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Was die Österreichische Kunst im Kirschbaumbezirk von Tokio bewegt.

Als Oase der Ruhe mit guter, öffentlicher Anbindung ans Zentrum beschreibt das BKA sein Auslandsatelier in Tokio. Arakawa heißt der Bezirk, der es beherbergt, just eine Städtepartnerschaft mit der Wiener Donaustadt unterhält und durch Wohnbauten und Bildungseinrichtungen geprägt ist. Tokio gehört als ehemals größte Stadt der Welt mit knapp 7 Mio. Einwohnern noch immer zu den Mega-Cities, steht niemals still und überwältigt mit einem kunterbunten Mix aus Manga-Hype, Business-Wahn und Jahrtausende alten Kunstgeschichten. Wo sind die Kunst-Highlights in Tokyo zu finden und kann man es hier verhindern, „lost in translation“ zu sein?

"Tokyo is at first sight a mega city where it seems as if people are at least 15 years ahead of us concerning technology. But after not so long you also see that people are still bound to their, at times, out-dated traditions concerning gender, family, and social structures. As a resident , you might feel a strong isolation there, since language is a barrier. Hardly anyone speaks English, or they are not willing to. You might notice sometimes people asking : When do you go back? The Tokyo people can be very complicated and seem to rather shy away from you than to just talk to you. But this also lies in that they dont want to feel shame."

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1. Do’s & Don’ts in this city:
  Travel around as much as possible. Japan is an amazing country, with beautiful nature and much diversity. Don't stay too long in Tokyo. And don't try to be/act Japanese; just be yourself. Be a Gaijin. But be polite of course. Japanese people value politeness a lot!
2.  Where to buy the best material to work with:
 

I go to all the homeware/DIY stores. There are stores for everything you want. Its also easy to find stores and there where-abouts over the internet. There are many art-stores too.

3. Concerning art at this destination:
 

Around the residency area, there is hardly any art. Galleries, museums, and art institutions you will have to spend more than 1 hour with the public train. Tokyo is full of museums, and they are huge. A lot of them show mainly traditional japanese art though. And you will often have to wait in line for up to an hour sometimes.

4. About the residency where I shop, drink my coffe and get the best lunch deal in walking distance...
  Best lunch deal experience near-by the residency would be at the Machiya Station mall where in the basement/food court called ときわ. Its a place where locals go to have traditional japanese food. A place with a very authentic mood without being over traditional. A good coffee in walking distance I did not find. Then you will have to go to the Yanaka district. For everyday shopping there is a Life supermarket, that sells almost everything it seems. It's just behind the residency.
5. Where I go for after-work (dinner, drinks and best sound)
 

For experimental sound and a smaller underground scene with concerts- I would go to Ftarri that operates both as a record shop but also as a venue for very interesting concerts. After-work I would go to any Izakaya. More relaxed place where you drink beers and have some smallers dishes to munch on. Cheerful atmospheres usually.

6. What would have been useful to know before coming here and starting my residence:
 

That is to some extent quite important to be in contact or to establish contacts, if possible, with people in Japan before going there.

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