Leisure & Culture #05

An Art-only School: Tokyo 3331 Arts Chiyoda

3331 Arts Chiyoda

Written by RMM

It is particularly relaxing to exchange ideas with other "learners" on the grass in 3331 Arts Chiyoda.
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Not only do we have to study Chinese, English and Mathematics, but we also have to deal with numerous subjects at secondary school; yet subjects like Art and Music that cultivate our inner well-being are not the core. Your eyes would perhaps sparkle when you see Rensei Junior High School in Chiyoda, Tokyo. Actually, this school metamorphosed into 3331 Arts Chiyoda with solely Art as the "subject" in 2010. Freedom now stands as its “school” spirit, and we can roam around this newly artsy cultural "campus" as we like.

This is the Main Gallery of 3331 Arts Chiyoda. You can purchase tickets of the exhibitions that interest you at the Reception.
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The galleries exhibit artworks across the globe. This is one of the portrait paintings featured in a Burmese artist, Aung Ko's "Who Am I? Where Did I Come From?" exhibition.
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3331 Arts Chiyoda is a creative space that encourages sharing between artists and citizens. It goes beyond the border set by traditional art museums. Not just that, it also gathers "learners" with different age, nationality, ability and thoughts to occupy the campus and exchange ideas about culture, art and lifestyle. You can learn more about many artworks from various countries in the galleries. You can also take part in interesting cultural activities, shop for handicrafts and exchange toys inside the campus. After a long walk, give yourself a break, go get charged and exchange ideas about gourmet with food experts at Food Lab 3331 on 1/F; or you can go to read some information about art and sip a coffee at the Lounge. After pleasing your tummy, go on to search for your yesterdays at campus, smell the odour of youth as you wander the corridors and taste the sense of familiarity as you enter the galleries set in the classrooms.

If you are not interested in art, you can go to see Central Kaeru Station – Where Have All These Toys Come From? on 1/F to exchange your toys with others and re-experience childhood.
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This is not like any kind of restaurants, but one that diners can please their tummy and exchange ideas about food with other food experts.
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This center brings people and art closer and breaks the barrier between tradition and innovation at the same time. Just as what its name 3331 suggests, with a number that passes from the Edo period to now, bearing the rich Edo Ippon Tejimehandclap 1 tradition, it leads us to jump out of the bitter frames set to life, so that we can welcome art and happiness to infiltrate into our lives, thereby transforming a "subject" into a celebratory experience.

Naoki Sato is 3331's logo designer. His design idea comes from the Edo period where the Edo Ippon Tejimehandclap tradition started. The 9th beat is pronounced as "ku"(bitter) in Japanese. With the power of creativity, one can drum out the bitterness with just one more beat and add optimism and possibilities in life.
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1 Edo Ippon Tejimehandclap consists of 3 sets of 3 beats (3-3-3) and 1 beat. As the number 9 is pronounced as “Ku”(bitterness) in Japanese, 1 more beat is intentionally added to close off the rhythm, and this symbolizes the attempt to give the celebratory event a happy closing.