Mori Art Museum in Roppongi

Art in the sky

Perched on the 53rd floor of the Roppongi Hills Mori Tower, the Mori Art Museum celebrates its 10th anniversary with an exhibition entitled “All You Need is LOVE: From Chagall to Kusama and Hatsune Miku.” This exhibit runs until the first of September, but you’ll still be able to catch two more anniversary exhibitions carrying on until May 6, 2014.

If you are a high school or university student, I would highly suggest bringing your school I.D. so you can save some yen on your entrance fee to the museum and many others around Tokyo.

The museum ticket also grants access to the 52nd floor Tokyo City view observation deck where you can see Tokyo Tower, Tokyo Bay and Rainbow Bridge amongst the hundreds of other skyscrapers in the city. Once on the 52nd floor, you may purchase an extra pass for the 54th floor Sky Deck for ¥500 for adults and ¥300 for children.

Once you ride the escalator up to the museum’s entrance, you have the option of taking along a free audio guide. Make note that there is no photography allowed except for three installations toward the exhibit: “Love is Calling,” “Chim↑Pom” and “FINAL HOME.”

Right off the bat, the exhibit begs of its patrons the questions of what is love? What does it mean to others? Where does it come from and where can it lead to? With over 200 works, the exhibit leads you on a journey through five sections that try to answer these questions, or perhaps leave you asking more.

If you have yet to hear about Hatsune Miku—a singing voice synthesizer with a human persona—you’ll surely learn about the hype and maybe even become a super fan yourself. The 52nd floor has merchandise galore and even a café in her honor.

The exhibit totes internationally recognizable names such as Frida Kahlo and Auguste Rodin alongside daring new works. From lifelike paintings to towering sculptures, intimate photography to exploratory video—even a mixed media installation where patrons may speak into a microphone a word they think of when pondering love, and a short song is created using that word—this exhibit is not one to miss.

Museum hours are 10:00-22:00, and 10:00-17:00 on Tuesdays. Admission is ¥1,500 for adults, ¥1,000 for high school and college students and ¥500 for children ages 4 to junior high school.

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