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Tokyo Project Study 3 Cross Way Tokyo

  • Art Project ,
  • Lecture / Symposium

Engaging with others from different backgrounds through self-transformation

When we try to communicate with people who have different roots from us, many people seem to feel some sort of hurdle. Recently, with talk of“immigrants”and “refugees”and news items relating to people originating from overseas on the rise, even if our intention is to“respect diversity” we don’t have the opportunities to actively engage with the issue, or when we are actually in a position to do so, we shrink back from it.
In the city of Tokyo, home to people from a variety of backgrounds, everyone surely passes by people with different roots on a daily basis. If we want to engage with people like these, how can we build a relationship? Perhaps there are things that we can put into practice as an extension of the everyday, and not just meet people through specialized skills or events
This Study program begins with relaxing our thinking, trying to figure out the elements acting as hurdles within ourselves when we try to engage with people from different backgrounds. Participants will attempt to overhaul their own way of thinking through media creation that draws together the attitudes and practices needed to overcome the hurdles inside us. This will involve a process of inputs and outputs, putting things in writing, or taking another look at the neighborhood around them.

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Kota Abe (designer/specialist in cultural anthropology)

Operations staff
Hiroyuki Sumi (non-fiction writer), Yutaka Hara (service designer, creative director), Yasuhiro Moriuchi (filmmaker, movie director, director of Rakuda Studio)

Study manager
Rika Uechi (Program Officer, Arts Council Tokyo)

Program activity keywords

– Discussion
– Guest talks
– Fieldwork
– Media design/design
– Immigration
– Others
– Cultural anthropology

Target participants

– People who are interested in immigrants, people from overseas and themes relating to them, but who have not had the feelings or the experience allowing them to get properly involved before
– People interested in communicating their experiences through media creation – published matter, web-based, etc.
-People who can engage in project activities with respect for different ideas and values.


– In a series of guest talks, fieldwork and discussions, we repeatedly face the elements acting as hurdles within ourselves when we try to engage with people from different backgrounds.
– Participants output what they have thought and practiced through the Study project using their own unique form of expression. The aim at the end is for participants to communicate their individual output in the form of media.
– For the time being project activities will take place online, but depending on the 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 8 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

Saturday, August 22 13:00 – 17:00 Session 1 Self-introduction/discussion
Saturday, September 5 13:00 – 17:00 Session 2 Lecture Guest: Shuko Ebihara (director of NPO kuriya, interpreter)
Saturday, September 26 13:00 – 17:00 Session 3 Discussion/tasks
Saturday, October 10 10:00 – 17:00 Session 4 Lecture/Workshop Guest:Shion Kanemura (writer/essayist)
Saturday, October 24 13:00 – 17:00 Session 5 Discussion/tasks
Saturday, November 14 Joint sharing session 1
Saturday, November 21 10:00 – 17:00 Session 6 Lecture/Workshop Guest:Itsushi Kawase (visual anthropologist)
Saturday, December 5 10:00 – 17:00 Session 7 Workshop
Saturday, December 19 13:00 – 17:00 Session 8 Discussion/tasks
Saturday, January 9 10:00 – 17:00 Session 9 Workshop
Saturday, January 23 10:00 – 17:00 Session 10 Media creation
Sunday, January 31 Joint sharing session 2
Saturday, February 13 10:00 – 17:00 Session 11 Media creation
Saturday, February 27 13:00 – 20:00 Session 12 Review

*Activity times include independent work and breaks.
*We may alter schedules and times depending on Study project progress.
*There may be work related to summary/creation of deliverables in March.

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)