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Things to do / Cultural/Entertainment

The Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions 2020

Excitement is high as the clock ticks down to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, but these won't be the only extravaganzas the capital will have to offer this year, as a cultural festival featuring an assortment of showpieces that are sure to arouse the imagination kicks off this Friday.

The 15-day Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions 2020 will feature creators from more than a dozen countries and will be held chiefly at the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum in Meguro Ward.

There will be around 40 events to check out, including live performances, talks and workshops, and video installations. "Doppelganger" (2019), by Vancouver-based artist Stan Douglas, and "Dancer from the Peninsula" (2019), by Nam Hwayeon are two centerpieces of the festival that are not to be missed.

Apart from what is offered at the museum, another highlight will be "Hanabirium" at Yebisu Garden Place Central Square. The work, projected onto a dome theater, will show the 400-year-plus history of traditional Japanese fireworks and the views pyrotechnicians enjoy while launching them into the sky. (Yuki Yamauchi)

In line with the nationwide state of emergency declared on April 16, the government is strongly requesting that residents stay at home whenever possible and refrain from visiting bars, restaurants, music venues and other public spaces.