Tokyo

Playable City Tokyo puts people and play at the heart of the Future City

Population estimate: 13.491 million  | City area: 2,191 square kilometers
(as of 1st October 2015)

About the City
Located roughly at the centre of the Japanese archipelago, Tokyo is a vibrant capital city encircled by miles of shoreline, mountains and volcanoes. Renowned for being a dazzling mix of old and new, the city gracefully contrasts a rich cultural history with a passion for everything new.

About Playable City Tokyo
Playable City Tokyo launched in 2015 to develop imaginative new ideas for urban spaces and to engage communities in thinking about the future of Tokyo (particularly in the run up to the 2020 Olympic Games).

“When I first heard about Playable City, I was intrigued by using “play” as the core thinking behind how a city evolves, how people come together, and how a community can be built. I don’t think this “human scale approach” is currently applied to city development, since projects tend to put efficiency and economics first. So the idea of having “play” at the heart really resonated with me, and I felt it would be very interesting and meaningful to run Playable City in Tokyo, especially now.”
Seiichi Saito, Creative and Technical Director of Rhizomatiks

Playable City Tokyo activities are co-produced by Watershed, British Council Japan and award winning Japanese creatives Rhizomatiks, and are supported by Mori and WIRED Japan.


Current Activity

‘The Playful Welcome’ is Playable City Tokyo’s latest project. In December 2016 this Creative Lab brought together 11 practitioners from the UK and Japan, to design playful experiences for Tokyo’s tourists, in preparation for the 2020 Olympic Games.

Watershed has recently announced Tokyo as a partner in Creative Producers International.


Tokyo’s Activity Timeline

December 2016

In December 2016 ‘The Playful Welcome’ brought together 11 practitioners from the UK and Japan, to design playful experiences for Tokyo’s tourists, in preparation for the 2020 Olympic Games.

Watershed also announced Tokyo as a partner in Creative Producers International.

February 2016

Installation of Shadowing Tokyo by Chomko & Rosier

September – October 2015

Building the Playable City Tokyo community – workshops and community-building events culminated in a two day Ideas Lab.

April 2015

Panel event and ideas generation workshop – Tokyo based creatives and technologists exploring the future of Tokyo through play.

Installation of Hello Lamp Post Tokyo as part of Roppongi Art Night.