EDO TOKYO RETHINK: ONLINE EXHIBITION | The Former Residence of Marquis Hosokawa / Wakeijuku

Mar 1 - Jul 31, 2021

“What Should be Expressed for the Future by Analyzing the Traditional Culture of Ancient Japan”

Online Exhibition: Edo Tokyo Rethink



Traditional Craftwork Industries of Tokyo Transformed into Art

As a creator, there is always the basic idea of “Rethink” behind the questions I constantly ask myself. “Rethink” is synonymous with “Old meets New” in the way they both mean “tradition and innovation intersect”. This is why it is the most important component of “Edo Tokyo Rethink Exhibition” which I serve as the Director of Exhibition.


Exhibition Director: Noritaka Tatehana

Born 1985 in Tokyo, graduated from Arts Course Department of Crafts Tokyo University of the Arts. He created the heel-less shoes, inspired by Oiran Takageta (wooden clogs), for his graduation project. The striking shoes went on to gain considerable notoriety when they were enthusiastically adopted by Lady Gaga. Today, Tatehana is a contemporary artist who collaborates extensively with traditional craftsmen and artisans. His work is featured in exhibitions in Japan and throughout the world, with many of his pieces on permanent collection at prestigious institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.