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Sunday, November 18, 2007

100% Design Tokyo

Day 1
Hong Kong > Narita Airport > Shinjuku > "Water" @ 21_21 Design Sight > Tokyo Midtown > "coats! MaxMara, 55 Years of Italian Fashion" @ Mori Art Museum > Tokyo City View, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower > Tsutaya Tokyo Roppongi > Foo:DMagazine > Shinjuku

Arrived at 2:30pm, I got a suica card and took the NEX to Shinjuku. After checking in the hotel, I started my journey at 21_21 Design Sight. Directed by Taku Satoh, "water" exhibition lets you experience water in molecular form. It turns out 'water molecules don't do solitude. they live to flirt'. Leaving Tokyo Midtown, I went to Mori Art Museum. The museum is now showing the work of 36 japanese contemporary artists. On the observation deck of Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, it gives you a magnificant view of Tokyo. Before going back to the hotel, I dropped by the TSUTAYA bookstore and grabbed something to eat at foo:dmagazine.

Day 2
Shinjuku > Philadelphia! Masterpieces from the Philadelphia Museum of Art @ Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum > Edvard Munch, The Decorative Projects @ The National Museum of Westerm Art > Marc Chagall "Colorful Fantasy" @ The Ueno Royal Museum > International Library of Children's Literature > Tokyo Design Centre > Shibuya > Shijuku

What's better than beginning a brand new day with a coffee and a muffin. With my full stomach, I got on JR train to Ueno. Tokyo National Museum, Orient Museum, National Science Museum, Shitamachi Museum, the National Museum for Western Art, Tokyo Metropolitan Fine Art Gallery and International Library of Children's Literature can all be found at Ueno. Chairs inside the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum are in bold red, orange, blue and green, very Dick Bruna. Looking at the portriat of Amedeo Modigliani, you just can't help leaning your head the whole time.

This year is the 120th anniversary of the birth of Marc Chagall. It's such a bliss to look at his paintings. They are full of fantasy, love and happiness.

The International Library of Children's Literature is like a candy shop. Thousands of beautiful children's books from all over the world are right there for you to read and touch. The library was built in 1906 and redesinged by Tadao Ando in 2002.

Day 3
Shinjuku > Kichijoji > Shibuya > Shijuku

Day 4
Shinjuku > Kinokuniya Bookstore > Actus Interior > InTheRoom > Narita Airport > Hong Kong