Tokyo Style 2014

Interest for Japanese culture keeps on growing in Sweden. Young people move from Umeå to Japan to get educated in such disparate subjects as video game music and architecture. Many choose Tokyo, a melting pot of new ideas and old traditions. In Tokyo, everything lives simultaneously! Tokyo Style can inspire local designers and institutions, strengthen exchange and generate good relations with Japan during 2014. Design, architecture, gardening, fashion and other areas of culture will be portrayed in various ways in this project. Tokyo Style consists of four disparate public branches:

  • A special issue of the magazine FORM with a Japan-Sweden theme will be published in both Umeå and Tokyo.
  • Tokyo Style opens with PechaKucha night on 7 February with a broad field of local and international creators. Interesting ideas will be formulated in quick presentation format. The concept, which was created by the Tokyo-based architect duo Klein-Dytham, empowers the public conversation. Four PechaKucha nights, on different themes, will be held during the capital of culture year.
  • A Japanese moss garden will be created in collaboration with Teruo Kurosaki. The Komatsu Prefecture of Japan and Komatsu Forest are important partners. The moss garden, which is a low-key, poetic form of cultivation, will be designed by a Japanese garden architect, assisted by local competence in a chosen spot in Umeå. Read more about the Japanese Mossgarden and the two architechural works Koja.
Svensk Form will be coordinating these projects along side with local and Japanese partners.

Organizer: Svensk Form
Contact: Anna Sjöberg
Project Manager
anna.sjoberg@umea.se
+46 70 175 75 40
Ewa Kumlin
+46 8-463 31 39
ewa.kumlin@svenskform.se

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