Inside Tokyo’s TeamLab Borderless experience
Toyko is unlike any other city. It’s known for its ability to embrace innovative technology, melding delight and utility. Where else could you find cafes that let you pet owls, or ride around the city in Mario themed go-carts, or find just about anything you want in a coin-operated machine? The Tokyo TeamLab borderless experience is just one more reason to love Toyko. This massive interactive art exhibit contains a labyrinth of rooms, each a unique and ever-changing kaleidoscope of nature-inspired patterns and color for you to interact with.
The building is located in a district called Odaiba, a strangely open area, complete with a Ferris wheel, an auto mall, and a large indoor shopping mall decorated like the interior of the Venetian in Las Vegas.
The experience of entering the exhibit is rather abrupt. After listening to some basic rules about the exhibit, you walk behind a curtain and are in the middle of a long hallway with black walls and dim lighting. People can be seen darting in and out of different rooms. There’s no sense of where it starts and ends, so you just start wherever you like.
One of the first rooms are wallpapered in a projected kaleidoscope of red flowers and yellow flowers from ceiling to floor. It’s hard to see where it ends with mirrored walls tricking you into thinking space is endless.
Upstairs, a hilly room is covered with interactive bugs and animals, jumping about on the floor and walls. A field of color changing balloons beckons you through the room onward.
Viewers crowd around and watch the stunning columns of light change direction to the booming sound of music.
Curtains of LEDs and mirror walls form a seemingly endless labyrinth of light. Suddenly everything around you looks and sounds like soft rain.
Forests of yellow lilly pads and interactive light swinging obstacle courses all await at the Tokyo TeamLab Borderless Experience. It may be crowded, and over-stimulating, but it is an unforgettable experience and well worth the wait.