One of the great things about Tokyo is the infusion of art nearly everywhere. It doesn’t really matter whre you go. Whether it’s in the busy, upscale streets of Ginza or a train station in Ueno, there’s art everywhere. In the middle of all the boutiques on the narrow streets in Harajuku, we found an interesting building called Design Festa, which looked like the Mario brothers had given it a plumbing make-over.
The building is what I assume used to be a small apartment block, with emphasis on small. Even though I’m not particularly tall, I kept hitting my head on the door frames and parts of the ceiling. Each room is full of conceptual art with, I think, a unique theme. This room’s walls, for example, is covered with works centered on the idea of a red apple.
It’s a nice place to be if you want to get away from the giant river of pedestrian traffic clogging the streets of Harajuku. There’s a small cafe and an outdoor patio with free Wi-Fi so if you need to rest your tired, shopaholic feet, Design Festa is a hip, friendly and interesting place to stop by.