Let’s Meet at Minatomirai Station, Which Looks Like a Modern Art Museum.
This station is an ideal meeting spot as the building has the shopping complex, ‘Queen’s East’ and ‘Mark Is’. It’s quite a unique station with distinctive features such as a huge pipe object and open ceiling space that gives us great view.
Just outside of the ticket gate is an entrance to the B4 floor of Mark Is. Step forward a little, and you will see a garbage bag bear called ‘Bearlike Construction’ by Korean artist, Gimhongsok. It represents ‘oblivion’, the concept of this year’s Triennale.
We Are Finally Here! Yokohama Triennale at Yokohama Museum of Art.
The main venues of Yokohama Triennale are Yokohama Museum of Art and Shinko Pier Exhibition Hall. First, I head to the Yokohama Museum of Art. As the main theme of this Triennale is ‘Sailing into the Sea of Oblivion’, a variety of things that have been perpetually forgotten are exhibited as art in and around the museum, such as a ‘garbage-bag-looking’ sculpture and an interesting balloon object. The picture above is the highlight of this Triennale, the 7-meter-tall huge dustbin.
In front of the museum is a huge trailer made by a Belgium artist, Wim Delvoye. If you take a closer look at it, this looks more like a classic object than a trailer.
Upon entering the museum, the first thing you will see is Michael Landy’s ‘Art Bin’, an enormous (7-meter-tall) transparent garbage bin. Here, visitors are encouraged to throw their unwanted works into the bin. Hmm, it’s always interesting to see what artists think.
This red law court is a work by Temporary Foundation, an art project community consisting of artists unknown. A solemn sound of a gavel, a symbol of law court, fills the room.
A three-dimensional work by Chiyuki Sakagami, an artist known for her intricate miniature paintings with ink and watercolor. This is one of the most appealing works that I’ve seen today.
After Inspiring Your Brain with Art, Stimulate Your Stomach with Authentic Thai food at Keawjai.
This restaurant, recognized by Thai people for its authentic Thai food, is located on the 1st basement of Yokohama Queen’s East. We need to have spicy food after enjoying the creative art, since the goal of today’s date is to stimulate your mind and body! Sen-lek Tom Yum Kung (780 yen) is recommended, as it's quite spicy with 2 red peppers added in the soup.
Sen-lek Tom Yum Kung. I'm breaking out in sweat after finishing this!
Head to Shinko Pier, Another Main Venue of the Yokohama Triennale.
Free shuttle buses are available from Yokohama Museum of Art to Shinko Pier, but we decided to walk, as the first bus doesn’t come until 12:00 p.m. Though it’s a little far, we can enjoy walking, smelling a nice sea breeze.
Cosmo Clock 21, an amazingly giant Ferris wheel! It must be beautiful at night, too.
Arriving at Shinko Pier, Another Venue of the Yokohama Triennale.
The highlights at this venue are the works by Hiromi Tsuchida, Emiko Kasahara, Elias Hansen, and Gimhongsok. They have a shop offering the Triennale’s official items. Check out their tote bags featuring this Triennale’s thematic logo, ‘Oblivion’. They must be a nice souvenior.
Upon entering the venue, the first thing you will see is a huge spectacular object by Miwa Yanagi. She focuses on women’s issues including youth versus age. This object is a mobile stage truck, by the way.
A selection of photographs by Hiromi Tsuchida is dealing with the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. They are so touching I couldn’t stop shedding tears while looking at them, thinking about the unbearable sorrow of the atomic bomb victims and the survivors as well. We will not forget the tragedy. We will NEVER have war again.
This playful object, combining flask and wood, is by an American artist, Elias Hansen.
This ‘hideout-looking’ object by Shinro Ohtake reminds me of my childhood, when I dreamed of making a secret place like this. This is absolutely my dream hideout, as it has everything a hideout should have; it’s messy, small, and has several exits!
Gimhongsok’s balloon monument called ‘8 Breaths’. It looks as if it’s going to move! The blue balloons go well with the port in the background.
Let’s Walk to Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse for ‘Happiness Bell’.
Basking in the afterglow of the Yokohama Triennale, we walk up to the Yokohama Red Brick Warehouse. What we would like to see here is ‘Happiness Bell’, which it is believed to give us good love luck.
After Spending a Long Time at the Triennale, Finally Take a Rest at Elephant Nose Terrace.
‘Zou-No-Hana (Elephant Nose) Terrace’ was opened in 2009 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the opening of Yokohama Port. The café is so cozy, naturally blending in with the landscape of the bay.
These blue elephants are so adorable.
This huge elephant is not as cute as the ones outside…
Their ‘elephant-looking’ soft serve ice cream cones are very popular. Today I order Hawaiian Blue (650 yen), a shaved ice dessert with elephant soft serve on top. (which might be available only during summer.)
Finally at Nihon-Odori Station.
This cute metro sign looks like the ‘Monster’s Inc’ logo. Well, today’s date was so inspiring my girlfriend loved it too! I would highly recommend this dating course for autumn!