Following the White Night Festivals in the rest of the world, Tokyo has celebrated the annual Roppongi Art Night on the night of 30th of September 2017.
The theme this year was “Mirai no Matsuri” (Festivals of the future) and the featured artist was the very talented Mika Ninagawa, which is known for her colorful and saturated artworks.
Luckily the weather was amazing and Roppongi was bursting with people all night long; this art celebration attracts around 1 million visitors.
Roppongi Art Night is a one-night celebration of art staged in the district of Roppongi. A diverse range of works including not only artworks but also design, music, video and performance pieces are dotted around the Roppongi neighborhood with its high concentration of retail stores and cultural institutions, creating an extraordinary experience, while proposing a lifestyle that celebrates the enjoyment of art in everyday living. Bringing art and street together as one will also enhance the image of Roppongi as a cultural hub, and offer a trailblazing example of neighborhood initiative within the vast metropolis of Tokyo. Roppongi Art Night will continue to develop as the capital’s premier art festival.
There were numerous installations throughout Roppongi but the main event was held in Roppongi Hills Arena, where “Tokyo Dochu“, a live show in the environment designed by Mika Ninagawa, featured the internet celebrity Ishoku-hada Gyaru (real name Miyako). (Bonus points for playing Ghost In the Shell music)The event was completely free to attend and it’s celebrated once a year in Roppongi.