Sometimes when I’m walking around Chicago, I stumble on an unexpectedly beautiful building, or a sculpture I never knew existed. When I encounter such beautiful sights, I can’t help bu think “Wow, this city I live in is very pretty”. I’ve spent most of my adult life comparing Chicago to cities around the world, always thinking how all of the “exciting” things happened everywhere else - like in New York. For me the midwest has yet to capture my heart - even after 20 years of living here - but Chicago stands as an oasis to the flatlands that are the center of the United States. Regardless of how many more events are held elsewhere around the world, I must admit that my hometown is a sight for sore eyes.
I’ve heard the teamLab exhibit be called an “Instagram trap” before and since my visit. I suppose many people visit solely for the perfect picture to put on social media. But to reduce the exhibit as an instagram trap would be such a mistake. The engineering behind the installation is extraordinary - each performance is unique, and affected by how the audience interacts with the exhibit. There are multiple exhibits in Tokyo, and you have to make sure you buy tickets in advance, since it does sell out quickly.
I went to Japan in April of 2019. It had been a dream of mine to travel there, and impulsively (a privilege that does not escape me) I bought a plane ticket to Tokyo. I spent several days in Tokyo before taking a shinkansen to Kyoto. Japan was everything I imagined it to be and much more. I had heard, in one of the many travel videos I watched leading up to my visit, that a persons life can be divided into two parts: before they go to Japan, and after they go to Japan. Though hyperbolic a statement, I can’t help agree. Who I was before I went to Tokyo changed after. My job changed, my perspective changed, and my willingness to go outside my comfort zone changed. Expect a lot of Japan content, even if it’s already way into summer.