Why Nihonbashi and Kyobashi is a town of art?
A land deeply connected to art,
The Kyobashi/Nihonbashi area in Chuo Ward, Tokyo, has been home to about 150 specialty stores since the postwar period, including antiques, crafts, Japanese paintings, modern paintings, sculptures, and prints. Many celebrities and people involved in art museums have sought art in this area as an "art town" with long-established antique shops and galleries.
In recent years there has been an increased level of interest in classical art, antiques and painting across a wide spectrum of age-groups in Japan. The number of art fans and collectors is on the rise. Nevertheless, chances to actually experience such art pieces directly are rare. Some people report interest in such items, but do not know how to go about building their own collections, while others find they have to work up courage just to enter the somewhat imposing environments of some art galleries and dealers.
Spring art event
About Tokyo Art & Antiques
"Tokyo Art &Antiques - Nihonbashi/Kyobashi Art Festival" is one of the largest gallery-based art events in Japan. It started in 1998 as "Nihonbashi/Kyobashi Antiques Festival" and has been held once or twice. Since 2010, we have continued our activities under the new name.
Taking advantage of the locality, instead of looking at the artworks through the glass, we actually hold them in our hands, touch them, talk with the galleries and artists who have a deep knowledge and affection for art, and pass on the charm to the present age.
Our aim is to provide an opportunity for many people, regardless of their age, knowledge, or origin, to experience art and antiques firsthand and thereby become acquainted with the joys of art. We hold many events and exhibitions for visitors to enjoy. Visitors are welcomed, and it's free, no reservation is needed. Just drop by Kyobashi or Nihonbashi in Tokyo and visit the galleries. We hope that this will be an opportunity for everyone to feel the connection to art.
Brief details of each year
|2010||74 galleries, Talk event (Yutaka Mino / Takashi Murakami / Tomio Koyama / Nameko Shinsan), Gallery tour (Kenta Oka, Judit Kawaguchi)|
|2011||67 galleries, Talk event (Akira Nako / Shino Ikenami), Live Ikebana event (Norio Takeuchi), Gallery talk (Mayuyama & Co., Ltd. / Shouun / HIRANO KOTOKEN), Artist workshop|
|2012||65 galleries, Live Ikebana event (Norio Takeuchi), Gallery talk (Mayuyama & Co., Ltd. / Shouun Oriental Art / T.EDO INOUYE & SON oriental art / GALERIE ETOILE / Gallery KOCHUKYO Co.Ltd.)|
|2013||70 galleries, Gallery tours, Gallery talk (Mayuyama & Co., Ltd. / SHIKISAISHA / GALERIE ETOILE), Live event (HANABAKO), Exhibitions (17 galleries)|
|2014||78 galleries, Gallery tour (Keisuke Aoyagi / Shinya Shirasu ), Gallery talk (Mayuyama & Co., Ltd.), Workshop (Gallery Awazu), Exhibitions (24 galleries)|
|2015||86 galleries, Gallery talk (Mayuyama & Co., Ltd. / WABP), Workshop (Gallery Awazu), Exhibitions (51 galleries)|
|2016||79 galleries,Talk Event (Ritsuko Yano / Sarah Sato), Gallery talk (Mayuyama & Co., Ltd. / Maruzen, Nihonbashi, 3rd Floor Gallery), Charity Auction, Exhibitions (48 galleries)|
|2017||86 galleries, Gallery talk (Mayuyama & Co., Ltd. / Maruzen, Nihonbashi, 3rd Floor Gallery / Shouun Oriental Art), Charity Auction, Exhibitions (55 galleries)|
|2018||89 galleries, Gallery talk (Mayuyama & Co., Ltd.), Talk Event (Guest speaker: Masaaki Arakawa, MC: Tadashi Kawashima), Charity Auction, Exhibitions (52 galleries)|
|2019||96 galleries, Gallery talk (Mayuyama & Co., Ltd.), Collaboration event "LIFE WITH KOGEI" and information booth with "Hale marche", artist workshop, Charity auction, Exhibitions (56 galleries)|
|2020||Event was canceled due to the state of emergency declaration. 97 galleries, Space coordination event by Yumiko Sato, Charity auction, gallery talk, exhibitions by 60 galleries were scheduled.
Cooperated with "Kottodori MAP" issued by Toda Corporation.
|2021||The event was canceled.|
|2022||83 galleries and 1 group, Exhibitions (59 galleries), online exhibition.
Sponsorship: General Incorporated Association Kyobashi Saiku Area Management, Kyobashi Edogrand Management Association, Chuo FM Radio City, Tokyo Tatemono Co., Ltd., Toda Corporation
|2023||85 galleries and 1 group, Charity auction, Exhibitions (54 galleries), online exhibition.
Special talk event (guest: Toshinobu Yasumura, director of Hokusai-kan Museum and deputy director of Seikado Bunko Art Museum MC: Tadashi Kawashima, president of Mayuyama & Co., Ltd.)
Sponsorship: artscape, General Incorporated Association Kyobashi Saiku Area Management, Kyobashi Edogrand Management Association, Chuo FM Radio City, Tokyo Tatemono Co., Ltd., Toda Corporation
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