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Akihabara Tour - A Look at Electric Town
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From Pray to Play
Aquiles has been living and working in Tokyo since 2009, when he arrived on a MEXT scholarship to develop his art practice at Tokyo University of the Arts, where he completed his MFA and PhD degrees in Fine Arts. His artistic work and research focus on the links between free improvisation, experimental music and visual arts. He has performed and shown his work in many countries including the US, Japan, Germany, Venezuela, Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Aquiles’ relationship to Japan predates his arrival to the country, as he has been studying Japanese Art and culture since the late 90’s. He has focused on the study and practice of Kendo (Japanese fencing) and Zen Buddhism of the Soto school, integrating the philosophical core of both disciplines into his artwork. During his time in Tokyo, Aquiles has lived in the Yanesen neighborhood, an area that has been gaining popularity the past few years for its unique combination of old temples and ancient buildings with many curious shops and cafés in which independent designers have channeled the area’s historical background through ingenious renovations.
After completing her studies in Art History at Université de Provence, Marion spent two years living in Paris to deepen her studies. With her passion for manga and anime and tea ceremony, Marion was always intrigued by Japanese culture and literature, which led her to move to Tokyo. Marion has since fallen in love with the city of Tokyo and decided to share her knowledge and love for Japanese culture with visitors from all around the world. During her free time, she enjoys wearing a kimono and eating traditional pastries. She continues to be fascinated by the two sides of Tokyo, tradition and modernity, to this day.
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