Facilities for next generation development and local contributions through art

September 26, 2012

ITOCHU Corporation (headquartered in Minato-ku, Tokyo; Masahiro Okafuji, President & CEO; hereinafter “ITOCHU”) announced today that it would open ITOCHU AOYAMA ART SQUARE in the CI Plaza, a commercial facility situated next to ITOCHU’s Tokyo Head Office, on October 26. It will be a gallery space aimed at next generation development, local contributions and art and cultural promotion, both in Japan and abroad, as part of ITOCHU’s social contribution activities. The first exhibition planned is the Nemunoki Children and Mariko Art Exhibition to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Nemunoki Gakuen.
In Aoyama, where a variety of cultures thrive, ITOCHU will showcase artwork that reflects fresh sensibilities, and it will present exhibitions that serve as a bridge for international exchanges in an effort to create a culturally affluent society through art.

Overview of exhibitions at ITOCHU AOYAMA ART SQUARE

ITOCHU AOYAMA ART SQUARE plans to hold five to six exhibitions annually, in line with the following four themes. Plans for 2013 include an exhibition by Shoko Kanazawa, a female well-known calligrapher.


Special exhibitions Exhibitions of artwork with messages regarding social issues, such as supporting the independence of people with disabilities and environmental conservation
Young artist support Support of the showcasing of young artists’ artwork in cooperation with nearby galleries, etc.
Collaboration with local events Exhibitions in collaboration with local events
Collaboration with foreign embassies in Japan Contribution to the art and cultural promotion of the respective countries in collaboration with foreign embassies in Japan

Overview of facilities

ITOCHU AOYAMA ART SQUARE will have a café on the premises to provide visitors with a place where they can meet and converse.




Address CI Plaza B1, 2-3-1 Kita-aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
Total area Approx. 200 sq.m.
Opening date October 26, 2012
Facilities Café attached

Various, depending on the exhibition

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Artist’s impression of the interior of ITOCHU AOYAMA ART SQUARE

First exhibition: Nemunoki Children and Mariko Art Exhibition

ITOCHU AOYAMA ART SQUARE will hold its first exhibition, the Nemunoki Children and Mariko Art Exhibition, in celebration of the 45th anniversary of Nemunoki Gakuen, from Friday, October 26 to Tuesday, December 25.

Nemunoki Gakuen (located in Kakegawa-shi, Shizuoka; Mariko Miyagi, Principal) was founded in 1968 as the first school for handicapped children in Japan. The exhibition, which celebrates the 45th anniversary of Nemunoki Gakuen, will showcase the painting, yuzen-dyed fabrics and other artworks of the Nemunoki children, which have attracted a total of 5 million visitors in Japan and abroad, including Paris and New York. Mariko Miyagi, the Principal of Nemunoki Gakuen, has been credited for her dedication to child welfare and educational improvement, and has been awarded a number of prizes, including the Pestalozzi Education Reward, the Helen Keller Education Award and the Special Grand Prix of the Red Cross Film Festival in Varna for the film “Mariko Mother”. In 2004, she was also recognized as an honorary citizen of Tokyo.

Nemunoki Gakuen and Chubei Itoh II
Chubei Itoh II, who established the foundations of the current general trading company, learnt of the foundation of Nemunoki Gakuen through a newspaper article. He felt the need to do something, so he visited Nemunoki Gakuen soon after it opened to make a donation. It was the first donation given to Nemunoki Gakuen. Forty-five years on, ITOCHU is continuing the spirit of Chubei Itoh II and communicating Principal Mariko Miyagi’s abiding belief, that no one is incompetent, to the public through the exhibition.

Overview of the Nemunoki Children and Mariko Art Exhibition

Host Nemunoki Gakuen
Co-host ITOCHU Corporation
Sponsor Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (TBD), Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Tokyo Minato Ward
Director Mariko Miyagi
Exhibition dates October 26, 2012 through December 25, 2012 (open every day during the exhibition)
Hours 11:00 to 19:00 (20:00 on Fridays)
Entry fee

General entry 500 yen, free for college students and younger (all entry fees will be donated to Nemunoki Gakuen)

Nemunoki Children’s Painting

“Snowman’s baby crying”

Toshimitsu Honme