Have you ever traveled to Tokyo from LA? …Have you ever traveled from LA to Tokyo in 16 min?

Well, I recently did!

16 minute travel full of sounds, visuals (if you have a great imagination!) and smells!

Smell was the most important part of this journey, since I was present at the Scent Concert conducted by the LA based Institute of Art and Olfaction at the Hammer Museum in the Beverly Hills.

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before …

We all know that nothing impacts our memory deeper than a sense of smell. If a woman passes by wearing a perfume that your mom used to wear when you were a child, your childhood experience vividly comes alive in your memory.

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The science behind…

Scents are very powerful since they affect us on our subconscious level and get stored in our psyche.  Scents have a power to seduce as well as repel, so masterfully using the power of the fragrance was the focal point of this event.

Scent Concert started from Black blindfolds that we needed to put on. Then all of a sudden we start hearing all the airport noises, announcements, someone unzipping their bag nearby, a baby crying etc… and intoxicating smell of perfumes filled the air, like at the duty free store.

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Before the “flight”

Next Scene was on the plane, flying business class and hearing how champagne is popping and stewardess is demonstrating safety procedures. It followed by a relaxing long flight enveloped in a luxurious perfume.

Third act was arriving at the Tokyo airport and getting on a Metro (the most efficient way to get from the Airport to the city), and sounds change:people were walking fast, eating, joking, hurrying, dropping change… and smells moved as rapidly as people.

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With the curators of the event: Saskia Wilson-Brown and Allison Agslen

Finally we have arrived at the Luxury hotel in Tokyo, and we  didn’t even needed to hear anything because the smell announced luxury by itself. For a moment we were so cocooned in the entire experience that it almost felt real, for that time we were there in Tokyo, experiencing that 5 star hotel…

The only regret was when I woke up ,that  it only  lasted  16 minutes!

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All pictures are curtesy of Sophie Lee, who invited me to this unforgettable event.

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12 thoughts on “Travel from LA to Tokyo in 16 min!

  1. Evelina, I think that this is a wonderful experience that you had! Many times I have read that those that are visually impaired report that their other input senses (smell, hearing, taste) have somehow been heightened and are more acute in response to the lack of the visual sense. A few years ago, I began teaching myself to use my left hand more that I had before (I was “trained” right-handed in school). Things like, brushing my teeth, shaking hands, etc. The idea was to (literally) help balance out the brain and give the physical left side some input capabilities. Your experience at the Institute of Art and Olfaction is a great example that practising sensory deprivation of one input source can (and often will) heighten the other senses’ performance; and the result is much broader, richer experience that one might have had before using eyesight as the main input source. Much like when we close our eyes for meditation, our world truly does come alive. Beautiful work, Evelina – well-written, and I’m glad that you had such an experience! Thank you for sharing with us (:

  2. Wow sounds so cool !! by the way, I’m back to blogging – you may remember me from A Blooming Dream but my url is now wolfandwang.wordpress.com. I’m not sure if my posts still show up on your reader so if you want to, you could maybe unfollow and follow again? That should do the trick. It would be much appreciated x

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