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Corporate Information

Company Name    Art Tokyo Association  (nonprofit general incorporated association)

Date Founded       May 1st, 2015
Address                4F 1-9-12 Azabudai Minato-ku Tokyo 106-0041, Japan             
                                  TEL +81-(0)3-5797-7912 / FAX +81-(0)3-5797-7913

                                  6 minutes’ walk from Kamiyacho Station on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line
                                  9 minutes’ walk from Akabanebashi Station on the Toei Oedo Line
                                  9 minutes’ walk from Roppongi-itchome Station on the Tokyo Metro Nanboku Line


Address                4F 1-9-12 Azabudai Minato-ku Tokyo 106-0041, Japan             
                                  TEL +81-(0)3-5797-7912 / FAX +81-(0)3-5797-7913

                                  6 minutes’ walk from Kamiyacho Station on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line
                                  9 minutes’ walk from Akabanebashi Station on the Toei Oedo Line
                                  9 minutes’ walk from Roppongi-itchome Station on the Tokyo Metro Nanboku Line


Representative Naohiko Kishi
Main Business
Activities

Various enterprises related to developing the art market in Japan and promoting arts and culture
(1) Organizing and producing Art Fair Tokyo and artKYOTO and art stage OSAKA
(2) Training and development of the next generation of art industry talent
(3) Surveys on the art market in Japan
(4) Art tourism disseminating the appeals of Tokyo and regional Japan to the rest of the world
(5) International exchange through art
(6)Planning and cooperation in auctions of traditional crafts

Main Business
Partners
TV TOKYO Corporation/BS TV TOKYO Corporation/DENTSU INC./The Mainichi Newspapers Co.,Ltd/
Nippon Cultural Broadcasting Inc./TBS RadioInc./Galleries and art dealers in Japan and overseas/
Sekisui House, Ltd./Tokyo Tatemono Co.,Ltd./Warehouse TERRADA/ Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo/ 
The Ritz-Carlton Kyoto/Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation/MORIMOTO Co.,Ltd
MATSUSHIMA HOLDINGS CO.,LTD. /Credit Suisse /TikTok
Main Partners
Organizations

[Government Offices & Ministries]
Cabinet Office, Government of Japan
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
(In Corporation with: Art Fair Tokyo2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021/artKYOTO2019, 2020)
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare
Agency for Cultural Affairs
Japan Tourism Agency

[Local Governments]
Hokkaido Government /Gunma Prefecture /Fukui Prefecture /Kyoto Prefecture /Osaka Prefectural Government /Nara Prefecture/Kagawa Prefecture/Toshima City/Toyama City/Kanazawa City/Kyoto City

[Nonprofit and Companies]
Japanese Red Cross Society

[Academic institution]
Tokyo University of the Arts/University of Tsukuba/Joshibi University of Art and Design/
Tama Art University/Tokyo Zokei University/Musashino Art University

[Museums]
The National Art Center, Tokyo/The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo/TOKYO NATIONAL MUSEUM/
The Museum of Modern Art, Gunma/Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo/
TOKYO METROPOLITAN ART MUSEUM/Artizon Museum/The Ueno Royal Museum/
Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo/WHAT - Collectors’ museum/SUNTORY MUSEUM of ART/
Sompo Museum of Art/Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery/Toguri Museum of Art/Hara Museum ARC/
POLA Museum of Art/Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo/Mori Art Museum

[Embassy]
Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in Japan/Embassy of the Republic of Angola in Japan
Embassy of the Argentine Republic in Japan/Embassy of the Republic of Armenia in Japan
Austrian Embassy/Austrian Cultural Forum Tokyo/Embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium in Japan
Embassy of Belize in Japan/EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF BENIN TO JAPAN
Embassy of the Plurinational State of Bolivia in Japan/EMBASSY  OF  BOSNIA  AND  HERZEGOVINA, TOKYO
Embassy of the Republic of Botswana in Japan/Embassy of Brazil
British Council/Embassy of Brunei Darussalam in Japan
Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Japan/Embassy of Burkina Faso in Japan
Royal Embassy of Cambodia to Japan/Embassy of the Republic of Chile in Japan
Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Japan/Embassy of the Republic of Colombia in Japan
Embassy of the Republic of Costa Rica in Japan/Embassy of the Republic of Croatia in Japan
Embassy of the Republic of Cuba in Japan/Embassy of the Czech Republic in Tokyo
Royal Danish Embassy/Embassy of the Republic of Djibouti in Japan
Embassy of the Dominican Republic in Japan/Embassy of D. R. Congo
Embassy of the Republic of Ecuador in Japan/Embassy of the Arab Republic of Egypt in Japan
Embassy of the Republic of El Salvador in Japan/Embassy of the State of Eritrea in Japan
Embassy of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia/Embassy of the Republic of Fiji
Embassy of Finland, Tokyo/The Finnish Institute in Japan/Embassy of France/Institut français du Japon
Embassy of Georgia/Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany
Embassy of the Republic of Ghana/Embassy of Greece in Japan
Embassy of the Republic of Guatemala in Japan/Embassy of the Republic of Guinea in Japan
Embassy of the Republic of Haiti in Japan/Embassy of the Republic of Honduras in Japan
Embassy of Hungary  Japan/Hungarian Cultural Institute Tokyo Embassy of the Republic of Iceland in Japan
Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Japan/Cultural Center of the Embassy of the I.R.IRAN
Embassy of the Republic of Iraq in Japan/Embassy of Ireland
Embassy of Israel in Japan /Embassy of Italy in Japan
Embassy of Jamaica/Embassy of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in Japan
Korean Cultural Center Korean Embassy in Japan/Embassy of the State of Kuwait in Japan
Embassy of the Kyrgyz Republic in Japan/Embassy of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic in Japan
Embassy of the Republic of Lebanon in Japan/Embassy of the Kingdom of Lesotho in Japan
Embassy of the State of Libya/Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in Japan
Embassy of the Republic of Madagascar in Japan/Embassy of the Republic of Malawi in Japan
Embassy of Malaysia in Japan/Embassy of the Republic of Maldives in Japan
Embassy of the Republic of Mali in Japan/Embassy of the Republic of the Marshall Islands in Japan
Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania in Japan/Embassy of Mexico in Japan
Embassy of the Republic of Moldova in Japan/Embassy of Mongolia
Embassy of the Kingdom of Morocco in Japan/Embassy of the Republic of Mozambique in Japan
EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF NAMIBIA/Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Embassy of the Republic of Nicaragua in Japan/Embassy of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in Japan
Embassy of the Republic of North Macedonia in Japan/Norwegian Embassy in Japan
Embassy of the Sultanate of Oman in Japan/Embassy of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan in Japan
Embassy of the Republic of Palau in Japan/Embassy of the Republic of Panama in Japan
Embassy of the Republic of Paraguay in Japan/Embassy of the Republic of Peru in Japan
Embassy of the Republic of the Philippines, Tokyo, Japan/Embassy of Portugal in Japan / Camões I.P.
Embassy of Romania in Japan/Embassy of the Independent State of Samoa in Japan
Embassy of the Republic of San Marino in Japan/Embassy of the Republic of Senegal in Japan
Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in Japan/Embassy of the Republic of Singapore in Japan
Embassy of the Slovak Republic in Japan/Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia in Japan
Embassy of the Republic of South Africa in Japan/Embassy of Spain in Japan
Embassy of the Republic of the Sudan in Japan/Embassy of Switzerland in Japan
Embassy of the Syrian Arab Republic in Japan/Royal Thai Embassy in Japan
Embassy of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste/Embassy of the Republic of Togo in Japan
Embassy of the Kingdom of Tonga in Japan/Embassy of the Republic of Tunisia
Embassy of the Republic of Turkey in Japan/Embassy of the Republic of Uganda in Japan
Embassy of Ukraine in Japan/Embassy of the United States of America in Japan
Embassy of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay/Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan in Japan
Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in Japan
Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in Japan
Embassy of the Republic of Zambia in Japan/Embassy of the Republic of Zimbabwe in Japan

Main Business
Partners
TV TOKYO Corporation/BS TV TOKYO Corporation/DENTSU INC./The Mainichi Newspapers Co.,Ltd/
Nippon Cultural Broadcasting Inc./TBS RadioInc./Galleries and art dealers in Japan and overseas/
Sekisui House, Ltd./Tokyo Tatemono Co.,Ltd./Warehouse TERRADA/ Shangri-La Hotel, Tokyo/ 
The Ritz-Carlton Kyoto/Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation/MORIMOTO Co.,Ltd
MATSUSHIMA HOLDINGS CO.,LTD. /Credit Suisse /TikTok

Message

In Japan, an incredible diversity of artistic expression has emerged across our history, starting with the ancient pottery and clay figurines of the Jomon and Yayoi periods, and followed by the Buddhist art of the Heian period, the tea ceremony culture that has continued since the Kamakura period, the Edo era’s Rinpa school of painting and ukiyo-e woodblock prints beloved by the masses, the breathtaking crafts and nihonga and yoga paintings from the Meiji period, and now the very latest advances in contemporary art. In this way, artistic culture has long existed as a fundamental part of the Japanese.

In society today where an immense revolution is taking place across technology and a range of areas, the potential for art to stimulate the imagination and produce new values is attracting attention in various settings. Art not only widely influences such fields as culture, diplomacy, and economics, but is also surely a communication tool whereby people of different ethnicities, occupations, and social positions can transcend time or geography and share such values.

Alongside looking ahead to the future and finding and resolving the dilemmas that appear with the changes in our society, Art Tokyo Association produces art platforms where individuals can encounter the new ideas they need. Believing that rich creativity and diversity hold the key to further developing Japan in the years to come, we aspire to build a future society where art is fully integrated into people’s daily lives.

Naohiko Kishi
Representative, Art Tokyo Association
Profile

In 1985, he joined Tokyo Broadcasting System Holdings (TBS Television), where he was responsible for proposing and planning the Akasaka Blitz live music venue and akasaka Sacas entertainment complex. Alongside working as a producer and director for various TV shows, theater productions, events, concerts, and music software, he oversaw planning and production for projects in partnership with regional governments and other government bodies.

Naohiko Kishi founded Art Tokyo Association in May 2015. Along with serving as executive producer of Art Fair Tokyo, the largest international art fair in Japan, he is the chief producer of the fairs artKYOTO and art stage OSAKA held in, respectively, Kyoto and Osaka. He plans and produces a wide range of art-related projects that aspire to develop the art market in Japan and promote arts and culture. Since his appointment as executive producer, he has continued to pursue new possibilities for Art Fair Tokyo, with the result that total exhibitor sales increased from less than ¥1 billion in 2014 to ¥3.08 billion in 2021.

Partnering with the Cabinet Office, government ministries, local governments, and embassies in Japan, he creates platforms for international exchange through arts and culture. He has been a leading figure in developing art tourism projects that use art as a way to introduce the appeals of regional Japan and traditional culture to non-Japanese people, in this way contributing to the promotion of regional revitalization and creating new attractions for inbound visitors. He launched the Japanese Art Industry Market Research Survey in 2016, the first survey of its kind in Japan. The survey provides an overview of trends in the domestic art market as well as illuminates the impact of economic and social conditions on the art market, offering analysis based on different types of art and sales channels according to the state of the art industry in Japan. He has given lectures for such educational institutions as Kyoto University, Tokyo University of the Arts, and Sophia University as well as for the Liberal Democratic Party Cultural Nation Survey Group, sharing the hidden appeal and potential of Japanese art. In addition, he is actively involved in cultivating global human resources in Japan, serving as a board director of a kindergarten and elementary school offering International Baccalaureate programs, and also makes regular appearances on television, radio, and online media, and lectures widely around Asia. He continues to take a wide view of the arts and culture sector that transcends convention while striving to tell the world about the potential of Japan’s incredible art.

“Telling the World About the Wonders of Japan”

While Tokyo is full of incredible things to see and do as with any major global city, it is also in some ways an inaccessible city. For example, it is difficult to convey creatively and simply the appeals and characters of such areas as Shibuya, Nakameguro, Omotesando, and Aoyama.

Japan has set a target of increasing the numbers of foreign visitors to 40 million by 2020 and 60 million by 2030. As such, we need initiatives that will encourage people from overseas to keep coming back to Japan.

Art Tokyo Association’s mission is to communicate the appeals of Tokyo and other regions around Japan in lucid and exciting ways through art.

“Expressing Yourself Through Art and Culture”

I sometimes have had the chance to visit the offices of overseas clients. The room is often decorated with art and the clients will then explain that the choice of artwork reflects their way of thinking. In this way, they break the ice with a visitor by talking about art. They know that art is a very accessible communication took for showing their respective personalities. 

Fashion and our tastes are also fine means of expressing ourselves. So how about we add art as another option here? I think that we must come up with ways to integrate art into our lifestyles in Japan.

To do this, I want to take the know-how and ideas I cultivated in the entertainment industry as well as superb systems from various fields, not only arts and culture, and harness them proactively in the art world.

“Activating a Flow that Makes the Invisible Visible”

In 2016, we launched the Japanese Art Industry Market Research Survey.
Until then, there was no reliable data in the art field.

By then accurately surveying and publishing our survey, we can show the unique attributes of the art market in Japan that had not been visible until now, while also providing objective data that can facilitate various business possibilities that incorporate art.

Through a process of harnessing our specialism and analytical abilities, and then visualizing things, Art Tokyo Association can fulfill its role of better activating the flow of culture and the arts in Japan.

“Becoming the Greatest Translator”

The arts and culture sector expands and develops through the involvement and participation of a wide range of people, including those from different fields, professions, and positions.I believe that sharing the joy of creating new culture together across fields and disciplines will usher in an amazing future and encounters with the unexpected.

Today, organizations and corporations from other sectors are taking note of the power of art. The time may soon be upon us when art in Japan will start to move. And when art starts to move, so does Japanese culture as a whole.

I want to connect with others by accelerating that movement, creating opportunities for people from around the world to encounter the wonders of Japan, and communicating this all through suitable language and expressions. I believe that Art Tokyo Association must be the greatest translator of Japan’s arts and culture, and of Japan itself.

Projects

Art Tokyo Association plans and produces a range of art-related enterprises in order to develop the market in Japan as well as the cultural potential of Japan on the world stage.

As the organizer of Japan’s largest international art fair, Art Fair Tokyo, as well as artKYOTO and art stage OSAKA, Art Tokyo aspires to develop and expand the domestic and Asian art markets, and globally disseminate Japanese art, which has uniquely evolved from a diverse range of genre and styles, including antiques, crafts, and modern and contemporary art.

In addition, Art Tokyo’s research and information-sharing activities include conducting the Japanese Art Industry Market Research Survey.In order to cultivate and promote future art scenes from Japan, Art Tokyo organizes projects presenting internationally emerging artists to overseas audiences: the “Future Artists Tokyo” exhibition series, for which it partners with major educational bodies in Japan for projects supporting the next generation of artists and curators; and the “World Art Tokyo” series, working with ambassadors in Japan to showcase artists from their respective countries and create opportunities for international exchange.

Art now has the potential to transcend the boundaries between fields and areas, and produce new values. Art Tokyo Association partners with corporations cultivating communities and culture via art and also enhancing social values, as well as with public organizations engaged in education, welfare, tourism, and redevelopment aiming for innovative social models compatible with mature societies. In this way, Art Tokyo Association aspires to contribute to society through culture and the arts.

As a fair featuring a wide range of art from antiques and crafts to nihonga painting and modern and contemporary art, we have organized Art Fair Tokyo, Japan’s largest international art fair, since 2005, as well as art KYOTO and art stage OSAKA in, respectively, Kyoto and Osaka.

Art Tokyo Association has conducted the Japanese Art Industry Market Research Survey since 2016, based on the distinct characteristics of the situation in Japan and a questionnaire with data from over 20,000 respondents. The survey and analysis results are widely publicized in order to contribute to the future development of the arts and culture field as well as provide various industry indicators.

Future Artists Tokyo

“Future Artists Tokyo” is an exhibition that aims to provide young artists aspiring for careers in the arts with hands-on industry experience, and so cultivate artists and curators capable of working internationally. In order to expand the future opportunities for talented young artists to show their work in and outside Japan, not least through this exhibition, Art Tokyo is partnering with many organizations and universities. Along with building environments where outstanding Japanese artists can grow, it is contributing to the development of the art market in Japan.

World Art Tokyo is an international exhibition introducing emerging international artists with promising international prospects on global stage, working in collaboration with the embassies of each of their respective countries.This project’s theme was selected by emerging domestic curators who will carry on the next generation, and will provide these culturally diverse artists a stage for expression.We aspire to develop this exhibition into a destination that strengthens collaboration and promotes mutual understanding between various countries, as well as broadcasting future talents of each country’s art scene from Tokyo.

Art Tourism

Art can form a new resource to attract tourists and help revitalize local communities. Though entry to Japan is currently restricted due to the coronavirus pandemic, Art Tokyo has continued to hold regular art tourism events since 2015, aimed at overseas visitors to Japan with an interest in Japanese culture and art.

In recent years, traditional crafts are increasingly recognized both at home and overseas for the new potential they offer contemporary art with their exceptional craftmanship and level of perfection. The initiative arTradition facilitates new values from art and traditional crafts, disseminating them both domestically and abroad.

α-STATION FM Kyoto is broadcasting "arTradition"

Art Tokyo Association has conducted the Japanese Art Industry Market Research Survey since 2016, based on the distinct characteristics of the situation in Japan and a questionnaire with data from over 20,000 respondents. The survey and analysis results are widely publicized in order to contribute to the future development of the arts and culture field as well as provide various industry indicators.

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