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Immigration Museum Tokyo
IMM2021 Multinational Art Exhibition・“Seeing Us: Living in Japan with Roots Overseas”

  • Art Project ,
  • Exhibition / Screening ,
  • Lecture / Symposium

Though the Tokyo 2020 Olympics have come to an end, we continue to live with our actions restricted due to COVID-19. Similarly, the lives of more that 2.8 million foreign residents in Japan carry greater burdens than we do. The Olympics did not become an opportunity to reflect on their lives. However, that does not mean we have lost sight of their imagination. I think this is precisely the era in which Immigration Museum Tokyo (IMM Tokyo) can steer attention to these residents and the messages they send. Last year in 2020, IMM Tokyo was planning to celebrate its 10th anniversary by holding an exhibition titled Seeing Us: Living in Japan with Roots Overseas, which was ultimately shifted online due to the pandemic. Adding and editing contents from last year, this exhibition will be held on-site and fully realized.

Shigeaki Iwai (Artist; Director, Immigration Museum Tokyo)


  1. An Art Exhibition by Shigeaki Iwai and Guest Artists
    What perspectives on migration, immigration, and multicultural society in contemporary Japan do artists have when creating their works? Shigeaki Iwai as IMM Tokyo director invites 3 guest artists— Akira Takayama, Ai Iwane and JongOk Ri—to illuminate their approaches to contemporary art.
    Participating Artists: Akira Takayama, Ai Iwane, Ri Jong Ok, Shigeaki Iwai
  2. An Open Call Exhibition by Artists with Roots Overseas
    This “Open Call Exhibition” features artwork by people with roots overseas. We received over 100 entries to our open call for artwork expressing the feelings and interests in the daily lives of those with roots overseas living throughout Japan, from both professional artists and enthusiasts. About 30 artworks—from elaborate handicraft to everyday photos, and artistic expressions combining cultures—will be exhibited at the venue, providing a glimpse into the imaginations of each creator.
  3. An Exhibition Introducing the Activities of Organizations working with Multicultural Society
    Japan has many different organizations exploring multicultural society, a number of which actively integrate arts and culture. Here, we introduce these organizations as they continue their activities towards realizing each of their envisioned landscapes in contemporary society.
    Spatial design: L PACK.
  4. Citizen Researchers “IMM Neighbors”
    Immigration Museum Tokyo is realized together with its citizen members, “IMM Neighbors”. IMM Neighbors includes members from multiple generations and diverse backgrounds, such as students, working people, international students who are active as artists, and others interested in multicultural society and international relations. These members consider the topic of multicultural society while carrying out regular meetings, lectures, and fieldwork. Stemming from their monthly meetings, the members will report on their day-to-day activities and develop a project intersecting with this exhibition.



*Admission may be restricted if the venue is crowded. For the latest information will be released at this website.
*Related events will be held during the exhibition. Details of the events will be announced on this website.
*Please note that the above information is subject to change depending on the situation of COVID-19.

Open Call Exhibition: Artist Talk

38 works of art from all over Japan are on display in the open call space on the 2nd floor of BUoY.
Exhibitors will talk about their works and daily activities at the venue. We hope that this will be a good opportunity for participants to exchange ideas and opinions with each other and with the people involved to IMM Tokyo. We look forward to seeing you there!

Saturday, December 25, 2021
Time: 15:00-16:30 (tentative)
Venue: Kitasenju BUoY 2nd floor gallery (49-11, Senju-Nakacho, Adachi-ku, Tokyo)
Guests:Golmaryam Masood Ansari, Lyle Nisenholz, INHO and others (tentative)
Facilitator: Shigeaki Iwai (Artist, Director of Immigration Museum Tokyo)
Capacity: 15 people (no registration required, first-come, first-served on the day)
Entry: Free

*Japanese and English
*Please note that the above information is subject to change depending on the situation of COVID-19.


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)


Kitasenju BUoY, Nakacho House


Organized by
Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture), Tokyo University of the Arts (the Faculty of Music and the Graduate School of Global Arts), OTOMACHI PROJECT (NPO), Adachi City
Supported y\by
THE ASAHI SHIMBUN FOUNDATION, The Kao Foundation for Arts and Sciences, Fukutake Foundation, TOKYO GEIDAI “I LOVE YOU” project"