[Report and Announcement of Exhibition] Create and Connect! - Shinjuku Art Project -


“Okubo Art Project”

The Japan Foundation has been conducting art workshops for children of different cultural backgrounds and local residents since 2009 through the innovative and creative project “Collaborated Projects with Shinjuku-ku”. “Okubo Art Project” based in Okubo took place in 2010 and 2011.

“PhoToMo”, “Video Production: Summer of the Youth”, “Photo Map” and “Amazing & Exciting Room” were held with participation by renowned artists as a part of art workshop series to aim at connecting communities in Okubo through power of culture and passing down the memory of the local communities to the next generation.



his project focuses on building an environment to foster close cooperation among the residents of different cultural backgrounds through artistic activities and to help enjoy their cultural diversity by sharing common experiences. This kind of exchange project is expected to promote communications among the residents and function as breakthrough to overcome a sense of alienation and stagnation felt in the Japanese society, which will in the end serve as a motivation for children, who will go back to their home countries in the future, to continuously hold sympathy toward Japan. 

Their sympathy to Japan will deepen understanding of Japan by other countries, and will result in maintaining the friendly relationship with countries in the world.

This project will be extended as “Shinjuku Art Project” in collaboration with Shinjuku-based NPO organizations, Shinjuku ward-run organizations and artists in 2012, and hold various kinds of art workshops by inviting the local residents of wider generations and workshop instructors as a groundbreaking challenge if exchange among people of different cultural backgrounds contributes to the rejuvenation and development of the communities.


Display of Works Produced at Workshop

Works produced at the video co-production workshop of this project, and Okubo Art Project will be screened and showcased on the occasion of “Invitation to an International Symposium on Intercultural Cities in Asia and Europe Communicate, Collaborate, and Create: Our Communities for Tomorrow”

Date January 18 (Wed.) to January 24 (Tue.), 2012
Venue The Japan Foundation Headquarters 2nd Floor JFIC Lounge
(4-4-1 Yotsuya, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo, 5-minute walk from Yotsuyasanchome Sta. of Tokyo Metro Marunouchi Line)
Display Works produced at "Video Co-production Workshop" in 2009 and "Okubo Art Project" in 2010 and 2011
  • Video Production, Video Map
    Hiroaki Sato, Katsuyuki Hattori, Eiji Azuma, Kotaro Tanaka, Yohei Kurosaki
  • PhoToMo
    Mikio Itozaki
  • Amazing & Exciting Room
    Misao Ushijima, Toyo Matsubara(TondeKarashizuka), Yasushi Suzuki (Tsurune)
  • Photo Book
    Yuuki Kuwabara

※This exhibition will also be held at Satoshi Koyama Gallery from January 30 (Mon.) to February 4 (Sat.).

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