Sumida River Sumi-Yume Art Project

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What Is “Sumiyume”?
“The Sumida River Sumi-Yume Art Project” (popularly known as “Sumiyume”) began in 2016 on the occasion of the opening of the Sumida Hokusai Museum. Katsushika Hokusai, an artist who pursued a universe of phenomena, spent the 90 years of his life in the Sumida area. Like little ink-painted dreams colored in by people from various walks of life, we aim to paint the Sumida area in vivid colors while connecting people who are active not only in the arts and culture, but in all types of expression.
With autumn as the main program period, we have thus far solicited projects on the principal themes of the Sumida River and Hokusai—two important Sumida-area resources—and carried out diverse activities in such locations as boats and waterside terraces, parks, shopping districts, and unused facilities. We also form human networks and encourage cooperative activities by holding the “Sumiyume Dance Parade,” an event bringing together participating groups and local people; and a monthly “Gathering” promoting information exchange and interaction.
In 2019, the 170th anniversary of Hokusai’s death, the 4th “Sumiyume” will focus attention on the global subject Hokusai and the quintessential Tokyo river, the Sumida. The project will further enhance the area’s appeal through programs that embody the unique “Sumida” spirit. Aiming at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics Para, aiming to communicate and exchange local attractions through culture, it is also certified by beyond2020. Everyone is welcome!

Sumiyume 2019 Project Outline
Period: Sunday, September 1 – Wednesday, December 25, 2019
Venues: Sumida River Terrace, Sumida Park Gallery SASAYA, Ryogoku Monten Hall, YKK 60bldg. AZ1 Hall, Sumida Lifelong Learning Center, parks and more…

Organized by: Sumiyume Executive Committee, Sumida City
Supported by: YKK Corporation,
Arts Council Tokyo, Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture

Programs & Events

【1】 “Sumiyume Dance Parade”
Inspired by the Hokusai work “Dance Parade,” a “DJ Bon-Dance Event” produced by Yuichi Kishino will be held on Sakurabashi Bridge, which spans the Sumida River. In addition, shadow play artist Koheisai Kawamura will put on a new work created with area residents on the themes of Hokusai and water.

 Sakurabashi Bon Dance
Dates: Sunday, September 22, 16:00-20:00
Venue: Sakurabashi Bridge

 Shadow Play Performance: A Circle of Oil and Water
Dates: Sunday, September 29, 18:00-19:00
Venue: Midoricho Park, Sumida Hokusai Museum Lecture Room, 2-7-2, Kamezawa, Sumida-ku, Tokyo

【2】 KOSUGE1-16 “Dondoko! Giant Paper Sumo Wrestling – Ryogoku Sumiyume Tournament”
The participatory project “Dondoko! Giant Paper Sumo Wrestling Tournament” will be held in Ryogoku, the home ground of professional sumo. Giant paper wrestlers will be created at a traveling workshop held in “sumo stables” set up in different parts of Sumida-ku. In the final-round tournament, wrestlers from each stable will come together and compete in league matches and a tournament match, and then a winner will be selected.

Date: Sunday, October 13, 13:00-16:30
Final round venue: AZ1 Hall, YKK60 Building, 3-22-1, Kamezawa, Sumida-ku, Tokyo

【3】 Yasuhiro Suzuki “Ship of the Zipper”
Artist Yasuhiro Suzuki is known for creating works that provide a fresh take on familiar everyday landscapes and change the way we see things. One of his best known creations, the “Ship of the Zipper,” will sail on the Sumida River. As it plies the Sumida, which today serves as an urban boundary line, the zipper ship will open and connect the river’s surface.

Period: Saturday, November 2 – Sunday, November 10, 12:00-14:00
Location: Sumida River between Azumabashi and Sakurabashi

Open call projects
Projects on the themes “Sumida River” and “Hokusai” will be solicited through an open call. The projects selected through a screening process will be carried out in various locations in Sumida-ku during the main period.

Dates: Sunday, September 1 – Manday, September 3, 17:30-26:00
Venue: Bremen café, 3-12-6, Shin-ohashi, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Event: Sunday, September 15

【5】 Ryogokubashi Art Center
 Nokisaki (Portico) Information Center
Dates: Sunday, September 1 – Wednesday, December 25
Venue: Ryogoku Monten Hall, 1-3-9, Ryogoku, Sumida-ku, Tokyo

 Sumida River Street piano 2019
Dates: Saturday, October 5 – Sunday, October 6, 13:00-18:00
Venue: Sumida River Terrace, under the Ryogoku-bashi

 Ryogoku-Kinshicho Gallery & Art Space Strolling Map Project
Dates: Wednesday, October 16, 19:00-
Venue: Ryogoku Monten Hall

【6】 Immerse Yourself in Edo! Blooming, Bounding, Feeling—Smiling towards the Future
Dates: Saturday, September 28, 11:00-20:00 – Sunday, September 29, 11:00-15:00
Venue: Former Mukojima Junior High School (playground & gym), 4-18-9, Higashi-Mukojima, Sumida-ku, Tokyo

【7】 NICOS Night Parade
Dates: Sunday, October 6, 16:00-19:20
Venue: Sumida City Koume Elementary School gym), 2-4-10, Mukojima, Sumida-ku, Tokyo

【8】 Hokusai Matsuri
 Candle Illumination
Dates: Saturday, October 5, 16:30-20:00
Venue: Ohyokogawa Shinsui Park, 4-5, Kamwzawa, Sumida-ku, Tokyo

 Hokusai Matsuri
Dates: Sunday, October 19, 10:00-20:00
Venue: Midoricho Park, Sumida Hokusai Museum Lecture Room, 2-7-2, Kamezawa, Sumida-ku, Tokyo, Hokusai-dori street between Ryogoku and Kinshicho

【9】 Let’s build a bridge of voices at Sumida River “Yoo-hoo”!
Dates: Monday, October 14, 14:00-, 16:00-
Meeting place: Sumida River Terrace, under the overpass in front of Uruoi Hiroba (public space)

【10】 Mukojima International Design Workshop 2019 Orientation
Dates: Sunday, October 13, 15:00-
Meeting place: Tobu Hikifune station

【11】 Rakugo & Daikagura – children’s class and presentation
Dates: Sunday, November 17, 10:00-17:00
Venue: Ryogoku Monten Hall, 1-3-9, Ryogoku, Sumida-ku, Tokyo

【12】 “Ama-no-jaku” (Stories between Hands and Ears)
Dates: Sunday, November 11
Venue: TOKYO SKYTREE, 1-1-2, Oshiage, Sumida-ku, Tokyo

【13】 Poem of a Colonnade
Dates: Saturday, November 23 – Sunday, November 24
Venue: Next to Hojo Engineering Firm, 3-22-10, Higashi-Mukojima, Sumida-ku, Tokyo

【14】 Grownups can play, too! Make “zubombo” paper animals and characters!
Dates: Saturday, November 23 – Sunday, November 24
Venue: Mochizuki Printing Co.,Ltd., 1-6-2, Narihira, Sumida-ku, Tokyo

【15】 Dream Theatre Anthology East – Sumida Story
Dates: Friday, December 13 – Sunday, December 15
Venue: Sumida Park Studio SASAYA, 1-1-10, Yokokawa, Sumida-ku, Tokyo

【16】EAST MEETS EAST (Songs from the heart – Japan and Korea)
Dates: Saturday, December 14
Venue:Sumida Sangyo Kaikan Halll, 3-9-10, Kotobashi, Sumida-ku, Tokyo

【17】Sumida City Musical – “Hokusai Rapsodia”
Dates: Saturday, December 14 – Tuesday, December 17
Venue: Edo-Tokyo Museum Hall, 1-4-1, Yokoami, Sumida-ku, Tokyo

【18】 Undercurrent
Dates: Saturday, December 14 – Tuesday, December 17
Venue: AZ1 Hall, YKK60 Building, 3-22-1, Kamezawa, Sumida-ku, Tokyo


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