Visiting Workshop|(re)DISCOVER YOKOHAMA Season02

“But until when am I coming to the hill?”, Beniko just recalled herself.
‘The Card Playing’(1966) Masaaki Tachihara, novelist

“Yokohama, City of Light, Raining… Just like old films”
Beijing Duck (1975) Haruomi Hosono, musician

The second season’s workshop program still aimed for making visible the images of the city of Yokohama and studying how the media represented them such as in films, animes, literatures and mangas overlaying the Six Spine Urban Projects in Yokohama though it is hard to see them at a glance, having interdisciplinary interaction and sharing sensibility.
The two days program in 2017 held in the Yokohama City University became throughout the year on a monthly basis in this year as the visitors’ attended from Yokohama requested. In the season 02 each one have found the unique themes and characters like ‘many hills’, ‘special colours’ of Yokohama were asked to develop toward further stage, educating ourself on architecture and urban design by referring books such as ‘The Ureban Design in Yokohama as the Characteristic City’ by Shunsuke Iwasaki who worked for urban planing bureau of Yokohama City as urban designer. Also, the theories of formative culture, architecture, urbanism, art and film are added to study cross between media and city.

In addition to studies on the media relating Yokohama, we asked a legend of urban planning to a guided tour called B-Yokohama tour that he took us around the back and dark side of Yokohama along Ohoka-gawa River that is totally different from brilliant Bay Area including Minato Mirai to compare media with reality, Chinatown and Yamashita-koen Park. For the approach on media for instance we read the novel ‘The card Playing’to imagine how the Bay Area looked like in mid 1960’s and we compared with a song, The Hill We look Down the Port’s (1933) three deferent versions sung in different time (the latest version is actually sung in 2018.).

We attended to Yokohama throughout the year and found many. The characteristic point we recognised this year was there are many science fictions and fantasy dramas in near future. And we will push on to more challenging idea in the following workshop taking the media relating to Yokohama as precious cultural reference and resource by using them to resemble virtual architecture, landscape, urban space and object site. It was very creative year that we could broaden our perspective and have interaction with many people in Yokohama by keeping sober works of thinking and expressing in same place as we visited to do research throughout the year.

Expressions by:Tomoko Shoji, Masao Yonehara, Hiroshi Yanagihara, Ayako Shikita, Masumi Nakashima, Takashi Kume, Namio Ohmichi and others
Management by Kyoko Sugano
Produced by Keiichi Ogata

Special thanks to
Yoshinori Date, Masaaki Kurihara, Hiro Ohta, Keeda Oikawa, Yoichiro Ishikawa(ROUROU), Yokohama LRT Society
Surpported by
Yokohama Arts Foundation, Japan Society of Urban and Regional Planners

Workshop’s webpage