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Tokyo Project Study 1: On co-existing bodies and thought

  • Art Project ,
  • Lecture / Symposium

For encountering others in Tokyo

When you are trying to start up a project with somebody, you reconcile with each other’s vision and consider how to create something together through a process of discussion, by understanding the differences in thinking and point of view. This involves people with different experiences in a cultural, social and also physical sense communicating with a clear image of each other’s differences and experiences in mind.
This is an everyday scene on the ground at art projects. And it’s no exaggeration to say that projects are enriched by the intensity and intimacy of such communication, and experience of time spent together.
Communication is not limited to words; rather, we believe it is the non-verbal realm of body language using facial expressions, gestures, tone of voice, movements and spacing which substantially impacts, amplifies and supports daily communication.
Venture out to meet somebody. Talk together, making eye contact, sensing the other person’s breathing, and watching their un-meditated gestures and behavior. In an environment where we haven’t been able to do something so simple and commonsensical for a long time, we feel there is a need to think anew about communication and physicality.
In this Study, participants will touch upon the world of professionals who incorporate the physical in different ways, joining photographers, dancers and interpreters (of language/ideas) in exploring approaches to communication that do not rely on verbal expression, and thinking about the possibilities therein.

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Hajime Kato (photographer), Mai Nagumo (performer, artist), Natsumi Wada (interpreter)

Sign language interpreting
Yuka Tanaka (sign language interpreter), Yoko Yonaiyama (playwright/director/ sign language interpreter for theater)

Kazuhiro Kimura (playwright/editor/writer)

Study Manager
Tae Yoshihara (Program Officer, Arts Council Tokyo)

Program activity keywords

– Workshops (the body, viewpoints)
– Research
– Discussion
– Essay writing

Target participants

-People trying to engage in planning or projects related to communication and the body such as physical expression and body language
-People who want to reexamine aspects of communication
-People with a variety of special skills
*Any expressive form or specialty such as art, film, music, theater, architecture, and cuisine.
*Any age or nationality.
*Not limited to people working in Tokyo.


There will be a monthly regular discussion meeting for all project participants.
After each discussion, participants compose a piece of writing (essay, diary entry, etc.) in order to organize their ideas and questions, and record changes in their thinking.
We plan to hold guest talks (details to be shared at a later date).
For the time being project activities will take place online, but depending on circumstances we may hold activities in Arts Council Tokyo ROOM 302, 3331 Arts Chiyoda. Project participants may hold independent activities in ROOM 302 (advance reservation required).


About 6 persons

Participation fee

General 30,000 yen, students 20,000/for approx. 8 months
*Does not include transportation expenses for fieldwork and other activities.

Dates of activities

Sunday, August 23 Session 1 “Nice to meet you” guidance
Sunday, September 13 Session 2 Workshop
Sunday, October 4 Session 3 Workshop
Saturday, October 31 Session 4 Discussion
Saturday, November 14 Joint sharing session 1
Saturday, November 28 Session 5 Guest talk (1)
Sunday, December 6 Session 6 Guest talk (2)
Sunday, December 20 Session 7 Guest talk (3)
Sunday, January 10 Session 8 Discussion
Sunday, January 31 Joint sharing session 2
Sunday, February 7 Session 9 Summary

*Schedule / details are subject to change.
*Sharing sessions will be held jointly with all Study programs.
*From February through March there may be work related to summary /creation of deliverables.

How to apply

Please use the application form here. The application is closed.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020 18:00

*Priority will be given to people able to attend all dates of activities and joint sharing sessions
* How we hold project activities – face-to-face, online or such like – will be determined as occasion calls, based on the situation with coronavirus and any accompanying social measures.
*Please note that after the project has begun, there will be no refunds due to cancellation of attendance.
*Program details are subject to change.
*Your personal information will be used only to send you information from the organizer about this project.

Selection schedule
Saturday, August 8 – Monday, August 10 (public holiday): Selection period
*After the document screening we may contact you online or by telephone.
Around Wednesday, August 12: Notification of results


TARL office
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]) and others


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