Waterside Music Hall (Ueno Park outdoor stage)

Series of talks where participating artists take turns to introduce about the various projects that they are currently engaged in

Artists will come together in one place as they participate in the ARTS TIME PROJECT, an art program undertaken by the Implementation Committee for New Concept “Ueno, a Global Capital of Culture” and Arts Council Tokyo (Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture), as part of UENOYES, a project with social inclusion as its theme. We will be holding events which, through talks and other activities, share with people the possibilities of UENOYES, which has risen from a diversity of relationships built from acts of expression and the new attraction of a town that activities in Ueno have uncovered.


Now, a group of young artists, who have been progressing energetically in their activities both at home and abroad, on top of several months’ research at various locations in Ueno, and with the cooperation of those living in the area and working at welfare institutions, have been creating new work for UENOYES. We’ll show you a new Ueno, as understood from the perspective of artists who are connecting people with people, and places with places.

Nozomu OGAWA (Director of ARTS TIME PROJECT)


No reservation


Nov. 24, 2018
10:30am – 5:00pm (door opens: 10:00)


Ueno Park outdoor stage (Waterside Music Hall)


Free of charge
Free access

Free childcare services are available during the Balloon Days #2 (23, 24, 25 Nov.).

Conducted by

Katsuhiko HIBINO (General Producer of UENOYES )
Nozomu OGAWA (Director of ARTS TIME PROJECT)



Opening Choral Performance
Sing Park Harmonia

Torus Vil. (Kimiya SATO, Mayu GONTO, Kazuya ZENZAI, Arisa YOKOTE)



Opening remarks

Katsuhiko HIBINO   General Producer of UENOYES
Nozomu OGAWA   Director of ARTS TIME PROJECT



Artwork creators present the story of a historical building, artists, and researchers coming together
The Secret Story of the Rabbit’s Birth & the History of the Former Hakubutsukan-Dōbutsuen Station

Akiko SAKATA   Artist
Shirotama HITSUJIYA   Artistic director at Yubiwa Hotel
Kent MORI   Ph.D. assistant researcher at Department of Zoology, National Museum of Nature and Science
Toru MORI   NPO Ueno no Mori Geijutsu Forum Chairman
Yuichiro TAKIGUCHI   Passenger Service Division, Keisei Electric Railway
Yasuhiro YOSHINO   Director of Construction Division, Keisei Electric Railway



About the History and Future of Yanaka, an Art-Promoting Town
What is “Liberated District Yanaka?”

Akiko SHIHARA   Vice chair of the Taito Historical & Cultural Society
Shizuo TSUBUKU   Organizer of
Reiichi NOGUCHI   Organizer of
Koji MASAMUNE   Artist



A Demonstration March by Children?!
Children’s Pride

Takayuki YAMAMOTO   Artist



Locals & Artists Play Music Together
What is the “Ueno Imperial Records” Web Project?

Aya MOMOSE+Satoshi NISHIZAWA   Artist
Masahiro Kayano   Secretary General of Ueno Tourism Federation
Yasumasa Igarashi   Associate Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Tsukuba



What has artist Maiko JINUSHI seen in the scenery of the graveyard?
Where Do We Go (When We Die)?

Maiko JINUSHI   Artist



Newcomers H Sokerissa! teach
UENOYES Calisthenics

Yuki AOKI   Dancer *Appearance in the video
Newcomers H Sokerissa!   Dance group



A Chance to Have Playtime with Artists
Shinobazoo Dance

Naoyuki SAKAI   Dancer
Staff of Futaba Musashigaoka Gakuen



Report on the progress of Fuyuka SHINDO’s research on regional history and culture
From Here to There, From There to Here, From Sapporo to Ueno — Where Are We?

Fuyuka SHINDO   Artist



Introducing Participating Artists for February’s BALLOON DAYS

Masahiro WADA   Artist



“Konnichiwa” for the First Time in 25 Years

Mikito KIHO   Former curator of the Nagoya City Art Museum



An art program with the theme of disaster prevention and food supervised by artist, Toru Koyamada
Let’s Invent “Play” With Cardboard


* Program is subject to change.


* The information of the Artists can be found below.


NPO Ueno no Mori Geijutsu Forum Chairman. Born in Ibaraki Prefecture in 1950. Graduated from revised graduate course in architecture at Waseda University’s Faculty of Science and Engineering in 1976. With the evolution and revitalization of the former museum and zoo station project at the core, he is working with the aim of conducting activities of social contribution, facing new methods of preservation and revitalization—creating rich artistic urban spaces in Ueno and the surrounding areas, as an urban cultural legacy for the future.


Regional planner. Vice chair of the Taito Cultural & Historical Society. Graduated from the Tokyo University of the Arts Graduate School in 1989, and became an administrator of the community planning group Yanaka School that year. From 1989 to 1995 at the Yamate Planning Cabin, she was involved in urban planning and design in order to revitalize the history of Yokohama and Shonan. In 2000, she completed the coursework (without degree) for the doctoral program in environmental design at Tokyo University of the Arts Graduate School. Starting that year, she became a part-time lecturer at the university’s Graduate School of Conservation, in its Buildings and Districts lab. In 2001, she supported the establishment of the Taito Cultural & Historical Society. She works to open and maintain older buildings from the Meiji, Taisho and Showa periods (1868-1989) as living spaces, shops, and artistic hubs, such as the Ichida Family House, the Denchu Hirakushi House and Atelier, Sankenma, the Kayaba Coffee House, and Ueno Sakuragi Atari. She became president of the Sho Culture Research Institute in 2004, and participated in the establishment of Machiakarisha Inc. in 2018. She works in community development, revitalizing historic buildings and the culture of daily life in the Yanaka, Nezu, and Negishi areas. She has also co-authored Rojikara no Machizukuri (“Community Development Starting in the Alleys”) and Uketsugareru Sumai (“Inherited Houses”), among others.


After her early retirement from working in a department store, she has been participating in art-Link Ueno-Yanaka as a volunteer since 2003. She has been fascinated by the excitement of the process of everyone’s plans coming to fruition, as well as by art and the city, leading her to where she is today. Some of the main projects organized by her and the executive committee include the Gacha-Gacha Project in 2003, Butai-biyori (“a perfect day for theater”) in 2007, the advanced screening of Herb & Dorothy in 2010, Ichiza Konryu (“creating unity”) in 2011, Rojihen (“setting down the path”) in 2012, “The Power of Photography Restored” in 2013, and Tea Nouveau, held simultaneously with the Tokyo Suki Fes in 2017.


art-Link Ueno-Yanaka Executive Committee Member. Graduated with a master’s degree from Tokyo University of the Arts. From 1993 to 1996, he was Associate Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, and from 1996 to 2004, the Associate Curator of the University Museum at Tokyo University of the Arts. Since 1997, he has also been a member of the art-Link Ueno-Yanaka Executive Committee. Beginning in 2004 he worked as a Specialist for the Arts for the Agency for Cultural Affairs; his work there involved overseas training, planning for the DOMANI: The Art of Tomorrow Exhibition, and media arts festivals. Since 2011, he has worked as curator for the Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum in Tokyo.

Masahiro KAYANO

Secretary General of Ueno,Tourism Federation. Born and raised in Ueno. After graduating from university and then working for a trading company, he inherited the family shop. In 2007, he became director of the Ueno Tourism Federation, and is involved in tourism promotion and management. Currently, he is progressively responding to the rapidly-expanding field of tourism.


Associate Professor at University of Tsukuba, Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Associate Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Tsukuba, in urban and regional sociology. In addition to his hands-on work in community development of Ueno and his home of Kashiwa since his days as a student, he has also been involved in communications concerning the agricultural and fishing industries in Fukushima following the nuclear accident.
His major writings include Genpatsujiko to Shoku (“Nuclear Accidents & Food”; Chuko Shinsho, 2018), jobancentrism (coeditor, Kawade Shobo Shinsha, 2015), and Minna de Kimeta Anshin no Katachi &emdash; Post-3.11 no Chisanchishou wo Sagashita Kashiwa no Ichinen (“The Shape of Everyone’s Peace of Mind: Kashiwa’s One Year Search for Local Food Post-3/11”, coauthor, Akishobo, 2012), among others.

Mikito KIHO

Former curator of the Nagoya City Art Museum. Born in 1957. He is currently a part-time lecturer at Tokyo University of the Arts (Aesthetics and Art History, Western Art History).


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