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To see is to believe?

Since ancient times, it has been said that "Seeing is believing; hearing is deceiving", suggesting that the eyes are our most reliable sensory organ. However, does the world that we see truly represent the way things actually are? Can it be possible that the irrepressible and lively human soul somehow relinquishes all creativity upon approaching its windows, abruptly becoming modest and reserved? To both these questions, the answer is a definite "No", and the gap between sight and reality was first noticed and utilized by the great artists of human society. Even from the jade craftsmanship of the Warring States period to the Han Dynasty (475 BCE-220 CE), more than two thousand years from the present day, it is possible to discern that the creators of such works were already familiar with the peculiarities of human sight, and utilized this accordingly to produce a variety of illusory effects. Their masterly artistic achievements are presented in Exhibition Hall 303.

By contrast, Exhibition Hall 300 approaches the gap between "vision" and "reality" from a scientific perspective. Dr. Kokichi Sugihara, Professor Emeritus of the University of Tokyo and Specially Appointed Professor of Meiji University, has devoted a lifetime to exploring a standardized and algorithmic expression of visual illusions, and is a pioneer of modern artificial intelligence (AI). However, the fruits of Dr. Sugihara’s research are not limited to mathematical formulas, but have also been transformed into fascinating models and images. Take a moment now, and allow Dr. Sugihara’s remarkable works to lead your soul in a spellbinding windowside waltz!

  • Intersecting Circles and Intersecting Squares
  • Capricious Pipes
  • Ambiguous Net Basket 1
  • Arrow Facing Opposite Directions
  • Wave and Grass
  • Multi-Level Crossing of Stairs