Guru Guru Mix is a creative classroom where children and adults gather together in the context of many encounters and produce “play.” Adults of various ages and occupations join as staff or guests, and over the course of a year they create a “mix” space while regularly communicating with children through the medium of play. The year-long program, made up of 17 twice-monthly sessions, is geared to the progress of the children’s development and is carried out in three terms. Every child’s expressive ambitions are respected. Instead of emphasizing technical training or the completion of tasks, we draw out curiosity through a process of “play” that engages children’s interest. We endeavor to create an environment in which children experience with all their senses many discoveries and inventions, while encountering various materials and works.
Kentaro Onishi, who was born in 1985, is a performer who continually seeks “dance” in encountering the charms of different places, people and customs. After graduating from Tokyo University of the Arts Graduate School, Onishi made the Yanaka neighborhood of Tokyo’s Taito-ku his activity base, and gave performances in alleys, in front of houses, on shopping streets, etc. Since 2011 he has served as facilitator and general director of “Guru Guru Mix,” a creative classroom for children organized by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Tokyo Culture Creation Project (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture), and Yanaka no Okatte.
Yananaka no Okatte
Uenosakuragi 2-23-8,Taitoku,Tokyo 110-0002
Taito Hatsune Kindergarten
(Taito City, Tokyo)