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Sumida River Sumi-Yume Art Project

  • Organization : Sumida River Sumi-Yume Art Project Executive Committee
  • Section : Symbolic Projects Setting the Flag of Tokyo Tokyo FESTIVAL
  • Type of Grant Program : Single


The Sumida River Sumi-Yume Art Project (Sumi-Yume for short) began in 2016 when the Sumida Hokusai Museum first opened. Organizers hope the project will make the area, where Katsushika Hokusai spent his 90 years, a bustling and lively place. The project will gather together people engaging in not only art and culture but all the various forms of creative expression; people who will develop project ideas that make full use of the area’s various resources and places.
With Hokusai and the Sumida River as its key themes, the essentially two-pronged Sumi-Yume project will comprise an open call to solicit and then actualize diverse project proposals from the public, as well as impactful sponsored initiatives. Sponsored events include (1)”Sumi-Yume Odori Dance Procession” featuring the“Sumida River wa-odori circle dance”(provisional title), a bon-odori dance event put together by Yuichi Kishino, and a shadow puppetry performance by Koheisai Kawamura; (2)the participatory project “Dondoko! Giant Paper Sumo Wrestling – Ryogoku Sumi-Yume Tournament” by artist unit KOSUGE1-16, which will tour around four places in Sumida City and hold its Honbasho Main Tournament in Ryogoku; and (3)”Zipper Boat,” the seminal work by contemporary artist Yasuhiro Suzuki, which will sail along the Sumida River.


【Sumida River Sumi-Yume Art Project Executive Committee】
Sumida-ku has in the past been the location for art initiatives that utilize the area’s resources, such as citizen-led cultural activities and the“Sumida River Art Project.”The Sumi-Yume project, which has inherited these activities and their networks of people, was launched for the opening of the Sumida Hokusai Museum. Committee members come from associated organizations such as Sumida-ku government, the Sumida-ku Tourism Association and Tokyo Metropolitan Park Association. The Committee also comprises people who have been actively involved in art in Sumida-kuor its neighboring wards. The Sumida-ku Cultural Promotion Foundation will serve as secretariat.


Chie Okada
Local Culture Support Section, Sumida Arts Foundation
Sumida River Sumi-Yume Art Project Executive Committee
2-3, Kinshi 1-chome, Sumida-ku, Tokyo 130-0013
Tel: +81-(0)3-5608-5446
Fax: +81-(0)3-5608-1289
E-mail: sumiyume@sumida-bunka.jp


(1)Sumida River wa-odori circle dance: Sakurabashi (planned) / Shadow puppetry performance: Midoricho Park, Sumida Hokusai Museum Lecture Room
(2)Tour: Higashi-mukojima, Kirakira Tachibana, Kamezawa, Higashi-komagata / Honbasho Main Tournament: AZ 1 Hall, YKK60 Building
(3)Sumida River: Round trip from Azumabashi – Sakurabashi