Tokyo Big Sight
Tokyo Big Sight/ Tokyo International Exhibition Center – opened in 1996, this is one of the largest convention venues in Japan. Various trade shows are held there, such as Tokyo’s coolest design event, Design Festa, and the popular Tokyo Motor Show – where Japanese and other automakers showcase their latest prototypes. 12 million people visit this convention center every year, and there are 16 restaurants on the premises.
Many are impressed by its architectural style (the glass and titanium-panelled Conference Tower, which consists of four inverted pyramids mounted upon large supports). Outside the building is a sculpture of a giant saw that seemingly hacked onto the grassy grounds (designed by Swedish-born American sculptor Claes Oldenburg). Tokyo Big Sight will be one of the venues for the 2020 Summer Olympics. See its website for upcoming events: www.bigsight.jp/english/