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Exhibition “Stories of war in Tokyo: A family listens”

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The family is our closest reality. But while you may have been told or may have heard about eras and events before you were born, coming from a close relation there may have been things they couldn’t tell you, or things you wanted to know but couldn’t bring yourself to ask. Through the example of a family that includes someone with direct experience of war, this exhibition provides a forum for display and dialogue that organizers hope will encourage people to think about legacy within a family.

Seventy-four years have passed since the war in question ended. That the number of people who lived through it is getting smaller also means that soon there won’t be any opportunity to pass on wartime stories across generations through the voices of those who experienced war directly. The family is our closest framework for communicating experiences to the next generation.
This is the city that experienced the Bombing of Tokyo firebombing raid. Within the city’s countless homes, one wonders how family members have been told about this and other wartime experiences, and how the stories have been received. What hasn’t been told, and what has been left out?

For this exhibition, the children and grandchildren of someone with personal experience of the war discuss with exhibition organizers what they still want to find out or ask at this point in time, and the family member is then interviewed. Organizers hope this will generate new narratives as a practice, and demonstrate the work itself of passing family memories and stories down, encouraging visitors to join them in giving more thought to the issue of legacy for the future.

*This project is being implemented as part of Tokyo Art Research Lab’s Research & Development program, “Research Assemble 1: Art as a technique to face up to disaster.”
*The program is subject to change.


*Reservation is not required.

Related events

Gallery tour
Guided tour of the exhibition with commentary by organizers.
Date/time: Saturday, September 21, 2019 14:00 – 15:00
Navigators: Kanako Yanagawa (katatsumuri), Mina Isozaki (NOOK)
Capacity: 15 (no reservation required)

Public meeting “Thinking about legacy for the future”
Members of katatsumuri and NOOK come together and discuss future activities on the exhibition’s theme of the legacy of events, based on reflections gleaned from the implementation of this project.
Date/time: Saturday, September 21, 2019 15:00 – 18;00
Capacity: 15 (no reservation required / unrestricted access)

Philosophy Café
Under the theme of what you can and can’t ask your family about, participants expand ideas and thoughts through dialogue.
Date/time: Sunday, September 22, 2019 15:00 – 17:00
Facilitator: Madoka Yagi (katatsumuri)
Capacity: 15 (no reservation required)


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)
Planned and operated by
NOOK(general incorporated association)