An art festival held in a traditional downtown shitamachi area where the elegant and atmospheric“nagaya” row house culture lives on. Neighborly traditions survive even now in Tokyo’s Sumida Mukojima district, which lived through the ravages of war and which has continued to evolve in its own unique way alongside its traditional “nagaya culture.” With coronavirus calling into question the relationship between people, space and time, we decided to hold an experiential art event, Sumida Mukojima EXPO 2020.
The area-wide exhibition event made use of approximately 40 locations including Sumida Lifetime Learning Center, Shichiken-Nagaya, Oguraya, around 20 nagaya row houses and art spaces, and spaces under the eaves of around 18 houses.
【Sumida Mukojima EXPO 2020 executive committee】
For the Kyojima Nagaya 82 Days Project held over 82 days from January 2018, we held various events centering around 29 nagaya row houses set to be demolished plus four symposiums on nagaya, providing momentum for other projects. The 2019 Mukojima Design Workshop was held from September through December 2019, laying the groundwork for the EXPO project. Sumida Mukojima EXPO 2020 took place from September 2020.
Sumida Mukojima EXPO 2020 executive committee
Approximately 40 locations in the Hikifune area of Sumida-ku (Sumida Lifetime Learning Center Yutoria, Shichiken-Nagaya, Oguraya, around 20 nagaya row houses and art spaces, spaces under the eaves of around 18 houses)