Tokyo Design Week has kicked in, with its first session ending on Oct. 31 and its second session running Nov. 2 to 7. But if the innovative products, architecture and robotics in Meiji Jingu Gaien are not enough to satiate your design curiosity, there are several free exhibitions in the city that are worth dashing to before they end in the next few days.
Japan’s cosmetic powerhouse Shiseido is hosting its second “Link of Life Exhibition“ at Hanatsubaki Hall in Ginza (until Nov. 3) and at Shiseido The Ginza (to Nov. 15), with the theme this year being “Aging? Future!” Shiseido has described this annual event as an “experiment in design” and it involves artists, scientists, researchers and corporations working together to produce unusual concepts that encourage us to re-think our ideas of beauty, art and products. Exhibits this year highlight the slow life and aging gracefully, and include a soothing vibrating tatami mat, dance choreography incorporating the aroma of fresh coffee, and a clock that slows down when you look at yourself in a compact mirror.
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