ITOCHU Announces “Bicycle Expo 2017: Bicycle and Mode ― Yagami Collection That Has Never Been Displayed,” a New Project for ITOCHU AOYAMA ART SQUARE

April 6, 2017

ITOCHU Corporation (headquartered in Minato-ku, Tokyo; Masahiro Okafuji, President & CEO; hereinafter “ITOCHU”) opened ITOCHU AOYAMA ART SQUARE in CI Plaza, a commercial facility situated next to ITOCHU’s Tokyo Headquarters, in 2012. The gallery was part of ITOCHU’s social contribution activities, with the aim of developing the future generation through art, contributing to the local community, and promoting both local and international art and culture. Since then various exhibitions have been held at that space.

In May, which is designated as the month of bicycles, ITOCHU will hold an exhibition titled “Bicycle Expo 2017: Bicycle and Mode Yagami Collection That Has Never Been Displayed” and will showcase the Yagami Collection (privately owned) that only a limited number of people have ever seen. The exhibition will provide a special display of real bicycle models that were actively used at their beginning as well as bicycle posters featuring images of cheerful modern women that were symbols of the era. In addition, by exhibiting a collection of colored woodblock prints in which the changes of famous spots in Tokyo from the Meiji period to the early Showa period are visible along with bicycles, the Bicycle Expo 2017 will highlight the Japanese mode and the lure of bicycle culture with a focus on bicycle design trends. We sincerely hope that you will enjoy our exhibition.


Sponsors Aoyama Shop Owners Association, Uptown Aoyama Concierge
Co-sponsor ITOCHU Corporation
Supporters Minato City, Japan Cycling Association, Bicycling Popularization Association of Japan, Bicycle Usage Promotion Study Group
Cooperation Yagami Co., Ltd., Bicycle Culture Center, Tokyo College of Cycle Design, Sairyusha Co., Ltd.
Curator Kazuo Yatagai (Bicycle Culture Center)
Period Saturday, April 29 - Sunday, May 28, 2017 (open every day during the exhibition period)
Hours 11:00 - 19:00
Admission Free
CI Plaza B1F, 2-3-1 Kita-Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo
TEL & FAX: 81-3-5772-2913

Gallery talk show by curator: Kazuo Yatagai

Date Friday, May 12, 18:00 to 19:00
Content Commentary on the Yagami Collection and famous spots in Tokyo on colored woodblock prints

Bowden Spacelander1950, made in the U.S.

Bowden Spacelander 1950, made in the U.S.