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Amazing Digital Art Museum 'teamLab Borderless' Opens in Tokyo!

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Amazing Digital Art Museum 'teamLab Borderless' Opens in Tokyo!

 

 
 
'teamLab', a well-known creative group that combines art with technology, has inaugurated their own museum. The MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM: teamLab Borderless opened in June 2018 in Odaiba, Tokyo.
 
Universe of Water Particles on a Rock where People Gather
Artwork: Universe of Water Particles on a Rock where People Gather

It is a standing style exhibition - a first for teamLab - and it already became Tokyo's new hot destination. Here you can experience art together with the latest digital technology. Join DiGJAPAN! For a tour of this amazing museum!
 
Animals of Flowers, Symbiotic
Artwork: Animals of Flowers, Symbiotic
 

Experience teamLab's Art at This Interactive Museum

The word 'museum' might make you think of quiet galleries with pictures hanging on the walls, but teamLab Borderless offers an experience that's unique in the world. Boasting some 50 installations in a space of 10,000 square meters, this is an exhibition that you can truly experience with your mind and body. 
 
teamLab Broderless

teamLab Borderless is composed of five worlds featuring distinct characteristics. Unlike a normal museum, there are no maps or directions. The visitor can truly explore the place at their own pace. Many surprises await you inside the museum!
 
Born From the Darkness a Loving, and Beautiful World
Artwork: Born From the Darkness a Loving, and Beautiful World
 

1. Borderless World: Artworks That Have No Boundaries

The first space you'll find yourself wandering through is called Borderless World. Each artwork here is not static, but changes with the passage of time. You might also see pieces of an installation wander out of their own room and mingle with the ones in the next room creating a completely new work of art. It's a kind of experience never seen before.
 
Borderless World:  Flower Forest, Lost, Immersed and Reborn
 Artwork: Flower Forest, Lost,Immersed and Reborn

The spring flowers bloom and wither changing into yellow summer colors. These artworks are not only beautiful, they also convey a connection with nature and the changing of the seasons.
 

teamLab Flower Forest

Artwork: Flower Forest, Lost,Immersed and Reborn

teamLab Memory of Topography

Artwork: Memory of Topography
Other than interacting with each other the installations also interact with the visitor. Touching the flowers might make them bloom or do other things. The possibilities are endless.
Interacting with the artworks leads to a self-discovery that makes the experience all the more special.
 
teamLab Flutter of Butterflies Beyond Borders in the Crystal World
Artwork: Flutter of Butterflies Beyond Borders in the Crystal World
  

2. Athletics Forest: teamLab's Creative Physical Space

The Athletics Forest is a place that you get to experience with your whole body. The concept is understanding the world through the body and thinking of the world three-dimensionally. According to teamLab, this three-dimensional space trains your spatial recognition ability by promoting the growth of the hippocampus of the brain.
 
Multi Jumping Universe teamLab
Artwork: Multi Jumping Universe

Experiences here include the Multi Jumping Universe where you get to jump on a flexible surface in a galaxy-like environment, and the Light Forest Three-dimensional Bouldering where you can actually climb on a 3D forest of lights. Depending on the number of people participating in an activity and how they interact with it, the artwork reacts showing different sceneries. It really is art that you can experience with your body. Adults are sure to have fun as much as kids!
 

Light Forest Three-dimensional Bouldering

Artwork: Light Forest Three-dimensional Bouldering
 

Weightless Forest of Resonating Life

Artwork: Weightless Forest of Resonating Life

3. Future Park: Recommended for Families

Future Park is an educational project based on the concept of collaborative creativity. It features many games like drawing and playhouses that use an assortment of digital arts.
 
Sketch Aquarium

It's not only fun, it also stimulates children's creativity and awareness for diversity. Among the activities offered, one in particular is very interesting. At a first glance it might look like a simple corner where you draw animals, but if you give your creation to the staff it will get scanned and become a moving creature on the museum's floor and walls. You can watch your own creation come to life!
 

Sketch Acquarium

 
 

Graffiti Nature - High Mountains and Deep Valleys

Artwork: Graffiti Nature - High Mountains and Deep Valleys

5. Forest of Lamps: A Magical World

I really recommend this world, Forest of Lamps, especially for all the Instagrammers and picture-loving people out there.
 
teamLab Forest of Lamps
Artwork: Forest of Lamps

As the name suggests, this room is filled with hanging lamps. If you stand still for a few moments, the lamp closer to you will start shining brighter with a different color. The light transfers to other close lamps and it goes on and on. It really feels like being in some kind of wonderland.
 
Forest of resonating lamps - one stroke
Artwork: Forest of Resonating Lamps - One Stroke

A limited number of people can enter the Forest of Lamps at a time, for a limited time. If you're planning on a short visit I recommend going here first. Depending on how busy it is you might have to wait to get in, but in my opinion it is absolutely worth it.
By the way, in this room you can get up close to the lamps but you can't touch them for safety reasons. If you are carrying a big piece of luggage, please follow the staff's instructions to store it before entering.
 

5. EN TEA HOUSE: Where Tea Is a Work of Art

Finally, the fifth world is a tea house where you can enjoy Japanese tea with your taste, smell, and even sight. While you're drinking your tea, a flower keeps blooming at the bottom of your cup as long as there's tea in it.
 

EN TEA HOUSE at teamLab museum

EN TEA HOUSE, choosing between 4 different kinds of tea

There is an English menu from which you can choose between four types of tea. The menu has descriptions about each tea's characteristics and taste. The staff will give you your teabag at the entrance when you order.

After that, you'll be shown to your seat where the staff will brew your tea for you. One cup of tea is 500 yen (tax included).
 
EN TEA HOUSE, a flower blooms inside your tea
EN TEA HOUSE, a flower blooms inside your tea
EN TEA HOUSE, a flower blooms inside your tea
EN TEA HOUSE, a flower blooms inside your tea
 
The flower that keeps blooming inside the tea is really pretty. It's almost a shame to drink the tea.
 

Tips for Your Visit at teamLab Borderless

Large suitcases and oversized luggage are not allowed inside the museum, but you can store them in the coin lockers at the entrance. The coin lockers are free (they take a 100 yen coin and give it back when you take the luggage out). There are only small lockers here so if you have a very large luggage make sure you store it in one of the bigger coin lockers around the station.
If you have strollers or other big items, there is a space to leave them by the wall with chains to secure them.
 
teamLab Borderless coin lockers

A lot of the artworks have mirrors on the floor, so you might not want to wear a skirt to the museum.
Also, I recommend wearing comfortable walking shoes. If you're wearing high heels or sandals you can rent shoes in the museum for free. They have S, M and L unisex adult sizes.
 

teamLab Borderless, mirror floor

 

Rental shoes at teamLab Borderless

   

Under Odaiba's Ferris Wheel

teamLab Borderless is located in one of Tokyo's popular travel destinations, Odaiba. It's right under the big Ferris wheel in the Palette Town complex, so you can use it as a landmark to get to the place.
 

Odaiba PaletteTown

 

MEGA WEB

The floor plan at Palette Town might be a little confusing if it's your first visit. Try getting to the museum from Palette Town's second floor. You'll find the entrance to teamLab Borderless after crossing the Mega Web passageway.
 

Try This Unique Art Experience for Yourself

If you decide to visit this digital art museum, you should plan for at least two hours to spend there (of course there's fun to be had for an even longer time!). Definitely include this in your travel plan and have fun interacting with these amazing digital artworks.
 
teamLab Borderless

Information

MORI Building DIGITAL ART MUSEUM: EPSON teamLab Borderless
Address: Odaiba Palette Town 1-3-8 Aomi, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Hours:
Mon–Thu 11:00am–7:00pm (9:00pm**)
Fri and day before Holidays 11:00am–9:00pm (10:00pm**) 
Sat 10:00am–9:00pm (10:00pm**)
Sun & Holiday 10:00am–7:00pm (8:00pm**)
**The museum stays open longer until August 31st. 
*Hours may vary depending on the season.
*Last entry 1 hour before the museum closing time.
*For EN TEA HOUSE opening hours please check the official website.
Closing days: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month.
*The next closing days are July 10th and 24th
Entrance fee: Adults (15 years and above) 3,200 yen, children from 4 to 14 years old 1,000 yen
*Early bird tickets (2,400 0yen for adults) are available until July 31st.
*Prices are tax-inclusive.
Access: 5 min. walk from Tokyo Teleport Station on the Rinkai Line / 5 min. walk from Aomi Station on the Yurikamome Line.
Official Website: https://borderless.teamlab.art/

*The above article is based on a coverage made on June 11th, 2018.
*Part of the pictures in this article are courtesy of teamLab Borderless official website.


About the author
Miki is a freelance writer from Macau who has been living in Tokyo for 7 years. Her hobby is traveling and she enjoys sweets and Japanese music. She's always looking for unique local information to share with her readers.
 

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