I will participate as a panelist in the Kawagoe Art Project Symposium on April 16th in the activity room at Westa Kawagoe (1 Shinjuku-machi, Kawagoe City)!

The symposium is one of the projects to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Kawagoe City, and will explore the possibilities of urban development through art through panel discussions.

 The number of tourists to Kawagoe, which has flourished as a tourist destination, will be halved by fiscal 2021, and the number of foreign tourists will have dropped by more than 90%. Under such circumstances, the Junior Chamber of Commerce of Japan has been developing a town-building movement that is possible even under the influence of Corona. However, due to the Corona disaster and language problems, exchange with foreigners has not progressed. The After Corona project will also require a global response. Akihiro Senda, who initiated the symposium, said, “The arts, such as painting, music and fashion, give people inspiration and courage, transcending language barriers such as nationality, race, gender and disabilities. I want to make the 100th anniversary of Kawagoe’s municipal organization exciting for everyone who lives in Kawagoe, and I want to bring back vitality to the town that has lost its vitality due to Corona. This is why we decided to focus on urban development through art,” he says.


The event will be held from 1:00pm to 2:30pm. Admission is free. The symposium will also be streamed on Zoom!