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Tokyo Project Study 3 ‘Home’ in Tokyo

  • Art Project ,
  • Lecture / Symposium

Living through certainty and uncertainty

What brings about a sense of somewhere being one’s “home”?
It may be something that develops as you lead your life, engaging with other people, living things and objects.
On the other hand, you sometimes lose that sense through changes in relationships and unforeseen events.
Seen in this way, we might say a sense of “home” is full of change and possibility, fluctuating between certainty and uncertainty.

Tokyo is a fluid city with Japan’s highest rate of urban mobility. People live in Tokyo for a variety of reasons: school or college, family circumstances, work, disaster-related migration, etc. What does “home” mean for these people, and what does it comprise? We focus on the daily practices of people who get by in different environments and conditions by creating a sense of“home”for themselves. Under this Study program, we learn approaches and methods for understanding what “home” means for oneself and others, and create a video work related to this concept.

Image: The Bibash family living in a Tokyo housing complex celebrate the Nepalese festival of Dashain (October 11, 2016).
Photographer: Kana Ohashi


Kana Ohashi (video ethnographer)

Guests: Fumitoshi Kato (sociologist / Professor, Faculty of Environment and Information Studies, Keio University)
Akihiko Iwasa (Professor, Faculty of Engineering and Design, Department of Architecture, Hosei University / Doctor of Engineering / 1st-class qualified Architect / Specialist in architectural planning)
Miho Tominaga and Takahito Ito (tomito architecture)
Daijiro Mizuno (Design researcher /Specially appointed professor, KYOTO Design Lab, Kyoto Institute of Technology)

Documenting/recording: Joyce Lam (Editor)

Study Manager: Rika Uechi (Program officer, Arts Council Tokyo)

Program activity keywords

– Guest talks
– Discussions
– Experimentation
– Fieldwork
– Video production
– Video screening

Target participants

– People who want to respect and learn the way people with different values and ideas live
– People who want to learn about other people’s way of living, and to think about methods and approaches for expressing this on film as they put what they learn into practice
– People excited by the thought of creating a video work in collaboration with the people they meet during this Study program
– People able to work with a camera/mobile device with camera function and a PC (people with no experience of video photography or editing also welcome)

*Outside of program activity days, participants’ time may be required for field work, written record-taking / checking, video editing work, etc.

Participation fee

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


About 10 persons

Dates of activities

Saturday, August 17
Sharing of Navigator’s questions and participants’ backgrounds/motives/issue awareness

Guest talk and discussion
Saturday, August 31, Saturday, September 7, Saturday, September 28
Participants listen to and discuss how the Navigator and guest lecturers view “home”

Saturday, October 5, Saturday, October 26
Examination of what “home” means to you and others, and workshop-format experimental learning with a guest lecturer of different methods for expressing the concept

Conducting fieldwork
Saturday, November 2, Saturday, November 16
Participants conduct fieldwork by incorporating methods learnt through experimentation

Creating a prototype video work
Saturday, December 7, Saturday, December 21
Participants create a video work based on data and knowledge obtained through fieldwork

13:00 – 18:00, Saturday, January 11, 2020
We screen and discuss participants’ video works

*After Saturday, January 11, 2020, we plan to hold screening events for video works with participants.
Activity details are as currently scheduled, and subject to change.

Sharing meetings for project study 1 and 2
Sunday, November 10,2019, Sunday, January 19, 2020
*Sharing meetings will be held jointly with all Study programs.
* Schedule is subject to change.

How to reserve

Please use the application form here.

Sunday, July 21 2019

Selection schedule
Saturday, July 6 2019, 13:00-15:00: Briefing
(Please see here for details and how to apply)
Monday, July 22 – Sunday, July 28 2019: Screening
*After the document screening we may contact you by Skype or telephone.
Monday, July 29 – Wednesday, July 31 2019: 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)