A feast of NFT art, CAWA TOKYO 2022 begins as part of Asia-wide event

Crypto Art Week Asia Tokyo 2022 (CAWA TOKYO 2022) is showcasing NFT artworks from Japanese creators in a large exhibition, along with talk sessions, a contest and DJ party to be held on both virtual and physical venues till October 8.

The event is part of the Crypto Art Week Asia (CAWA), an Asia-wide NFT art festival that began on September 27 and includes creators from the region. More than 120 artists take part, including mera takeru, Satoshi Miyachi and Kazuki Takakura.

CAWA TOKYO 2022 will be staged at both physical venues in Tokyo and virtual venues in the metaverse.

The physical venues include DMM Azabu Satellite (Nishiazabu, Minato-ku) and RED° TOKYO TOWER (Shibakoen, Minato-ku) in Tokyo, where gallery exhibitions and talk sessions will be held.

The RED° TOKYO TOWER will host a NFT project pitch competition and a DJ party in a cyber space shown on a giant 4-sided LED screen stage, where visitors can enjoy NFT art with visual effects.


NFT art from the public will be exhibited at NOX GALLERY (Tomigaya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo), a co-sponsor of the event. Meanwhile, more than 100 virtual venues on metaverse will be set up throughout CAWA, with each connected by links.

Mari Asada (marimosphere), a member of the CAWA TOKYO Organizing Committee, said, “Many artists in Japan are presenting high-quality NFT art. We would like to introduce them to the rest of the world.”

Initiated in Singapore, CAWA aims to strengthen the cryptoart community while celebrating new and revolutionary technologies.

The tagline for this year’s event is “2021 was mad 2022 will be madness.” It aims to explore a new creator economy by bringing together artists, fans and collectors from different countries through art and music.

A virtual venue on the metaverse

As is typical of NFT art festivals, VIP passes can be purchased as NFTs and can be used for all events during the festival. Visitors can also obtain commemorative NFTs for admission at the venues. 

One objective of the event is to blend the digital and physical worlds.  

Asada said: “Online and offline, the experience of coming into contact with art is different. At the physical venue, we can give visitors a rich experience of being in a gallery filled with real art.” 

“An offline event has another advantage that is the opportunity to hear background stories directly from the artists at talk sessions and to interact with them at parties.”

“I would be happy if CAWA TOKYO could become a bridge for Japanese artists to go abroad and a place where various collaborations could be born,” Asada added.