SATURDAY, 25 AUGUST 15:00 – 20:00
    1-2-10 Suntopia St. Minami-machi, Mito-city, Ibaraki
    ¥2,500 (Ingredients of tofu and BBQ included ) | Apllication required

    Too Much Japanese Summer Food garden “DOOF” will take place in an avant-garde courtyard at the Cafe Washingtown. This art project brings together all participants to make doof (tofu), the Japanese soul food, from soybeans and share recipes that use doof in delicious and creative ways such as Hiyayakko (chilled), Mabo-doof (spicy) and BBQ (char-grilled). The event is organized to mark the 40th anniversary of the death of American artist Gordon Matta-Clerk on 27th of August 2018.

    *Please read the following carefully before making your reservation.

    1. The event will be photographed and filmed. By entering the event premises, you consent to photography and video recording and their release, exhibition or reproduction to be used for promotional purposes, inclusion on websites, social media, or any other purpose by the Earth Hole Film Festival.

    2. To improve your doof making experience and get acquainted with other participants, please refrain from using mobile phones and other types of electronic equipment during the event.

    3. Photography is not allowed inside any areas of the Cafe Washingtown including the courtyard, however, feel free to use our film cameras to take souvenir photos which will be sent at a later date upon your request.

    How to Apply
    Please provide us with: 1.name 2.occupation 3.address 4.telephone number 5.e-mail address
    E-mail: yoyaku@washingtown.jp / Phone:050(3690)3387 / Deadline:Tuesday, 22 August
    *In case of too many applications, we will hold a draw for place allocation.

    Earth Hole Film Festival Steering Committee
    c/o The Site of Washingtown, 1-2-10 Suntopia St. Minami-machi, Mito-City, Ibaraki
    050(3069)3387 enquiries@earthholefilmfestival.org | www.earthholefilmfestival.org

    Who is Gordon Matta-Clark?
    Born in New York in 1943. He graduated from Cornell University with a B.Arch. in 1968. While working as an assistant to Dennis Oppenheim, he also met Robert Smithson whose works had a great influence on Matta-Clerk’s practice. In 1971, he opened an artist-run restaurant called FOOD in SoHo, New York, and in 1974, ‘Splitting’, his major building cut, earned a limelight. He continued to create performance works and video art until he died from pancreatic cancer at the young age of 35.

    Earth Hole Film Festival HP: http://earthholefilmfestival.org/cafe/1459/



    Keiko Ogane with Katsunobu Yaguchi

    Celebrating the beginning of Earth Hole Film Festival 2018, the Washingtown Contemporary Art Centre (WACAC) presentsGAITO JUNREI, a guided walking tour with Keiko Ogane, an avant-garde housewife, and Katsunobu Yaguchi, an artist, toexperience history and culture in the light of the street lamps. The tour explores the west side area around Mito Station’s north exist, which was once the leading red-light district after World War II. The two professionals are willing to share theirwealth ofknowledge and stories of the city’s unique atmosphere and charms.

    *Please keep in mind the following three things while on tour.

    1.Silence your cellphone by turning off or putting on silent. Enjoy getting acquainted with other participants.

    2. There may be Youkai (supernatural creatures) living around the street lamps. They are not fond of electronic devices. Avoidtaking pictures with cameras and mobile phones/devices. Use your eyes to capture the images and burn them into your mind,or bring your drawing tools to make sketches.

    3. The tour takes place at dusk, however, dangerous heat is expected this time of year. Bringing a bottle of cold drink is highly

    The Washingtown Contemporary Art Centre looks forward to your participation.

    Date: Saturday, July 28th 2018 at 6:30 pm Postponement under the influence of typhoon
    New date: Saturday, August 4th 2018 at 18:30pm
    Location: Meet in front of the Washingtown Site (at Suntopia St. 1-2-10, Minami-machi, Mito, Ibaraki 310-0021 Japan )
    Price: 500yen (All participants will receive a towel as a little gift)
    *No reservation required
    *It will be very slow-paced walking.
    *Participants may arrive late or leave early.
    *In case of rain, the tour will be rescheduled.
    *Rainy weather postponed
    Enquiries: wacac@washingtown.jp

    Keiko Ogane / Avant-garde Housewife
    A Mito-native born on July 4th, 1950. She grew up healthy and strong thanks to Japan’s rapid economic growth in the post-WWII period. Since she was a young girl, she has paid keen attentions to her surroundings. She has been a housewife for 40 years, a mother of two children and currently has 6 grandchildren. Her life has changed dramatically, ever since she ran into Yaguchi in 2008. She became a poster girl for the Washingtown, which stirred up the neighbourhood and created avid fans. In 2017, she founded Keiko Ogane Gallery and made her debut as a gallery owner in Paris Photo 2018. She is a natural born talker. Her secret to youth is her love of knitting and chattering.

    Katsunobu Yaguchi / Artist
    In 2008, Yaguchi renovated a two-storey old-Japanese-style abandoned house in the City of Mito, Ibaraki and converted it into a café called “Café Washingtown”. On its opening day, he had his fateful encounter with Keiko Ogane. He has produced his own newspaper, hosted local festivals and created collaborative art with neighbourhood residents, ever since then. Through his vigorous social practice, he reconstructs lost landscapes and traditions, which has often took the form of installations. In recent years, he has produced works in a wide range of mediums such as photography, drawing, sculpture, and video.
    His recent projects and solo exhibitions include: The Deconstruction of Washingtown, Mito (2013), The Last Bargain for Suntopia, Mito (2016), Paris Photo, Paris (2017), LISTE Art Fair Basel, Basel (2018).


    Publishing Project

    The Deconstruction of SUNTOPIA | Publishing Project 2017
    This project is by contemporary artist Katsunobu Yaguchi who lives and works in Mito City, Ibaraki Prefecture for realizing the publication of a very trendy, 1.7 kg-plus documentary photo book which contains 999 photographs, selected out of over 7,000 film photos, which documented a series of art projects performed during the 8-months of demolition work on the fashion building Suntopia, once located in the city center.

    Official HP: http://tdo-suntopia.washingtown.jp

    Keiko Ogane 69yeras old birthday

    keiko Ogane 69 years old birthday on 4th of July 2017.

    BLAY 2017SS PV

    We are pleased to announce that the Washingtown Contemporary Art Centre’s souvenir shop YAKUDI will be hosting an exhibition sale of full items from the Spring / Summer collection of BLAY: a new young line from Tokyo based ‘passion’ designer Burei Kawakupo’s label COMME des JAPONAIS. BLAY, a newly established line named after its designer, beautifully elevates the ordinary fashion items in our everyday life, from T-shirts, to face towels, to something like the burning passion of naked lovers running along the seashore. We sincerely hope that many of you will be thrilled to witness the birth of the most outrageous collection by Burei Kawakupo.    

    Burei Kawakupo / Passion Designer
    Initially moved to the UK to learn fashion in 2002, she declined to enter Central Saint Martens because of her realisation that it was everyday life that she needed to learn from. Based predominantly in Europe, Kawakupo went through a variety of jobs, while aspiring to establish her own fashion designing method. After moving back to Japan in 2013, she explored situations surrounding young fashion in suburban cities while working as a bar hostess in Shinbashi, Tokyo. What she found there were thousands of youngsters dressed up in similar garments in an age of material abundance. One afternoon, when she started to doubt the current state of young fashion, she heard someone shouting in the street nearby; “Now, what young people need is passion, not fashion!!”. Immediately inspired, Kawakupo founded the passion label COMME des JAPONAIS the following morning; the name of the brand meaning, “Let yourself be Japanese” in French. There is a belief that the ancient Japanese must have had a burning passion to embrace freedom, even though they were less materially blessed as we are now. “Don’t be afraid of loneliness and let yourself be impolite to society. This is the richest way of being human.” By chanelling these sentiments towards the younger generation, Kawakupo continues to disseminate her burning passion in the world today.      
    Official website: www.blay.tokyo       

    22 April – 1 May 2017
    15:00 – 18:00
    *Admission free
    3-2-20 Miyamachi, Mito-city, Ibaraki Japan
    enquiry: info@yakudi.jp
    YAKUDI HP: www.yakudi.jp

    Train: Take limited express Super / Fresh Hitachi on the Joban Line from Ueno Station in Tokyo to Mito Station.
    The ride takes around 1 hour.
    (¥3,820 usual, ¥4,220 holiday season)
    Highway Bus: Take the Joban Express Bus leaving from the Yaesu south exit bus terminal #3 at Tokyo Station. After riding the bus for approximately 110 minutes, get off at the Minami-machi 1-chome stop in Mito. (¥2,080)
    Car: Please use coin parking in the area of Cafe Washingtown.
    (¥500~900 per day)


    Washingtown Theatre company new drama “Phantom of Tennis”
    Guest: Tenniscoats
    29.Oct 2016 (Sat)
    Ticket:2,000yen (with 1 drink)
    Venue:The Site of Washingtownmap
    Suntopia St. Minami-machi 1 Chome, Mito-city, Ibaraki 310-0021 Japan
    Tenniscoats HP


    Last Bargain Sale for SUNTOPIA


    Imprisoned, Jailbreak, Imprisoned, Jailbreak

    Katsunobu Yaguchi participates a group exhibition “Imprisoned, Jailbreak, Imprisoned, Jailbreak – Time Tunnel”

    “Time Tunnel”
    Date: March 19, (Sat) – April 17 (Sun) 2016
    Open: Wed – Sun 12:00 – 19:00
    Venue: AOYAMA | MEGURO
    2-30-6 Kamimeguro, Meguro-ku, Tokyo
    The Group Exhibition Official HP
    The artist HP

    5. MAR. 2016


    Katsunobu Yaguchi, the former head of cafe Snack Washingtown, opened surprise supplies store “YAKUDI” on the corner of Suntopia St. Mito-city, Ibaraki Japan. YAKUDI is dealing with the trendiest souvenir and finest Japanese alternative Low culture art pieces. If you are in Japan, you must to visit YAKUDI otherwise you see nothing. YAKUDI HP yakudi.jp

    NEW RELEASE to go


    size: A5 (105×148mm)
    first edition: 500 each
    enquiry: shop@washigtown.jp


    DATE:13TH DEC 2014 (SAT)
    TIME: 16:30 OPEN | 17:00 START
    TICKET: 2,500YEN
    BOOKING: 050-3690-3397(JP/EN) | music@washingtown.jp(JP/EN)