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Open Studio (October)

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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 October

Open days
October 5, 8, 9, 15, 27, 2023

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:October 5, 27, 2023, 11:00-17:00
Free admission, no reservation required

Program: Art Manager PARTY

For this event, we invite guests with art-related jobs at public institutions or as freelancers to speak about their work, how they got started, their personal interests, etc. At the end of the event, there might even be dancing! Please come along if you are a student or working adult interested in art-related work, or an artist/someone involved in art who is looking for similar people to create and run projects together. We hope this event will help you learn about specific art-related work and foster relationships that enable you to share your work and concerns going forward.

Guests: Yuka Kubota, Shunsuke Sakurai, Ayumi Seki

Date/time:October 8, 2023, 14:00-15:30
Capacity:around 10
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:October 9, 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.

【Sumi-log】 “Archive pot luck party with Erika”

At Gate Studio we keep flyers and records collected under the Sumi-log project, in which we look at an archive of cultural activities in Sumida-ku. Project initiator Erika Yonezawa has collected these items with the help of the local community, based on her desire to not let local events be forgotten.
In addition to looking at materials collected to date, we will also look back on the first half of 2023, which should provide the first step towards thinking about the archive from a close-to-home perspective. In this program, we would like you to join us in looking back on events held in 2023. For this leisurely and relaxed gathering, we will bring in flyers for events we went to or wanted to go to this year, chat about events, exchange information about notable events, and much more.

Date/time:October 15, 2023, 11:00-17:00
Participation fee:Free
Free admission, no reservation required

If you have any flyers for cultural events held in Sumida-ku in 2023, please bring them along. Of course, we also welcome flyers from before 2023.


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)