Here are five things you could do in Tokyo this weekend if you’re really, really careful. If you’re elsewhere in Japan, sorry, it’s three things:
- It’s the hottest new exhibition in town: an immersive digital art experience filled with futuristic light installations that doubles up as a sauna complex. “Reconnect: Art with Rinkan Sauna,” is the latest offering from Japanese art collective teamLab, which collaborated with video app TikTok on the project.
- Several artists and curators are taking this moment to examine the present through the lens of the past in shows across Tokyo, notes John L. Tran. Whether it’s looking back to the Tokyo sarin attack and Hanshin quake of 1995, Stanley Kubrick’s “2001” film or juxtaposing photography from 2000 with new-normal snaps, there’s probably something here to float your boat.
- Hideaki Anno’s fourth and final film in his retelling of “Neon Genesis Evangelion” is a visual spectacle as well as a moving story about overcoming personal demons, writes Matt Schley. “Evangelion: 3.0+1.0 Thrice Upon a Time” is Anno’s third go at bringing the series to a close, but now, advances in computer animation allow him to take the experience to a new level.
- Every morning at 9 a.m., the garrisons from two towns on opposite sides of a river gather on the banks and start shooting at each other. Nobody remembers what they’re fighting for, but it’s all very civilized, writes James Hadfield. Welcome to Akira Ikeda’s absurdist drama “The Blue Danube,” which mines a rich seam of humor out of tragedy and boredom.
- The intriguingly titled “Kiba: The Fangs of Fiction” offers more war, but this time between editors of middling magazines who go to battle over writers and readership. Director Daihachi Yoshida views his principals with the merciless eye of a caricaturist while presenting them in the round, mixing the good in with the bad, writes Mark Schilling.