The island-like stage in the center back of the venue represents a Chanoma, the living room of the traditional Japanese home, a space where the inhabitants are connected to the world through network infrastructure, where the ordinary and the extraordinary coexist. On this good old Japanese home-inspired stage, events varying from food presentations, meditation and games will be held.
Tatami mats, a 500-year old important and common element throughout Japanese culture invariably found in traditional housing, Buddhism temples and tea rooms, cover the floor of the Chanoma. In this pavilion, old cultures from the iconic ancient city of Kyoto to modern pop culture, which has its roots in Kabuki drama and Ukiyoe art from the medieval Edo culture, will all take stage on these Tatami mats. We liken Tatami mats to this age where all kinds of phenomena and people are interconnected through a technological infrastructure that creates a situation where highly individualized content loosely interact with each other.
|The scenery is such that art, design and entertainment are all interwoven under the context of the technological infrastructure. Modern Japan can be observed by looking up to the traditional representation of Mt. Fuji’s reflection on the water; the cheap texture is intentional.|
|After going through something that looks like an entrance to a construction site replete with an eye-catching excavator, visitors are invited to take off their shoes as is done in everyday life of Japan.|
|Covered by Tatami mats, the interior is a semi-migratory structure where different scales of exhibits, eras and locations merge in a contiguous way.|