Itinerary A - ‘Old’ Tokyo - 9:00 am start
For the early risers seeking shrines, parks, and Tokyo's old charm.
Please specify itinerary A (9:00) at checkout.
Itinerary B - ‘New’ Tokyo - 10:30 am start
For the later risers discovering ‘modern’ Tokyo.
Please specify itinerary B (10:30) at checkout.
Please specify itinerary A (9:00) or itinerary B (10:30) at checkout.
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.
Maciej, a professional photographer, was born in Warsaw, Poland in a family with many Japanese connections, thus the idea of traveling to the Far East was his dream since childhood. Fascinated by Japanese literature and classic cinema, he received a Master’s degree from the University of Warsaw with a specialization in Japanese Studies. Before graduation, he spent one year at Kobe University and one year in Tokyo where he was an intern at the Embassy of Poland. Married for several years to Tokyo-born Japanese, a daughter of a sushi-making family, he lives and continues to discover an old part of the capital, the so-called 'Low City', which he admires for its amazing history and preserved unique atmosphere. A gourmet and Nihonshu (rice sake) lover, and author of articles for the Polish press about Japanese cuisine.
Sabrina was born and raised in Austria, where she studied painting at the Academy of fine Arts Vienna and Japanese Studies at the University of Vienna. After graduating she mainly pursued her career as a visual Artist showing her works in galleries in Austria and abroad. She participated in several Artist in Residency programs in countries such as Andorra and Iran. She moved to Tokyo in 2013 to pursue a PhD in Fine Arts at Tokyo University of the Arts with a MEXT Scholarship from the Japanese government and improve her Japanese Language Skills. Sabrina was a teaching Assistant at TUA during her whole PhD, and also has experience with teaching English, German, and Art. While her career as a painter, showing her works regularly in solo and group exhibitions in various countries, is still her main focus, she enjoys sharing her knowledge about Tokyo with Travelers from abroad.
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