Something old, something new

Halloween is here, which means Tokyo Designers Week is, too. The latter is, of course, what we're particularly interested in, and since you are reading this on the day it kicks off, we forego our regular product-recommendation format and instead offer some guidance on what to look out for in the next seven days.

TDW is now in its 27th incarnation and, for the first time, it lasts a full week (Oct. 30-Nov. 5) with the majority of its activities taking place at the Meiji-Jingu Gaien grounds (which is approximately a 10-min. walk from Gaienmae Station on the Ginza Subway Line). The overall venue design this year was headed by architect Sou Fujimoto, and the slogan "Hello Design," as well as a pair of related themes — "House" and "Play" — have been chosen in the hopes of attracting a larger audience of all ages.

This year, the venue will also present "Hello Night," a series of talk shows to be held in the giant TDW dome, which can hold up to 1,200 attendees. (The ¥2,500 all-day pass comes with a coupon for a discounted evening entry of ¥1,500.)