Stay, create and present in th heart of Tokyo
In the core of downtown Tokyo, AIR 3331’s facilities sit in one of the most eclectic neighborhoods in Japan called Kanda. The residence is a convenient base between sites of tradition and the ultra-modern. Studios and accommodations have easy access to key areas of the art scene, from quaint galleries nestled in Bakurocho to the diverse and large range of activities happening at every cornerof the city, carried out by the program’s organizers and affiliated creators. With the buzzing electronic district of Akihabara a step away and the Edo spirit embedded in every fabric of the city, the discoveries to be made here are endless.
Take a step behind the excitement of Akihabara and walk along the Kanda River – you will find deep-rooted tradition, starting from the Izumi Bridge marked by willow trees that legend tells us blocked evil spirits from entering Edo Castle, then find retro towel and fabric shops that recall the Iwamotocho area’s history rooted in textile markets. Walk further and you will run into Yushima Seido and Kanda Myojin Shrine - the site of one of Japan's most renowned festivals known as the "Kanda Matsuri". Go deeper and you will find shops passed down over generations, and workshops of traditional craftspeople. Asakusa and Ameyoko markets, as well as historical architectural masterpieces like the Imperial Palace and Tokyo Station are but a stones-throw away.
Explore the cutting-edge spaces of East Tokyo, where AIR 3331 sits among many local revitalization projects, including old bathhouses and apartments that are now galleries and creative spaces. The green, museum-rich Ueno Park is a quick walk from the residence, while nearby small galleries clustered in Bakurocho switch from one unique curation to the next. Every season has its own festivals and events, one being New Year’s rice cake pounding (mochitsuki) – residents are always welcome to join! Look even deeper to find rare and quality materials for artwork production all around...as long as you are willing to search!