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UNIQUE CULTURAL EXPERIENCES

Edo Kiriko
Tokyo is a fascinating megalopolis which is much ahead of its time with its eyes set to the future in terms of technology and trends. But it is also Tokyo’s ability to always appreciate its customs of the past and its ability to preserve their tradition and culture, which is one of the main reasons Japan receives a huge number of tourists every year.

Candies & glassware– A feast for taste buds and eyes

Amezaiku
Japanese crafts such asAmezaikuandEdo Kirikoallow you to observe and experience the delicate and intricate handicrafts unique to Japanese people. Both are easily accessible as they can be enjoyed near the tourist attraction ofTokyo Skytree.
Amezaiku is a traditional Japanese craft that beautifully shapes candy that is softened by heating it to about 90 °C using bare hands and a pair of scissors. The candy has the property of softening when heated and hardens when cooled. Therefore, it is necessary to finish the modeling within a few minutes after removing the candy from the pot. In that short time, the craftsmen create works such as artistic and beautiful "fish" with remarkable skill.
Edo Kiriko, one of Tokyo's traditional crafts that has continued from the Edo period to the present, is made by layering colored glass with beautiful indigo and crimson colors, and carving a unique pattern that is said to have more than 15 types. Each pattern has its own meaning, and the typical "fish crest" is named after the roe lined up closely, and has the meaning of prosperity of descendants.
In the Edo Kiriko workshop, you can work with the same tools actually used by craftsmen. It will be a special moment where you can experience the technology from the Edo period.

Mingle with the wrestlers

Sumo wrestlers
The history of sumo often merges with the origins of Japan. A national but world-famous sport, sumo is steeped in almost ancestral traditions but has nevertheless continued to evolve over the centuries.
It was only around the 17th century that sumo tournaments aimed to entertain the Japanese upper class, hence the birth of the Japan Sumo Association. Professional sumo can trace its origins to the Edo Period in Japan as a form of sports entertainment. The wrestlers were probably of samurai origin, often ronin (a samurai without a master), who needed to find an alternative form of income.
If you are traveling to Tokyo during the offseason, it is possible to take a guided tour of the 12-15 sumo stables in theRyogoku area, which are located a few blocks from each other. Visitors can not only watch a morning training session but also interact with the wrestlers including eating "chankonabe", a typical Japanese hot pot with them. It is a unique experience that you will not find anywhere else in the world. You will certainly feel more passionate when cheering for the wrestlers after visiting the sumo stable and getting more familiarized with the world of sumo.
Tickets are available about a month before eachtournament. Make sure you visit the Sumo Museum attached to the stadium as well as Ryogoku Edo Noren to learn more about the history of sumo before the matches. If you do not speak Japanese, do not worry. English audio commentary headsets are available to rent in the stadium so you will not miss anything!
Sumo stable

Stroll like a Japanese

Nakamise Shopping Avenune
A type of Japanese folk costume kimono, worn in the summer, is called a yukata. Traditionally, the Japanese yukata were made from indigo cotton. The natural plant dye has a number of almost magical but widely recognized anti-bacterial and anti-fouling properties, making it an indispensable tool for both the everyday Japanese worker and the samurai warrior class in the past as well as the Japanese of modern times.
TheAsakusaarea andShibamata areaare highly recommended spots for strolling with yukata. There are many rental shops around the station and you can enjoy the atmosphere of Japan that suits it.
In the Asakusa area, there areSensoji Temple, the oldest temple in Tokyo,Kaminarimon Gatewith a big red lantern that is a symbol of Asakusa,Nakamise Shopping Avenunewhich is said to be one of the oldest shopping streets in Japan. Getting a commemorative photo with a yukata, you will be able to take home a pleasant memory that is typical of Japan. The Shibamata area has many long-established stores that have been in business for over 100 years, and you can enjoy the important cultural landscape of the country. There are plenty of Japanese sweets such as grass dumplings, sweets, rice crackers, and monaka, that you will be able to enjoy every time you take a break.
Recently, yukata rental is very popular among young Japanese women, and especially in Tokyo, there are many yukatas with modern pop designs including traditional patterns, giving you a great variety to choose from.

A unique experience filled with emotion

MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM
You cannot visit Tokyo and miss out on its prowess with modern technology.
“Immersive experience” is a concept that has invaded the world of art which swears only by the futuristic magic of video mapping, digital design and virtual reality to transport the viewer elsewhere, diving into the heart of a dazzling phenomenon.
The Japanese collective TeamLab, is made up of 3D animators, programmers and engineers whose goal is to explore the relationship between man and nature through art and technology. This interdisciplinary group navigates the border between the arts, sciences, technology and design.
MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM, showcase of the creations of the Teamlab collective. TeamLab Borderless, with its own exhibition space and the world's first digital art museum, was inaugurated on June 21, 2018, in Odaiba, Tokyo, in an area of 10,000m², several installations of the collective are deployed there permanently such as the spectacular forest of Murano lamps, "Forest of Resonating Lamps - One Stroke".
Why should you not miss it? The immersive aspect, whether visual or auditory, is striking! You will be totally carried away by the whirlwind of colors and patterns that spout out around you! We recommend that you take the time to sit down in one of the rooms and admire the blooming of flowers and the parade of the many characters in front of you!
Located directly above Shibuya Station, a new iconic 47-story building, the Shibuya Sky, which opened last November in 2019. It is Shibuya's highest vantage point, rising approximately 230m above the ground, offering a 360° unobstructed view of Tokyo's most famous landmarks.
Shibuya Sky is a special place that reminds us of the unique experience that Tokyo offers and that Tokyo is a city where tradition and innovation are fused in perfect harmony.
Shibuya Sky
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