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Tokyo Skyline - Michael Korsch


Public Talk:

The Tokyo Village

Art Gallery NSW

23 April 2022

Kathryn Hunyor, Director, ArtsPeople


Michael Korsch

Hokusai Katsushika, Edo Nihonbashi, from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, ca.1830-32
Imai Hisamaro, This sun, 1930
Imai Hisamaro, From Nihonbashi, National Gallery of Victoria, 1930
Sugiura Hisui, ca.1930
Sugiura Hisui, ca.1930
Takahashi Nobumasa, Hyatt Centric Ginza Tokyo  
Tabaimo – Tokyo Subway
Moriyama Daido, Shinjuku
Aoki Shoichi, Fruits Magazine, 1997 - 20017
Hiromix, Seventeen Girl Days, 1995
Hiromix, Girls Blue, 1996
Roppongi Hills
Yamaguchi Akira, Roppongi Hills

As part of the Art Gallery of NSW lecture series ‘Enchanting Cities’ Kathryn was invited to talk about Tokyo, Japan’s most exciting and enigmatic city.


When we think of Tokyo, we conjure images of flashing neon lights, cutting-edge architecture and sprawling alleys filled with noodle bars. We see intense crowds crossing massive intersections.


To visit, Tokyo is a megatropolis where the individual people can disappear.


Living there, you realise it’s a collection of small villages; communities of people who collectively shape this incredible city.

In this lecture Kathryn shares her stories of Tokyo through its people – both the ordinary people and the celebrated artists – who’ve inhabited and created the city, from the Edo period to now.


She takes us down into the fine grain of Tokyo through Japanese art, including historical works by Hiroshige and Hokusai, and contemporary artists Akira Yamaguchi, Nobumasa Takahashi and Tabaimo.

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