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Open Studio (September)

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Gate Studio is the activity hub for the project “Fantasia! Fantasia!: A community where lifestyles are made real” (“Fan Fan”). We are holding an Open Studio event so that as many people as possible can enjoy Fan Fan’s activities.

Visitors will be able to see the publications and project-related books that Fan Fan has produced to date, as well as archival materials for cultural projects that have been held in Sumida-ku.Please enjoy Fan Fan’s unique Open Studio browsing through a book, chatting with the people there, or on occasion making things with your hands.

Open Studio in September

Open days
September 7, 10, 14, 17, 18, 21, 25, 2023
11:00-17:00 (Except September 10, 13:00-15:00)

Gate Studio (5-23-3 Higashimukojima, Sumida-ku, Tokyo)

Free admission, no reservation required
*For some programs a fee will be charged, and priority given to those with reservations.
*Programs are subject to change.
*Your personal information will be handled as strictly confidential and used only for the operation of this event and to send you information from the organizer.

Program: Study room of a curator aiming to be a social worker

Curator and Fan Fan director Akira Aoki is currently at university studying for a social welfare qualification.
In addition to working on day-to-day matters related to his university course, Aoki will be presenting Fan Fan research exploring the connections between community welfare and art, in the form of a “study room.”
Everyone is welcome to stop by and enjoy getting their head down for some study, or sharing a leisurely exchange of opinion on welfare and art.

Date/time:September 7, 14, 21, 2023, 11:00-17:00
Free admission, no reservation required

Program: Social event “Sanaburi” with Project Team “Nozarashi”

The three-person project team “Nozarashi” comprising artist Haruya Nakajima, architect Kengo Sato, and curator Akira Aoki will host social event “Sanaburi” for thinking about the formation of exchange hubs for various cultural forms such as art, architecture, literature, music, welfare, and agriculture.

Date/time:September 10, 2023, 13:00-15:00
Free admission, no reservation required

Program: (Practical session): Thinking about how to make Gate Studio open and accessible Creating a map of accessible “restrooms for everyone” in the local area

Using FanFan’s base Gate Studio as an example, this program involves considering and practising the delivery of information on alternative spaces and the ideal workings of a base, with a variety of visitors to Gate Studio in mind. Last time, we thought about the issue of Gate Studio’s restroom being on the second floor. People who have difficulty climbing stairs may come to Gate Studio, so we ascertained whether there were any other restrooms in the area we can direct them to, and checked routes from the station to Gate Studio, etc. Based on this research, in this session we will create a local area map and guide for posting on the FanFan website.

Date/time:September 17, 2023, 13:00-17:00
Free admission, no reservation required

Program: (Workshop) Having fun with RISO printing

This is an accessible program offering both those who have tried printed with a Risograph (aka RISO) and those who haven’t the chance to print things using this digital printing system. You can choose what you want to make and apply your creativity to making either business cards, zines (a personalized booklet based on the creator’s subjects of interest), message cards, or collage posters. A member of staff will be on hand to help so there is no need to worry if you don’t know how to use the RISO machine. We can also offer advice on what to make.

Date/time:September 18, 25, 2023, 13:00-15:00
Participation fee:1,000 yen/18 years and under: 500 yen (cash payment on the day)
Capacity:8 per session((first-come-first-served basis priority, given to those with advance reservations)
How to participate: please use the application form here.

-The duration is approximately 60-90 minutes.
-All formats will entail two-color printing on one side.
-The zine will be a booklet of 10cm x 15cm x 6 pages.
-Posters will be A4 or A3 size.
-You can create one print type and take home three printed sheets. Please note we will keep one copy at Fantasia! Fantasia! Office.
-You can choose from several types of paper available at the event.
-You can choose two out of five colors of ink (black, red, blue, green, yellow)
-You may also bring in material (paper documents). No provision for digital data.
-We would appreciate it if you could give us newspapers, magazines, flyers etc. that are no longer needed which we can use as material.


Fantasia! Fantasia! Office


Gate Studio (5-23-3 Higashimukojima, Sumida-ku, Tokyo)


Organized by
Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture), Gate (General Incorporated Association)