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Our Lobrow philosophy.

"Art is something that happens, a process, not a quality, and all sorts of things can make it happen," said Brian Eno. He went on to say  “Stop thinking about art works as objects, and start thinking about them as triggers for experiences."

That is precisely the sort of experience you would get from taking part in the tour organised by Lobrow. In an (almost) personalised trip to Japan, we will take you to experience art, the whacky side of Japan, both modern and traditional, popular and unheard of. Our specialised tours revolve around different themes - art, architecture, trains or just curated entertainment.

You will be taken to the galleries and museums as well as backstreets of a Tokyo suburb, to experience that sense of wonder which is often lacking from a group tour. Lobrow offers an escorted tour for a small group of people the unexpected Japan. During two weeks, there is no doubt, your senses will be constantly challenged. Is it art, or is it rubbish?

Lobrow Japan tours will explore the labyrinth of arty whacky and quirky corners. Some of the artists we pay particular homage on our tours include

Tadanori Yokoo, Okamoto Taro, Kimiyo Mishima, Tadao Ando,

James Tyrell, Yayoi Kusama, Kenji Yanobe and many more.

We go on arty walk around the towns, through the arcades, under the overhead train lines, looking for incidental art.

We may dine at a tiny record bar, a former brothel, or have a drink in the submarine bar (so steampunk, so Blade Runner).

Talking about a brothel, we will stay at one, built some 200 years ago.

Hot spa? Of course,  we may visit public baths and hot spas, traditional and new, including the one reputed to be the best of the traditional bath house and the one designed by Otake Shinro, or visit a 140 billion yen

(1.4 billion $A) rubbish treatment complex designed by the Austrian great,

F Hundertwasser.  How apt where art literally meets rubbish.

Just in case you may have forgotten, the year 2020 was the year both "Blade Runner" and "Akira" were set. The Lobrow Japan team is keenly aware of that, that the future is now. Naturally, our tours this year will reflect on that. Rick Deckard and Rachael may not be there, but we may stumble on to fragments of neo Tokyo. We are that kind of people. After all, what better place to experience the real 2020 plus future than in Japan?

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