The 30th annual Tokyo Design Week kicked off on Saturday 24th October 2015. If you love to see new product design and art – or you simply want to experience a wonderful afternoon full of creative exhibits and shops, it’s a special event you will never forget.
Located at Meiji Jingu Gaien Mae in the heart of Tokyo, it’s easy to get to and you can buy tickets for a reasonable 3,000 yen per person. Having been to the event three times, I can assure you it is well worth it!
The event this year covered four different facets: design, art, fashion, and music – so expect to see a wide range of work from all over the world. Exhibits range from art installations you can interact with, architectural designs you can walk around, visual works using sound and light, creative musical performances, and cutting-edge product design.
One of the popular areas of the show is the container exhibits where different exhibitors use shipping containers as their presentation space. Each is usually vastly different and has its own unique creative vibe.
Exhibitors range from brands and companies presenting new products to famous designers showcasing their creative works to students and schools presenting projects they’ve been working on.
If you like shopping, there’s a market where you can buy a wide range of products handmade by creative people. You’re sure to find many items not typically found on the high street that will make you stand out.
The event is held both indoors and outdoors on the same site and there are food and drink vendors so you won’t go hungry. Held in the cool Tokyo autumn, it’s a perfect way to enjoy a day in Tokyo.
I’ve really enjoyed the last three years of the event. There really is something for everyone and I always look forward to seeing what new creativity – in such a variety of forms – will be on show!