The Appeal of Tokyo for Tamae Hirokawa
Tokyo is a city with incredible creative power. Whether in clothing, cuisine or living environments, Tokyo quickly absorbs influences from other cultures and passes them through a Japanese “filter” to give birth to something altogether new. As artists in Tokyo we are constantly motivated by the adoptability and application of the elements resulting from the cutting edge technology with the changing of times.
Today there isn’t much left in Tokyo of the old scenery and streetscapes of Edo. We’ve exchanged kimono for Western clothing, and we live in a concrete forest of enormous buildings. Yet even so, the city is deeply imbued with the aesthetic sensibility of the Japanese people. If you walk around Tokyo, strolling through Meiji Shrine and Yoyogi Hachiman Shrine, you’ll see the boundless creativity inspired by our deep love for the natural beauty of Japan.
Many powerful works of architecture have been opened to the public, conveying the culture of eras in which they were built. The numerous artworks on display throughout the city are evidences of the Japanese people’s love for art. With all its profusion, diversity and complex combination of elements, somehow Tokyo manages to gel as a coherent whole. For me that’s what makes Tokyo attractive. The Tokyo we see today is the result of steady progress amid mutual respect for each other’s differences.