Flowers by Naked is an interactive exhibition that surrounds you with digital and real blossoms for an immersive floral experience with distinct Japanese tints. That means an speaking bamboo forest, sakura in all shapes and forms, haiku poems, and even more sakura. Can you tell hanami season is fast approaching?
Hidden in the 5th floor of a shopping mall complex in Nihonbashi (entrance is on the 4th floor), Flowers by Naked is a carefully prepared experience that wants the visitor to use all senses. Very much in the style of TeamLab Borderless, but smaller and with a more condensed theme, this exhibition creates a floral wonderland that moves, twirls, and reacts to you. I love interactive exhibitions so I enjoyed Flowers so much!
Very focused on the sense of smell, the scents follow you throughout the exhibition making it really immersive and pleasant. This is an exhibition for the senses: from walking on petals to grabbing fragrance clouds with your hands and listening to the voices inside a bamboo stem, it really steals your attention!
The music that accompanies you while you walk around is absolutely relaxing and the whole ambiance is welcoming and magical. Flowers by Naked wants you to use all your senses but it’s not overwhelming or stressful. Quite the contrary! To me, it really was a mindfulness practice.
It’s divided in five areas, which you walk through at your own pace. Extra points for the kimono-wearing staff that guide you because I can’t have enough kimonos in my life. They just make me so happy. Everything in this exhibition is distinctly Japanese and Japan-inspired! That’s one of the reasons why I think you will enjoy it too. Even if you can’t understand the haiku poems or some of the explanations, I think you can still enjoy the exhibit a lot. That being said, don’t count on English that much, my own experience was Japanese-only mostly.
My favorite part were the sakura bubbles that fly all over the last area! When they pop you can smell the cherry blossom essence trapped inside. I loved them so much I didn’t even mind when one popped literally on my face. I also enjoyed the koi fish pond, it was so pretty.
There’s a dedicated bar in which you can buy Flowers-inspired drinks and cocktails (not included with the ticket), and an extensive merch store at the end of the exhibition.
Flowers by Naked will be open until the third of March, and you can get tickets at the door for 1600￥per person.
Open from 10:00, last admission is 19:30 but it’s open until 20:00.
Here’s the map! Closest station is Mitsukoshi-mae.
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