Translated by Shinji Takaramura
Four Things to Enjoy at Tokyo Midtown in Roppongi (Part 2)
This article is the second part of the Tokyo Midtown series, which is located at Roppongi, and offers a wide variety of activities.
Written by MATCHA
So without further ado, here are the three things left to enjoy at Tokyo Midtown.
2. Shopping for Japanese Souvenirs
After enjoying a nice meal, let's go shopping for your friends and families.
The second thing to enjoy at Tokyo Midtown is shopping for miscellaneous Japanese goods and traditional craftworks, at the third floor of the Galleria building. Situated at the B1 floor of the Plaza building is MUJI, a shop that is popular even overseas.
This is Hashicho, a chopstick shop located on the third floor of the Galleria building. The chopsticks are hand-made from natural wood, covered in lacquer, and praised for their user-friendliness and beauty. Lacquer not only adds a beautiful lustre to the chopsticks, but it is also safe compared to chopsticks made using plastic or synthetic resin, and so the Japanese have used lacquer for a long time.
There is a huge number of chopsticks in the shop. They are small and lightweight, making them ideal souvenirs. More than 2,000 types of chopsticks are available, all made with different types of woods and designs, so you should be able to find the perfect pair.
This is the MUJI shop, which has a store network around the world. MUJI is full of items that adds something extra to everyday life, and this store also features kitchen items, stationary, and clothing.
Unique items such as shirts made from organic cotton and clothing dyed indigo using a traditional Japanese technique (藍染, Aizome) utilizing the Persicaria tinctoria plant, are available.
3. A Walk in "Green and Park"
After shopping, the third thing to enjoy is recharging your body in the Green and Park.
One of the things that Tokyo Midtown emphasizes is the harmony between humans and nature. Green and Park makes up 40 percent of the Midtown site, and is an oasis to many people.
About 140 cherry, camphor, and other trees, all more than 15 meters tall, remained at this site before the Midtown construction, and were all transplanted. Free Wi-Fi is available in this area, so you can check your SNS and e-mails between shopping, while standing under the lush trees.
There are benches everywhere, so it's easy to take a break after shopping.
There is also a Japanese garden, complete with a pond, trees, and rocks. This traditional garden incorporates some new ideas, such as making use of open spaces, using water to connect various places, as well as its various curved designs. The layout of the pavement, soil, space and greenery raises the concept of the Japanese garden to another level.
4. Viewing Artworks
The last thing to enjoy is the artworks. Roppongi is known as an art town, with museums such as the The National Art Center, Tokyo, in the area.
There are 19 artworks created by renowned artists in Tokyo Midtown, and viewing them is one of the treats of visiting Midtown. The following is some of our recommended works.
"Myomu" by Kan Yasuda
"Ishinki" by Kan Yasuda
"Myomu" at the Plaza entrance, and "Ishinki" at the B1 floor of the Plaza, were both created by Kan Yasuda. Mr. Yasuda studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Rome, and is famous for works made from marble and bronze. The author stated that the Myomu (bronze) located aboveground resonates with the underground Ishinki (marble), so it may be interesting to view them in that context.
"Fragment No.5" by Florian Claar
This was created by Florian Claar, a German artist. Its concept is said to be a pavillion on the Moon, and the visitors can enjoy an out-of-the-ordinary feeling, in contrast with the rest of Green and Park.
There are many things to enjoy at Tokyo Midtown, and we hope that this article can help the readers find something unique during their own visits.
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