Mori Building Digital Art Museum, Borderless – Tokyo, Japan.


The Mori Building Digital Art Museum, Teamlab Borderless in Odaiba, Tokyo was a place I just knew we had to visit after seeing very cool videos and photos of it on the internet. It looked like a fun and visually stimulating place to visit.

It is located in Odaiba, and to get there we took the subway, connected to the Monorail and that took us over the Rainbow Bridge, with great views of the skyline of Tokyo, to the Odaiba area.  It is very popular, so we had purchased our tickets online in advance (3,200 Yen).   But even so, we had to wait in line for about 45 minutes outside in the elements before we could get in, so you may want to be prepared for this if you go.

Rainbow Bridge

Rainbow Bridge

It really is recommended to purchase tickets in advance, the hours are 10 am until 7 pm, we got there at about 11.30 am and there was already a sign saying they were sold out for the day.

The Museum is basically a series of rooms that you move through in your own way and at your own pace.  A group of artworks that are designed to form one borderless world, the artwork moves freely out of the rooms, sometimes influencing and intermingling with each other, much of it projected onto surfaces. It’s difficult to describe, so I will let the photos I took give you an idea of some of the rooms which are constantly changing.

Floral rooms

Floral rooms.

 

Spotlight room

Spotlight room.

 

Spotlights

Spotlights.

 

Reflection in the floor

Reflection in the floor.

 

Becoming art

Becoming art.

 

Forest of Lamps

Forest of Lamps.

Lilypad room

Lily pad room.

It’s impossible to convey the mazing movement of light in these photographs.  For example, the fish swimming across all those lily pads in the photo to the right, but if you go to the Mori Digital Art Museum website, you can watch videos which help capture the feeling.

The Forest of Lamps was a very popular room, so for this there was a separate line to wait in, but well worth it in my opinion.

Towards the end you come to a more open area called the Athletic Forest, that they describe as a creative physical space that trains your special recognition ability.  All I know was that it was very cool and interactive too, and was very popular with kids and adults alike!

Athletic Forest

Athletic Forest.

There were more areas off of this main Athletic Forest room, many busy with children’s activities.  By now we had been in the Museum for over 2 hours and I have to admit that I was feeling almost too over stimulated with the all the lights and movement, so we called it a day.

However, while you are in the museum there is nothing to stop you going back and revisiting any of the rooms, and as they are always changing, you could easily spend more time visiting if you wanted to.  It’s a very cool, beautiful, and stimulating place to hang out!

One thing to note; if visiting with small children I would keep a close eye on them, I felt nervous just thinking how easily you could lose a child in all the rooms with low light and many doors.

Changing landscape

Changing landscape.

Date of visit; October 2018.

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