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Open Studio (November)

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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 November

Open days
November 5, 19, 23, 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|Thinking about how to make Gate Studio open and accessible “Book club for learning about the world of the visually impaired”

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. For this meeting, we are holding a book club session in which we will read “Me no mienai hito wa sekai o dou mite iru no ka”
(“How do the visually impaired view the world?”) (Asa Ito/Kobunsha), in order to learn how visually impaired people perceive the world. Each chapter will be divided between participants for them to read to themselves before sharing the contents of their chapter with each other and discussing their impressions. As we read the book, we will take our time discussing things such as what we have learned, realized, and remembered.

Date/time:Sunday, November 5, 2023 14:00-15:30
Participation fee:Free
How to participate:No reservation required. Please come to Gate Studio.
What to bring:If you have the book, please bring it with you. If you don’t, it’s fine to not bring anything.

Program|Workshop “Making ZINE! Delve into the things you like and which interest you, and turn them into a ZINE”

Descriptions of a favorite book; music recommendations; photos on your smartphone. Why do you like these? Why do they interest you? Together with another person you will delve into the things you like and which interest you and compile them as a ZINE booklet.
There is no set way to make a ZINE. As well as usable equipment/tools supplied by Fan Fan, you are free to bring in any equipment or material you like and to take your time producing your ZINE. When you create a ZINE looking at other ZINES as reference and working with your hands as you chat to other participants, that one ZINE is sure to lead to varied interaction and discovery.

Date/time:Sunday, November 19, 2023 13:00-16:00
Participation fee:2,000yen
Capacity:4(first-come-first-served basis priority, given to those with advance reservations)

How to participate: please use the application form here.

Equipment/tools you can use:paper, colored pencils, markers, pens, colored paper, scissors, box cutters, glue, masking tape, and a Risograph.

-ZINES will be created using A4 size paper
-ZINES will be created by hand, or by using a Risograph
-The Risograph can print up to 6 pages. (Example: Front and back printing of 3 x A4 size pieces of paper)
-You can choose two out of five colors of ink (black, red, blue, green, yellow)
-You can take home up to ten Risograph printed sheets (this may vary depending on the ZINE shape). Please note we will keep one copy at Fantasia! Fantasia! Office.
-You can choose from several types of paper available at the event.
-You may also bring in pre-prepared material such as hand-drawn illustrations, photographs, and digital data you want to print out.
-We would appreciate it if you could give us newspapers, magazines, flyers etc. that are no longer needed which we can use as material.

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

Fan Fan director and curator 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.” Please stop by to enjoy getting your head down for some study or sharing a leisurely exchange of opinion on welfare and art.

Date/time:Thursday, November 23, 2023 11:00-17:00
Participation fee:Free
No reservation required, admission at any time


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)