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Until 13 July 2012, Embassy of Japan

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Embassy of Japan
101-104 Piccadilly, London W1J 7JT

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As a part of this year’s London Festival of Architecture (LFA) the Embassy of Japan is presenting an exhibition entitled YATAI HERE YATAI THERE. The exhibition is a part of the International Architecture and Design Showcase, which is held in collaboration with the biennial LFA and the British Council, and created especially with this year’s festival theme, the Playful City, in mind. In 2010, during the previous festival, the Embassy of Japan was very proud to receive the award for best exhibition in the International Showcase. Hopes are high again this year but with a very different project.

YATAI are Japanese mobile street stalls which sell merchandise in cities. This exhibition tells the stories of the journeys of a number of ‘mobile play-station’ yatai.

In YATAI HERE YATAI THERE (YHYT), specially constructed yatai, purpose-built for recreation, are used as vehicles for seeing the city through the medium of play. These yatai have travelled around London and to Miyagi in Japan offering activities to young people on their way. Each yatai has returned to the exhibition, bringing back with it records of particular events and stories from its travels, which unfold as a series of moving images, and traces made by the participants themselves. Through a family of yatai, the project creates playful links between local communities over 9000 km apart.

Provoked by the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, the project’s initial intention has been for direct engagement with the affected communities in the north-eastern Tohoku region of Japan. It was formed in response to the Embassy of Japan’s wish to establish informal trans-national cultural links between individuals and communities across cities that would usually be difficult to reach. This is reflected in the dynamic and flexible organization of the project team.

YHYT Project members comprise a group of individuals including unit master, students and graduates, mainly from the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. These yatai have been designed to investigate alternative forms of communication and to create a Playful Service Infrastructure for a city seen through the eyes of small people.

YHYT is a part of the International Architecture and Design Showcase, in association with the British Council, and a part of the London Festival of Architecture. It is supported by the Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, Maeda Corporation and the Architectural Association.

YHYT Project Team: Shin EGASHIRA; Yuko ODAIRA; Shintaro TSURUOKA; Atsushi IWATA; Ann NII; Nozomi NAKABAYASHI; Xiong CHAN; Takako HASEGAWA; Kensuke HOTTA; Saki ICHIKAWA; Arata MORI (Cinematography-Filming); Sayaka NAMBA; Keita TAJIMA; Carolina VALLEJO; Simon WRIGHT; Yuma YAMAMOTO


YHYT at Old Ford Primary School, London – 9 May 2012.
organised and created by: Nozomi NAKABAYASHI; Shin EGASHIRA; Yuko ODAIRA; Carolina VALLEJO; Simon WRIGHT
special thanks to Oldford Road Primary School; Monica STEINHARTER

YHYT Nagashizu workshop, Miyagi, Japan – 26 May 2012
organised by: Shin EGASHIRA; Shintaro TSURUOKA; Atsushi IWATA; Kanto IWAMURA; Keichi OGATA in cooperation with Senhiko Nakata Lab. Miyagi Univ.: Senhiko NAKATA; Ayaka SATO
special thanks to Keiyakuko NAGASHIZU; Sou NAGASHIZU; Hiromichi OIKAWA; Risa SUZUKI (Miyagi Univ.); Ayaka OHTA (Miyagi Univ.); Chino YOKOTA (Miyagi Univ.); Ayako TOMIZAWA (Miyagi Univ.); Yasuka TAKEDA (Miyagi Univ.); Severine SCHLAEPFER; Hikari NONAKA

YHYT workshop at Fukudamachi Minami temporary housing in Sendai , Miyagi, Japan – 3 June 2012
organised by: Shin EGASHIRA; Shintaro TSURUOKA; Atsushi IWATA
special thanks to Ichio HIRAYAMA and the residents of Fukudamachi Minami Icchome Kasetsu Jutaku; Miki AMANO (Miyagino-ku Ward Office, Sendai); Toyo ITO (Toyo Ito & Associates); Miki UONO (Toyo Ito & Associates); Hikari NONAKA; Naonori TADA

YHYT with Forum Mini Workshop at Peacock Yard, London – 7 June 2012
organised and created by: Shin EGASHIRA; Takako HASEGAWA; Arata MORI; Nozomi NAKABAYASHI; Yuko ODAIRA; Adriano RAMPAZZO; Keita TAJIMA; Carolina VALLEJO; Simon WRIGHT
in association with Toh Shimazaki Architects, Takero SHIMAZAKI; Rosie MacLAREN

YHYT Journey Across London – 9 June 2012
organised and created by: Shin EGASHIRA; Nozomi NAKABAYASHI; Carolina VALLEJO; Ann NII; Sayaka NAMBA; Yuko ODAIRA; Takako HASEGAWA; Keita TAJIMA; Simon WRIGHT; Zhi Xiong CHAN; Arata MORI; Sarah BOROWIECKA; Martina BIFFI