Illumination Expo will run from December 6, 2019 to February 9, 2020 in the EDOCCO STUDIO (Edo Culture Complex) located on the grounds of the Kanda Myojin Shrine.
Art creators and traditional craft artisans have collaborated with leading-edge digital technology companies and experts to create an “analog-digital” world in a section of the Kanda Myojin Shrine, a traditional place of worship.
Kanda Myojin, said to have been established in 730, stands near the Akihabara station.
The exhibit showcases a new dimension of artistic elements. These three elements will be sure to delight.
Feature 1: Original story and charactersEnter the room and the stories in the displays will unfold. Each story will end depending on your choice so the permutations are many. The main character is Kozukenosuke Kira, a villain in “Chushingura” (The Treasury of Loyal Retainers), a famous Kabuki play based on a true event in 1701. The voice of Kira invites you into an ominous world.
The soothing sound of Edo wind chimes and the portrait of a young Kira on a glass screen await you. You can converse with Kira through his portrait, and what’s more, he even called out our names when we were there!
Feature 2: An interactive exhibit! Entertaining, out-of-the-ordinary artworkFollow the story of the Hyakki Yagyo (night parade of one hundred demons), and you will come upon a variety of artwork. Look carefully — some of them can be touched or activated.
Paper cutouts inspired by nature show intricately against the bright lights.
It’s almost like playing a video game. Click to see your ghoul of choice.
Suifu Chochin are traditional paper lanterns made in Mito City, Ibaraki Prefecture. Clap your hands and watch what happens!
Kokeshi, traditional wooden dolls originally from the Tōhoku region, are transformed into ghouls. Take a closer look. Rather cute, don’t you think?
And don’t overlook the emergency exit sign!
Feature 3: Your choice can bring the storyline to a thrilling climaxThe highlight is Aomori Nebuta Matsuri, one of Japan’s most famous festivals! The Nebuta Matsuri staged here uses high-tech lighting and sound effects, spectacularly different from the traditional one in Aomori.
You’ll meet Kira, who has been transformed into an ogre out of anger. A cast member will ask you to make a choice.
How will it end after you’ve made your choice?
With all the possible variations, you’ll want to come back to see them all!
And how will it really end? You’ll want to find out for sure. Plus, displays will change throughout the period and new artwork is scheduled to be added. All the more reason to return!
Take time for some drinks after the walkthrough at the pop-up “Akari no Craft Cocktail Bar,” open only for the duration of the art show.
The bar offers a variety of drinks, including yuzu citrus liqueur, matcha liqueur, plum wine and gin, all prepared with carefully selected Japanese ingredients.
Relax and sip a glass your favorite in the grassy artistic area, listening to the tinkle of the wind bells.
You will find artful souvenirs including stylish amulets and traditional gift items on the first floor of the Kanda Myojin Hall. There is also a café of delectable sweets.
A 5-minute walk from JR Ochanomizu and subway
A 7-minute walk from JR Akihabara, subway and the Tsukuba Express
*The information herein is as of December 2019.