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Roppongi Tokyo Mori Art Museum

Just a five minute walk from the Roppongi Metro station lies the consumer heaven of Roppongi Hills. Here there are plenty of luxurious shops, a cinema, a variety of cuisine from around the world, as well as seasonal events such as film festivals and Christmas markets. One major cultural feature of the complex is the Mori Art Museum.

On the 52nd floor of the famous 54 floor Mori Tower lies of of Tokyo’s more recent but influential contemporary art museums. Featuring mostly Asian artists, and themed galleries, the Mori Art Museum provides any art lover with an open area to appreciate well developed and thoughtful exhibitions. The Museum has featured many influential artists such as Ai Wei Wei and Tokujin Yoshioka, as well as cultural phenomenons such as Tim Burton.

Normally with several rotating exhibitions going on at a time, as well as a beautiful city view, design shop, and themed cafe, there is always something interesting to see in this museum.

Takashi Murakami: The 500 Arhats

murakami mori museum roppongi

A heavily anticipated exhibition which begins October 31st is one of the well known Japanese artist Takashi Murakami. Takashi Murakami is a heavily influential artist who is famous for his ‘superflat’ movement.

Even if someone has not heard of the name they have inevitably seen his work, he has created music videos for artists such as Pharell Williams and Kanye West, and even a handbag collaboration with Louise Vuitton. Murakami’s colorful, fun work painted in traditional Japanese styles and incorporated computer technology will definitely be something to enjoy around the Roppongi area.

The museum also has a city view, from such a high tower in the Roppongi area the view itself is one of the better ones in Tokyo, as well as a restaurant which featured themed meals for the exhibitions and seasons.

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