Sunday, December 26, 2010

Culture on Culture Day

On 3rd of November was National Culture Day. So we decided to do some culture activities and see the Tokyo Jidai Festival in Asakusa.
Asakusa is a district in Taito, Tokyo. It is famous for the Sensoo-ji Buddhist temple with its giant choochin (paper latern) at the main gate. On this day, Sensoo-ji was the showplace for the Jidai Festival.
The Tokyo Jidai Festival is a parade of people in samurai armour and other historical costumes, representing more than 1000 years of Japanese history. The parade started at 1:30 and ended at 4 o’clock pm. It was commented, but only in Japanese.

Tokyo Jidai Festival 2009 on YES! Tokyo


In the evening, we went to the exhibition “The Definiton of Self” in the 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT exhibition hall.
It was open the last day and well visited. We had to wait a little more than one hour. It was an interactive exhibition. Unfortunately, I was not allowed to take pictures from the inside.
At the beginning, your weight, height and iris were recorded. These data were used later to find you out of the mass of other visitors. Furthermore you could interact with some devices to “define yourself”. For example, in one installation your shadow was projected on a screen. A computer calculated your circumference and you could drive along your circumference by pulling a rope.So your Self was defined as the length of your circumference. Mine was 6.79 meters.
The exhibition was interesting, but actually it was not worth to wait more than one hour and pay 800 Y for it. However, there are a lot of interesting exhibitions in 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT so maybe I will go there again, sometime.

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