ADD Minato City
"Hôkago Dance x Dance remix"
Minato City, located in the center of Tokyo, has a population of about 146,000. In addition to the media, IT companies, and foreign-affiliated companies, about half of the 140 embassies of countries around the world in Japan are concentrated here, and people of diverse origins live together. The ADD Minato City program was based at the Minato-ku Azabu Kids-to-Teens Hall, where a variety of workshops were held, including traditional dances from Afghanistan, China, and Brazil, and contemporary dance, as well as bon dance that is very popular in the community.
Minato-ku Azabu Kids-to-Teens Hall
6-7, Minami-Azabu 4-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Azabu Kids-to-Teens Hall is a public space for children from babies to high school age. It has a variety of facilities such as a children's hall, school children's club, childcare room, playroom, creative activity room, music room, study room, arena (gymnasium), and rollerblading rink on the roof, and various events are planned for each generation. Located near the nature-rich Arisugawa-no-miya Memorial Park, the building houses Minato-ku Honmura Nursery School on the first floor and Minato-ku Arisu Iki-iki Plaza (a welfare facility for the elderly) on the third floor.
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Classical Japanese Dancer and Choreographer
Dancer and Choreographer
Production Managers: Kanako Iwanaka and Kiaru Ichikawa
Co-organized by Minato City Azabu Region City Office
Supported by Public Interest Incorporated Foundation for Child Well-being and Minato-ku Azabu Kids-to-Teens Hall
Document of the Research and Workshops Mari Fukutome, Mikico Suto and Daisuke Muto
With embassies of many countries and many foreigners, Minato City is like having the whole world in Tokyo. We walked around Azabu, where the ADD Minato City's base, the Azabu Kids-to-Teens Hall, is located, and through the cooperation and connections of many people, we were able to find a variety of dances.Research
The base of the ADD Minato City is the "Azabu Kids-to-Teens Hall". Children of all ages and nationalities gather here after school, creating a lively atmosphere. There are facilities for play, sports, and games, as well as a wide variety of events and club activities. ADD's workshop "Hôkago Dance x Dance remix" was held here among them. Not only those who signed up in advance, but also many children who were passing by and were interested in what we were doing joined the workshop.Workshop
3. Workshop (Resumed)
After the seventh workshop in Minato City, we were forced to suspend the program due to the COVID-19 pandemic. After a one-year and four-month hiatus, we restarted the program with a four-day short-term program and invited children to participate. Of the six children who gathered, four were participating for the first time.Workshop (Resumed)
The stage and audience were set up in the gymnasium (arena) in the plaza, and the children performed the dances they had learned one by one with their instructors, inviting their parents and other related people to join the audience. At the beginning of the performance, the children used sign language to express the title, "Minato-ku Choju-Giga".Showing
Reflecting on the ADD Minato City Project
"Experience is Definitely Accumulated"
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