Founded in 1998, there is something for everyone and more between the Design Festa Gallery's two buildings, 21 showrooms, restaurant, cafe, bar and constant rotation of special-theme, group, school and independent exhibitions that feature professional and amateur, elementary school aged, retired, traditional and genre redefining artists alike.Welcoming over 80,000 visitors annually, the Design Festa Gallery is unpredictable, unregulated, uncensored and hosts both domestic and foreign artists, serving as Japan's single most diverse mecca of artistic expression.
This alternative and eclectic gallery offers 29 rental rooms to creative types working in any media, whether it's performance art, film, installations, sculpture, jewelry, clothing, or paintings. It's fun to walk through and see what's on offer; even the facade, a riot of colors, is a work of art. Definitely worth a visit if you're in Harajuku. The gallery also gets my kudos for its Design Festa art events held twice a year at Tokyo Big Sight, featuring more than 8,000 artists from around the world.
If you’re living in Tokyo you’ve probably heard of this or have been before. Wind through the streets of Ura-Harajuku for a little while and you’ll find this unique art gallery…its pretty hard to miss. The gallery has 29 spaces for artists to showcase their work in individual rooms. They also have a small cafe and an Okonomiyaki restaurant! This gallery is FREE to go in so add it to your list of things to do in Tokyo! I definitely plan on going back again to see what has changed here soon.