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"OUR MUSIC" (4 sessions in total)

  • Music ,
  • Art Project ,
  • Lecture / Symposium

Together with musicians, local residents and students, BLOOMING EAST conducts dialogue, research, experimentation and verification in eastern Tokyo, the backbone of which is the elegant and sophisticated Sumida River. Like creating a bloom of “sonic flowers” in various locations, this project expands the possibilities for music in local communities.

So far we have carried out a series of urban-based experiments with musicians in Tokyo. Putting sound and music into the landscape of everyday life has provided a different view of familiar places, and produced encounters with new sounds and music that differs from the sounds that come out of stage speakers.

Now we are starting a series of study meetings as a forum in which to explore and ponder the possibilities for music in the public arena. What is the difference between sound and music in the first place? Sounds you pay attention to and sounds that you ignore; music that stays in your head, captures your heart and doesn’t let go; music that is precious to some people and nothing but noise to others. How do these differences and distinctions come about? These study meetings will look at the fundamental issues, including questioning whether we need sound in public spaces in the first place.

We expect that these study meetings will enable attendees to meet like-minded people, and together explore BLOOMING EAST and its quest for establishing new landscapes through sound.
A total of four study meeting sessions are planned from December through March. These will not be one-sided lectures, so we want attendees who are able to work with us in thinking about sound and music.

If you want to make something happen in eastern Tokyo, if you’re not satisfied with merely being an onlooker and want to help create the future of culture with your own hands, join us to make “sonic flowers” bloom together.


Session 1 “Sound”
In this session we’ll ponder what sound is, what music is, and the difference between them.
Date/Time: Saturday (public holiday), December 23, 2017 16:00 — 18:00
Venue: Topping East (1F, 2-10-7 Honjo, Sumida-ku, Tokyo)

Session 2 “The listener”
We think about what the act of listening to sound and music means, from the position of wanting to listen to music, and not wanting to listen to it.
Date/Time: Saturday, January 20, 2018 16:00 — 18:00
Venue: Topping East (1F, 2-10-7 Honjo, Sumida-ku, Tokyo)

Session 3 “The public arena”
We consider whether or not it is possible to connect the conflicting elements of music as an essentially private thing with the public arena.
Date/Time: Saturday, February 24, 2018 16:00 — 18:00
Venue: Topping East (1F, 2-10-7 Honjo, Sumida-ku, Tokyo))

Session 4 “OUR MUSIC”
In this session we think about whether it is possible to create music that everyone loves, and how it could be delivered.
Date/Time: Sunday, March 11, 2018 16:00 — 18:00
Venue: Topping East (1F, 2-10-7 Honjo, Sumida-ku, Tokyo)


About 15 people for each session


Free (Advance reservation required)
*We recommend attending all sessions but you may also attend a single session. Please contact the Topping East office for more details.

How to apply

Please fill in the necessary details on the application form here.


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  • Program contents are subject to change.


Topping East office
TEL: 080-9671-7507(11:00-18:00)


Topping East (1F, 2-10-7 Honjo, Sumida-ku)


Organized by
Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Arts Council Tokyo(Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture), Topping East (NPO)