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2018.12.05

The 6th Tourism Strategy Study Group: Ms. Motoko Ishii, lighting designer

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The 6th Tourism Strategy Study Group was held on Wednesday, October 17, 2018. Ms. Motoko Ishii, lighting designer, spoke on “Design of Lights," which was followed by discussion with the attendees from participating companies.

After her graduation from the Faculty of Fine Arts of Tokyo University of the Arts, Ms. Ishii worked for lighting design offices in Finland and Germany and subsequently established Motoko Ishii Lighting Design Inc. Ms. Ishii has been successful as a lighting designer who develops broad domains of lights from urban lighting to light objet d'art and lighting performances in Japan as well as in the U.S., Europe, Middle East and Southeast Asia. She has worked on lighting design of Tokyo's leading locations such as Tokyo Tower, Rainbow Bridge, Tokyo Gate Bridge, Sensoji Temple and Kabukiza Theatre.

In her lecture, Ms. Ishii introduced her works in Japan and abroad with photos. Lighting turned Zenkoji Temple and the historic villages of Shirakawa-go into spots that attract people not only during daytime but also nighttime. The number of tourists staying overnight for night views at these places and the lighting contributed significantly to regional development, providing such useful hints for considering Tokyo's nighttime economy.

In the Q&A session following the lecture, Ms. Ishii commented on what is lacking in Tokyo's nighttime tourism, saying “First, it is important that people living in Tokyo go out at night, walk the city, view the sceneries and enjoy the city at night". She pointed that Tokyo residents' way of spending their night time greatly affect Tokyo's nightlife.

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