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December 9, 2016
Bureau of Industrial and Labor Affairs
Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau

Kuala Lumpur store showcases
Tokyo artists and attractions

Tokyo is promoting its attractions through the works of two young artists and other events at a department store in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. ”ISETAN The Japan Store & TOKYO” is being held at Isetan’s newest Kuala Lumpur store, which opened on October 27.
This is a joint project between the Tokyo Metropolitan Government (TMG), Tokyo Convention & Visitors Bureau and Isetan Mitsukoshi Holdings Ltd., and is part of TMG’s drive to attract more visitors from overseas by carrying out tourism promotion activities outside Japan, in collaboration with private businesses in Tokyo. Another joint initiative with the globally active department store operator is scheduled to take place in Paris.

Overview of “ISETAN The Japan Store & TOKYO”


ISETAN The Japan Store Kuala Lumpur 3F THE CUBE, etc.
(Lot 10 Shopping Center, 50 Jalan Sultan Ismail, 50250 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)


From Friday, November 25, 2016 to Saturday, January 14, 2017

Event details

(1) Exhibition of media art by Yoichi Ochiai

Yoichi Ochiai holds his first large-scale private exhibition of media art. The exhibition features works produced by the modern wizard and students at the University of Tsukuba’s Digital Nature Group led by Ochiai.


Image and Matter by Yoichi Ochiai


From Sunday, December 11, 2016 to Saturday, January 14, 2017

Gallery tour

Sunday, December 11 From 1 p.m. / 3:30 p.m. / 6 p.m.



Colloidal Display
Installation art featuring the sparkling surface of a bubble

Pixie Dust
Equipment that generates a 3D acoustic-potential field in which substances can be manipulated

Yoichi Ochiai

Born in Tokyo in 1987, Yoichi Ochiai is a media artist, an assistant professor at the University of Tsukuba who leads the Digital Nature Group, and a board member of the Virtual Reality Consortium. He studied media art at the University of Tsukuba, and obtained a PhD in interdisciplinary information studies from the University of Tokyo. Exploring the potential of multimedia and conducting research towards his vision called “Digital Nature,” Ochiai uses computational holographic imaging to create artworks that merge the virtual and physical worlds. He has been certified as a Super Creator under a program conducted by the Information-technology Promotion Agency, Japan (IPA), and received many national and international awards, including the World Technology Award 2015 and the Prix Ars Electronica.

(2) Exhibition and sale of artworks by Ly

The exhibition showcases paintings in which up-and-coming artist Ly depicts her view of Tokyo. At FREE ART SPACE, her works are displayed for sale, including limited edition items.




From Friday, November 25 to Friday, December 30



The opening reception was held on Saturday, December 3, and live painting took place from Friday, November 25 to Friday, December 2.

Exhibition and sale of Ly’s grayscale paintings


Based in Tokyo, Ly has exhibited her works in many places in and outside Japan, including Paris, Bangkok, and Los Angeles. Primarily motivated by anger, the up-and-coming artist depicts landscapes and monsters she has created in her mind since she was a young girl. Her grayscale paintings, including murals, describe LUV, a monster she created, in a skate park, woods, and other imaginary settings. The exhibition in Kuala Lumpur features landscapes of her world and LUV’s home, to present how Ly, who was born and raised in Tokyo, perceives her hometown.

(3) Collaborative events with the Time Out Love Tokyo Awards 2016

Exhibition of nominees for the Time Out Love Tokyo Awards 2016*, as well as a panel session with the editor-in-chief of Time Out Kuala Lumpur, will be held to highlight the attractions of Tokyo.

i) Exhibition of award nominees


Time Out Love Tokyo Awards 2016 Exhibition


From Friday, November 25 to Sunday, December 25



ii) Panel session with the editor-in-chief of Time Out Kuala Lumpur


Time Out Love Tokyo Awards 2016 Event Special Talk Session


Sunday, December 11 From 2:30 p.m. / 5:00 p.m.


1F THE STUDIO / Time Out Tokyo Café

*The Time Out Love Tokyo Awards 2016 are hosted by Time Out Tokyo and aim to convey the attractions of Tokyo to the world.

  • Period
    October to December 2016
  • Area
  • Categories
    1. Restaurant, 2. Café, 3. Bar, 4. Shop, 5. Product, 6. Activity, 7. Face of Tokyo
  • Target audience
    Foreign visitors (including foreign residents of Tokyo) and Japanese
  • Nomination by
    Time Out Tokyo editors
  • Selection process
    Judges are chosen from across the global Time Out network, which spans 109 cities in 41 countries. Judges visit Tokyo to select the winners.

Long-Term Vision for Tokyo

This project is related to the following strategy and approach of the Long-Term Vision for Tokyo:

  • Strategy 3: Omotenashi
    • Approach 7: Warmly welcome international visitors


Planning Section, Tourism Division
Bureau of Industrial and Labor Affairs