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CNN's Tokyo: Two Sides

CNN's Tokyo: Two Sides

A special week of coverage begins July 16 with a 30-minute program airing from July 21

HONG KONG, July 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- On 'Tokyo: Two Sides', CNN explores the dichotomies of Tokyo's multi-layered worlds of art and design through the prisms of the old and the new, the traditional and the modern, the historical and the futuristic. In the heart of 21st Century Tokyo, CNN meets the modern masters sharing their visions for the future of Japan's ancient arts, from flower arrangement to woodcut prints, architecture to kimono-making.

CNN's Tokyo: Two Sides
CNN's Tokyo: Two Sides

Highlights of the 30-minute show include:

Ikebana is the traditional Japanese art of flower arrangement, originating from the 7th century when floral offerings were made at Buddhist altars. CNN explores the influence of the art on Tokyo's traditionalists and disrupters alike, from sparsely elegant compositions to abundant arrangements of blooms and leaves.

The art of making the kimono, Japan's traditional dress, has fallen into steep decline. These days the garment is mostly worn by women on special occasions, but a special group of craftsmen and designers are trying to preserve the enduring symbol of Japan, from embracing its historical lineage to taking its philosophies to futuristic ends.

"The Great Wave off Kanagawa" by Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai is perhaps the world's best known example of ukiyo-e, a genre of Japanese art that heavily influenced contemporary manga and anime. Today, the woodcut prints are enjoying new life, as contemporary artists add their own interpretations.

Toyo Ito's Architecture
Architecture from Japan has traditionally been defined by its relationship to nature, from physical proximity to building materials. Architect Toyo Ito's vision for harmony between the natural world and his designs is best seen in his work at the Tama Art University Library in western Tokyo, where a forest of arches melds seamlessly with the surrounding woods.

Kazuyo Sejima's Architecture
Contemporary architect Kazuyo Sejima says she draws inspiration from Japan's architectural past in her minimalist designs that are defining Japan's future. She channels the age-old use of space found in traditional Japanese architecture in her Tokyo projects, like the Sumida Hokusai Museum and the Shibaura House.

'Tokyo: Two Sides' is produced by CNN Vision, the global creative production powerhouse of CNN International, which brings the world's breath-taking diversity into cinematic focus, telling stories that inspire audiences around the world.

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The 30-minute special 'Tokyo: Two Sides' airs at the following times:

Airtimes for 30-minute special:
Saturday, 21st July at 1430 HKT
Sunday, 22nd July at 0530 HKT and 1800 HKT
Monday, 23rd July at 0030 HKT
Thursday, 2nd August at 1630 HKT

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