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Immigration Museum Tokyo
Lecture Series: “The power of art in a multicultural society”

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Thinking together about the present for foreigners living in Japan, from the perspective of multiculturalization and art

Did you know that Japan is a multicultural society? Although many foreigners already live around us, not many Japanese realize it. How can art engage with these “invisible” foreigners? The Immigration Museum Tokyo has developed unique art practices with, and concerning, foreigners. Museum officials have invited guests experimenting in various forms of expression, and put together a lecture series in which guests discuss the possibilities for art in a multicultural society. If you are involved in support for foreign nationals or international exchange, or if you are interested in the relationship between art and society, we look forward to your attendance.

*Details for Lectures 4 and 5 will be posted online shortly.

Project direction: Yang Chunting
Project operation: Yeung Tinshui, Sanghae Kwon, Ito Mana

Lecture 1: (Talk) The invisible foreigners in a nation belatedly engaging with immigration

Hiroki Mochizuki is the editor of web magazine Nippon Fukuzatsu Kikou (“Japan’s complex journey”) and Shigeaki Iwai is an art project supervisor at the Immigration Museum Tokyo. In this session these two creatives involved in raising the visibility of foreigners in Japan talk about their vision for this visibility going forward.

Date/time: Saturday, July 27, 2019 13:30 – 16:00
Venue: Senju Campus, Tokyo University of the Arts
Capacity: 40 (first-come-first-served, priority given to people who have reserved in advance)
Fee: Free


Hiroki Mochizuki
Editor of Nippon Fukuzatsu Kikou

Shigeaki Iwai
Artist, supervisor at Immigration Museum Tokyo

Lecture 2: (Talk) Korean creative artists in Japan

This discussion starts from the point of view of an established group of foreign residents. Dialogue between sociologist Han and artist Lee focuses on the ethnic identity of Koreans (particularly North Koreans) living in Japan.
With particular reference to Han’s artistic activities, our guests re-examine the significance of self-expression by foreign residents.

Date/time: Sunday, July 28, 2019 13:30 – 16:00
Venue: Senju Campus, Tokyo University of the Arts
Capacity: 40 (first-come-first-served, priority given to people who have reserved in advance)
Fee: Free


Han, Tong-hyon
Sociologist, Associate Professor at Japan Institute of the Moving Image

Lee Jong Ok

Lecture 3: (Documentary film screening and talk) “Journey to be continued”

Many children with foreign roots struggle to find their place in Japanese society and find it difficult to forge an identity for themselves. Many demonstrate how they approach the conflicts they experience through various forms of expression such as the plastic arts, documentary filmmaking and media. We invite attendees to focus on young foreign residents through each of these practices, and deepen their understanding of a symbiotic multicultural society

Date/time: Saturday, September 14, 2019 13:30 – 16:30
Venue: Senju Campus, Tokyo University of the Arts
Capacity: 40 (first-come-first-served, priority given to people who have reserved in advance)
Fee: Free


Asako Taki
Executive director of NPO Art Resources Development Association (ARDA)

Shigeaki Iwai
Artist, supervisor at Immigration Museum Tokyo

“Journey to be continued”(67-minute video / 2017)
Directed by Shigeaki Iwai
(C) NPO Kani International Exchange Association
Kani City in Gifu Prefecture is home to many foreign workers and their families. The city runs support classes to help children from a foreign background to go on to high school. Featuring director Iwai’s unique artistic approach, this film is a record of his attempts to talk with young people attending these classes.

How to apply

Send an e-mail to with the subject line “Lecture” and include (1) your name, (2) the number of participants, (3) your preferred program (you may attend multiple lectures ), (4) contact details (telephone and e-mail address).

You can also apply online using the contact form. Please indicate the program you wish to attend in the Remarks column.

*If applicants exceed capacity, we will give priority to people who have applied for more than two lectures.
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Art Access Adachi: Downtown Senju-Connecting through Sound Art Office
Contact Form: Please contact via the contact form on the official website.
Tel: 03-6806-1740 (13:00 – 18:00 except Tuesday and Thursday)


Tokyo University of the Arts, Senju Campus (1-25-1 Senju, Adachi-ku, Tokyo)
5-minute walk from Kitasenju Station (JR Joban Line, Tokyo Metro Chiyoda Line / Hibiya Line, Tobu Skytree Line, Tsukuba Express)
*No parking available. Please use public transportation.


Organized by
Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture), Tokyo University of the Arts Faculty of Music, OTOMACHI PROJECT(NPO), Adachi City
(Lecture 3) Co-organized by
NPO Art Resources Development Association