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Unique Tokyo eatery merges art and vegan ramen

A new museum concept in Japan is blending dining with artworks – and lets visitors take home fresh orchids used in displays. 

 

Kyoto’s TeamLab has brought the multi-purpose space ‘TeamLab Planets’ to Tokyo, which combines a vegan ramen restaurant, an artwork space, and a flower shop. 

 

In the restaurant, diners are surrounded by digital artworks as they eat where intricately prepared recipes are served on a mesmerising tabletop, which appears infinite and constantly moves. Bare walls and tables create a giant screen for the calligraphy-inspired artworks. 

 

With just 16 seats, the dining space is far from large. But when a diner is seated their space is lit up in a way that – as Time Out Japan describes – “they effectively become part of the exhibit”.

Bare walls and tables create a giant screen for the calligraphy-inspired artworks.

Scheduled for public opening this week (October 8), the TeamLab Planets museum features four exhibition spaces and two gardens, aiming to deliver a “nature-inspired experience” where visitors can immerse themselves with art – and food. 

 

“TeamLab Planet is a museum where you walk through water, and a garden where you become one with the flowers,” the brand describes. 

 

A restaurant called ‘Vegan Ramen UZU Tokyo’ serves vegan cuisine and also showcases artwork. The restaurant concept was first introduced in Gosho-Minami, Kyoto last year. Customers visiting ‘Vegan Ramen UZU Tokyo’ can enjoy vegan ramen in two artwork spaces, Reversible Rotation - Non- Object Space and Table of Sky and Fire.

The Table of Sky and Fire.

The Table of Sky and Fire artwork reflects the sky and “the Universe of Fire Particles Falling from the Sky”. 

 

In the Reversible Rotation-Non-Object space, calligraphy was reconstructed in 3D space to express the depth, speed and power of the brush stroke, and that calligraphy is then flattened using the logical structure of ‘Ultra-subjective space’.

 

“TeamLab hopes that people will eat something on this table while thinking that to live and to eat is to stay connected to the world.”

 

In Kyoto, the restaurant routinely draws hour-long queues to eat.

 

The museum also houses a flower shop called ‘TeamLab Flower Shop & Art’ where visitors can take home orchids used in the artwork ‘Floating Flower Garden: Flowers and I are of the Same Root, the Garden and I are One’, which features more than 13,000 orchids. 

The floating flower garden features more than 13,000 orchids.

TeamLab sells tote bags containing a variety of orchids for visitors who wish to take home a part of the work, of a more limited selection of orchid species. 

 

Time Out’s reviewer says the restaurant experience is so unique that “even meat lovers will want to put this vegan restaurant at the top of their list for their next trip to Kyoto”. 

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