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Roppongi

Roppongi

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Ten or 20 years ago any Tokyo local could tell you exactly what you could do during the day in Roppongi – nothing.

Since the end of world war two, Roppongi has been a seedy, somewhat changeable area.the site of murder, home of Occupation forces barracks, turf of gangs of dancing kids, and round the clock haunt of hordes of partying experts and soldiers on leave.

But, things have changed in 2003; the Roppongi Hills began to create a center for what was once a diffuse cultures cape.

The complex is home to Louise Bourgeois's giant, spiny, alfresco, spider sculpture and is delightfully landscaped with tree that is illuminated at night.

At the centre of things is the new Mori Art Museum, the world highest exhibition space and the first major museum in Japan to hire a foreign director.It is a good guess that its soaring presence helped persuade several of Tokyo's best galleries to relocated to Complex, a five story building down the hill that now home to Ota Fine Art,Roentgenwerke and the Hiromi Yoshii print and photographic gallery.

At night, the bar still fills with an international crowd that sticks around until the small hours of the morning, when the trains finally resume service.