What we do

Future Topography in Motion, Tama Cleaving Art Meeting

A project in which each individual reconsiders the way of life at their feet by exploring the “topography” of the Tama region. The Artfull Action (NPO), which collaborated with the Tokyo Artpoint Project from 2011 to 2020, provide an intermediary support function in the Tama region, running projects in collaboration with various organizations such as elementary schools and children’s homes.


Tama region


Organized by
Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture), Artfull Action (NPO)

Events Information

Zaishirabe Arts and Crafts - Thinking About Techniques and Materials

This program is chiefly aimed at arts and crafts teaching staff at elementary schools in the Tama region. Through the provision of natural materials and large-sized material that would be difficult for individuals to obtain, and through the planning and implementation of workshops on traditional technologies, techniques, materials and ICT (information and communications technology), we will create opportunities that encourage the expansion of artistic expression and the plastic arts in classes. In addition to the acquisition of technology, students will be able to improve their knowledge concerning the spread and role of technology and its historical background.

In partnership with each institution, we will organize and archive information on materials and technologies as well as images and details of workshops and classes, building a network with teaching staff and the community.
-Minamidai Elementary School, Higashimurayama: collaborative class “The Power of Trees”
-Joint workshop with Higashimurayama Shikyoken (education research seminar) “Materials obtainable from surrounding nature” and “Craftmaking in harmony with the body #1 (Bamboo)
-Workshop to collect bamboo in Onta, Higashimurayama
-Joint workshops with the Tama Region Drawing and Craft Study Group
“Searching for Familiar Sounds and Expressions” (Lecturer: Motohiro Sunouchi, Sapporo City University)
“How to look at a region (where we live) through observation of the landscape” (Lecturer: Shunsuke Hirose, Landscape Designer)
In addition, we conducted research on the work environment for arts and crafts, based on interviews with teaching staff specializing in arts and crafts at elementary schools in the Tama region.

Visiting Yuzuriha : Spending time with those involved in social care

Centering around the staff from group home, the social welfare corporation Futaba Musashigaoka Gakuen, we create occasions for spending the days relaxing your shoulders and enjoying leisurely encounters with the people next to you through music, dance and moderate exercises to relax the mind and body.
Guests: Setsu Hanasaki (Theater Practitioner, Noguchi Taiso Instructor), Takumi Matsumura (Musician), Maho Harada (Dancer)

Drawing a Future Topographical Map of Tama Together : Seeing Tokyo as a Frontier from the Outside

A series of workshops consisting of fieldwork and lectures.
In the fieldwork section, to deepen their understanding of what sort of fieldwork is essential for activities in the region and how to put this into practice, workshop participants find their own fields, think of approaches for tackling them and what methods to use, guided by the activities of our guest artist.
In the lecture section, in order to develop our awareness of events, our perspectives, and our initiatives, we invite guests working in the fields of Minamata disease, Hansen’s disease, and social care, providing a forum for listening and discussion.
In the latter half of the year, participants will work on research and creation in their respective fields while keeping up with fieldwork and lectures.


Lecture 1, September 16, 2021
“Thank you for being alive: developing peace of mind and fun together”
Ami Takahashi (Director of Yuzuriha, a social welfare corporation for children)

Lecture 2, October 8, 2021
“Communicating fluctuation and conflict: counseling today for Minamata disease patients”
Michi Nagano (Staff member, Soshisha, support center for Minamata disease)

Lecture 3, November 6, 2021
“Paintings done at a sanatorium for Hansen’s disease: Looking at works by the Kinyokai painting group of National Sanatorium Kikuchi Keifuen”
Tetsuya Kimura (Curator, The National Hansen’s Disease Museum)

Lecture 4, December 7, 2021
“Discovering connections in division: Art Projects “Tsunagari no Ie” and “Tabi Jizo”
Nobuyuki Takahashi (Professor, Aichi University of the Arts)

Lecture 5, January 14, 2022
What does it mean to “be who you want to be”? – Being involved in the planning and implementation of “Kamaball””
Nagisa Matsumoto (Staff member, NPO Kamagasaki Shien Kiko, occasional staff member at
NPO The Room for Voice, Words and Hearts (cocoroom))

Lecture 6, February 8, 2022
“Theater for facing old age, dementia, and death”
Naoki Sugawara (Leader of Aging and Theater “OiBokkeShi,” careworker)

Fieldwork (with guest artist, photographer Yuki Toyoda)
Session 1, September 29, 2021
“Taking pictures in the Kuroiwa district: creating “Ametsuchi no Kotozute””

Session 2, October 23, 2021
“Life in Kuroiwa: spending time with the residents of the Kuroiwa area”

Session 3, November 27, 2021
“Working in the Tama region ① Starting research”

Session 4, December 25, 2021
“Working in the Tama region ② Tama New Town and Horinouchi”

Session 5, January 22, 2022
“REBORN Project” Sakamoto exhibition ① – From the Sakamoto Reconstruction Shopping Street”

Session 6, February 25, 2022
“REBORN Project” Sakamoto exhibition ② – The exhibition and after”

Session 7, March 12, 2022
“Contact sheets, etc.: How to record findings/insights from fieldwork and research”


In order to recognize the place where we stand and where we belong from a multi-level and multifaceted perspective, each participant will gradually attempt to think about, learn about, and reconsider the various elements that accumulate in a locale such as the soil, nature, history, culture, life, people, etc. About twice a month, we will bring, share, and discuss what we have researched independently.


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