Program /


In this program, social welfare facilities and communities plan participatory programs together with artists. Added to the sites’ original functions is a different role as a cultural facility open to the community where members of the public can gather, creating a setting for the day-to-day implementation of TURN.

Examples of program activities

  • Atelier La Mano (Machida City)

    Spring 2018 saw the start of the “Hand Project: From Cotton to Thread”. Together with artist Yasuaki Igarashi, in cotton is grown from scratch. The program, puts importance on working with the hands and connecting with nature, and is open to the community as an environment for diverse people to interact and mingle. The project has steadily evolved over a year, with participants tilling the soil, sowing seeds, harvesting the cotton and even spinning thread and dyeing it using indigo.

    (Program introduction)
    Weekday sessions: “Hand Project Vol. 9: From Cotton to Thread” (2019)
    Weekend sessions: “Hand Project 2019 Vol. 10: From Cotton to Thread” (2020)

    [Atelier La Mano] Profile[Yasuaki Igarashi] Profile

  • Harmony (Setagaya-ku)

    In 2017 the Kamimachi Harmony Land project was initiated with artist Takafumi Fukasawa, a series of programs allowing participants to share the ups and downs that Harmony facility users experience. In 2018 the two-day “No-charge Cafe : Things /Stories /Ideas /Objects” initiative was conducted together with designer Laila Cassim.

    (Program introduction)
    Kamimachi Harmony Land (2018)
    “No-charge Cafe : Things /Stories /Ideas /Objects” (2019)

    [Harmony] Profile[Takafumi Fukazawa] Profile[Cassim Laila] Profile

    “No-charge Cafe” archive

  • Itabashi-ku Komone Fukushien welfare facility (Itabashi-ku)

    Involved with the TURN Interactive Program since 2015, Itabashi-ku Komone Fukushien began TURN LAND in 2017. Artists Kentaro Onishi and Atsushi Miyata visits to the facility regularly, gradually opening up Komone to the community in ongoing projects developed with its users and staff members. The projects include, “O” Dance Project, and the Kirari-gutto initiative (helping participants to recognize and record special moments when facility users are animated/engaged or emotional).

    (Program introduction)
    “O” Dance Project public practice session (2018)
    TURN LAND (Itabashi-ku Komone Fukushien) in “Komone Festa — Komone Gutto” (2019)
    TURN LAND (Itabashi-ku Komone Fukushien) in Komone Festa (2019)

    [Itabashi-ku Komone Fukushien welfare facility] Profile[Kentaro Onichi] Profile[Atsushi Miyata] Profile

    Itabashi-ku Komone Fukushien “O” Dance Project web page

  • Kimagure Yaoya Dandan (Ota-ku)

    Since 2017, Kimagure Yaoya Dandan has organized “Otona Zukan” events together with artist Daisuke Nagaoka, giving children the chance to meet adults (otona)whose lives and work are out of their everyday experience and sphere. They also launched the “Dandan HEKIGA Project” in 2018.

    (Program introduction)
    “Dandan HEKIGA Project” 2nd public creation Session (2019)
    “5th Otona Zukan” (2019)

    [Kimagure Yaoya Dandan] Profile[Daisuke Nagaoka] Profile

    Kimagure Yaoya Dandan “Otona Zukan” web archive

  • Institute for Sustainable Agro-ecosystem Services (Nishitokyo City)

    This project was launched in 2017 on cultivated land belonging to the Institute for Sustainable Agro-ecosystem Services, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, University of Tokyo as a joint research project with the University. The aim was to create with artist a “third place” for people from partner facilities of the Interactive Program and local residents to gather, enabling TURN activities to be put into daily practice. Together with artist Satoshi Iwama, Shure University and Sakuranosono, a support facility for people with disabilities, organizers run a monthly program that combines agricultural activities and art activities. The kind of effect that working on this project has on participants is being measured and assessed using physiological, behavioral, psychological and social indicators.

    (Program introduction)
    TURN FES 5 Related project “Sunflower Maze” (2019)

    [Institute for Sustainable Agro-ecosystem Services] Profile[Shure University] Profile