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2020 U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Fellowship Program

  • Organization : International House of Japan
  • Section : Support for Overseas Artistic Creation in Tokyo
  • Type of Grant Program : Single


  • Exhibition: Tabi Wa Sumika -Journey Itself Home
    July 27 (Tue) – August 8 (Sun), 2021* *will close at 3pm on the last day
    Setagaya Art Museum, Citizen’s Gallery B (10:00 a.m. – 6 p.m., closed on Mondays)
    Free admission

Artists: marksearch (Sue Mark & Bruce Douglas), Hiroyuki Abe, and Natsuka Endo

A poetic act of radical caring to mark the 10th anniversary of the 311 Fukushima Disaster.

A team of Japanese and American artists developed a virtual process to engage with young adults in the Tohoku region when it was not safe to travel. Using a trusted relational network, they recorded stories about safety, strength, and hopes for the future. From these recorded voices, the artists have created sonic haiku that is amplified through a trio of interactive, mobile sound monuments in the shape of tsunami stones. The monuments were displayed in various places in Tokyo.

On July 31 and August 7, a performance will be held in front of the museum with the works. (Cancelled in case of rain)


  • Karate x Technology Concert “KATA”
    To be presented online in the summer of 2021.
  • Nichi Bei Kids Public Art Project
    To be presented online in the summer of 2021.
  • Artistic Restaurant Exploring Sustainability
    To be presented online in the summer of 2021.
  • Street Dance Meets Japanese Contemporary: Japan-U.S. Dance Collaboration
    To be presented online in the summer of 2021.

Organizers: Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts
Co-Organizer: International House of Japan
Supported by Arts Council Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture / Asahi Shimbun Foundation / United States-Japan Foundation
In collaboration with Japan’s Agency for Cultural Affairs, Setagaya City and Setagaya Art Museum


【International House of Japan】
The International House of Japan is a private, non-profit organization established in 1952 for the purpose of promoting international mutual understanding through cultural exchange and intellectual cooperation. Since 1978, the House co-organizes the U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Fellowship Program in collaboration with two independent federal agencies: Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission, which aims to bring visibility to the importance of the U.S.-Japan relationship and strengthen mutual understanding between Japan and the United States, and the National Endowment for the Arts, whose funding and support gives Americans the opportunity to participate in the arts and develop their creative capacities.


Manami Maeda
Arts Program Coordination Manager
International House of Japan
Roppongi 5-11-16, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0032
Tel: +81-(0)3-3470-9115 (9am-5pm Weekdays)
Fax: +81-(0)3-3470-3170
E-mail: ihj-arts@i-house.or.jp