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Feel the love in Ebisu

by Magdalena Osumi

Staff Writer

Writing a love letter seems like an old-school romantic idea, but it’s still one of the few times that we express ourselves with abandon. The digital world may have replaced handwritten love letters with printed ones, but the custom endures and Love Letter Project ’14 aims to bring together a modern version with the traditional.

From Aug. 2 at Yebisu Garden place in Tokyo’s Ebisu district, Japanese calligraphy and digital technology merge for an interactive animated installation involving words and phrases tumbling from above and into bursts of blooming summer flowers. Visitors’ can interact with the images or calligraphy and watch them change into letters, word-plays and other transformations.

The calligraphy was created by Japanese artist Sisyu, whose work with media-arts specialists TeamLab has reinvented the traditional art form into a digital manifestation.

If, however, visitors prefer the traditional ink-on-paper form, the first weekend of Love Letter Project ’14 has three workshops where they can learn to paint their own love letters under Sisyu’s guidance.

To see the installation, which will be on display until Aug. 17, is free of charge, while participation in a workshop costs ¥2,500 and requires reservations.

The Love Letter Project ’14 takes place from Aug. 2 to 17 at the center square in front of Yebisu Garden Place, near Ebisu Station. Workshops are on Aug. 2 and 3. For reservations and more information, call 03-5423-7111 or visit gardenplace.jp/special/1407loveletter.