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Tokyo Project Study 1 "Creating in Tokyo"

  • Art Project ,
  • Lecture / Symposium

Questioning assumptions, verbalizing, recognizing your “core”

We are launching a forum for thought experiments that reexamine the mental “axis” and “mindset” you have when you face things or encounter others.
What is the necessity of creating something in Tokyo? From the starting point of “creating in Tokyo,” this program is an attempt to towards learning from practical experience, through in-depth dialog based on the issues and interests of each participant.
Questioning assumptions is something we don’t ordinarily find easy to talk about, even if we know its importance in arts and culture. Repeatedly focusing our thoughts, listening, verbalizing and sharing with other people are things that tend to be neglected in the face of the daily grind.
Now is the time to reexamine “creating.” Repeated discussion with participants from diverse backgrounds will provoke confusion at the difference in each other’s ideas and give a sense of each other’s fluctuating thoughts, but at the same time it will develop your core approach to creating.


Natsuki Ishigami (Playwright / Pepin Structural Designs / President, Places and Narratives (NPO ) / Director, The CAVE)
Study Manager: Tae Yoshihara (Program officer, Arts Council Tokyo)

Target participants

– People intending to tackle a new project.
– People currently facing challenges in their aim of developing a project.
– People with doubts about the necessity of the project.
– People who wants to reconsider the very notion of creating.

*Any expressive form or environment such as art, movies, music, theater, architecture and cuisine.
*Any age or nationality (participants should however be able to communicate in Japanese).
*Not limited to people working in Tokyo.

Participation fee

General 30,000 yen, students 20,000 yen
*Does not include transportation expenses for fieldwork and other activities.


About 10 persons

Scheduled dates of activities

Dates of activities for first Tokyo Project Study
Friday, September 21 Saturday, September 22
*The date has been changed.

Regular discussion
Friday, October 26, Friday, November 16, Saturday, December 15, 2018
Friday, January 11, Friday, February 1, 2019
Fridays 19:00 – 21:30, Saturdays 13:00 – 17:00

Sunday, February 24, 2019
*Guest talks and field work will be conducted according to the progress of the Study program. Participants to be consulted regarding schedule. Metropolitan locations planned. Transportation costs to be borne by participants.
*Schedule may be subject to change.

– There will be a monthly regular discussion meeting for all project participants.
– After each discussion, participants must write an essay (about seven in total) in order to organize their ideas and questions, and record changes in their thinking.
– We plan to conduct guest talks and field work. Participants to be consulted regarding schedule. Metropolitan locations planned. Transportation costs to be borne by participants.
– Activities will be based at ROOM 302. Project participants can conduct independent activities here during ROOM 302 opening hours.

How to apply

Please use the application form here.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Selection schedule
Saturday, August 4, 2018 13:00 – 15:00: Briefing
(Please see here for details and how to apply)
Monday, August 27 – Sunday, September 2, 2018: Screening
*After the document screening we may contact you by Skype or telephone.
Around Monday, September 3, 2018: Notification of results


Project Coordination Division,
Arts Council Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture
TEL: 03-6256-8435(Weekday 10:00-18:00)


Arts Council Tokyo ROOM 302 (6-11-14 Sotokanda, Chiyoda-Ku, Tokyo [3331 Arts Chiyoda])


Organized by
Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture)