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Tokyo 1964: Designing Tomorrow

5 August 2021 to 7 November 2021

Japan House London will be opening Tokyo 1964: Designing Tomorrow exhibition on the 5th of August ’21. This outstanding exhibition will explore the revolutionary cultural and design legacy behind the historic Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games by sharing untold stories and artefacts that have never been seen before in the UK. It will also explore how Japan realised the opportunity of the Games to tell a fresh story to the world following the Second World War through ground-breaking design and architecture.

Japan’s hosting of the Games coincided with the country’s emergence as a global leader in technological innovation. Winning the bid to host the Games increased Japan’s newfound sense of confidence and creativity epitomized by innovations such as the high speed Tōkaidō Shinkansen, or ‘bullet train’, and elevated super-highways that dramatically transformed the urban landscape with ‘space age’ design through to Seiko’s 1,278 state-of-the-art timing devices that performed precisely without errors.
The majority of objects in the exhibition are generously loaned from the Prince Chichibu Memorial Sports Museum & Library in Japan – many of which will be displayed for the first time in the UK.

Kawamura Hiroyuki, Director, Prince Chichibu Memorial Sports Museum, said: “I am very pleased that we have this opportunity to share our collection in the UK in partnership with Japan House London. Please enjoy our major exhibits including the original posters designed by Kamekura Yūsaku and the models of Yoyogi National Gymnasium designed by Tange Kenzō.”

Tickets must be pre booked online via the Japan House London website.