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Bunka Kaikan Tokyo

Kunio Maekawa

Bunka Kaikan Tokyo

The Tokyo Bunka Kaikan (東京文化会館) is a Japanese concert hall located in Ueno Park, Taitō, Tokyo. Designed by Japanese architect Kunio Maekawa, it was built in 1961 and renovated in 199899. Its larger hall seats 2303 people, and its small hall seats 649. It is operated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture

Kunio Maekawa

Kunio Maekawa (前川 國男 Maekawa Kunio, 14 May 1905 26 June 1986) was a Japanese architect especially known for the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan building, and a key figure of modern Japanese architecture

Kunio Mayekawa was born in 1905 in Niigata Prefecture in Japan. He entered First Tokyo Middle School in 1918, and then Tokyo Imperial University in 1925. After graduation in 1928, he travelled to France to apprentice with Le Corbusier. In 1930 he returned to Japan and worked with Antonin Raymond (a student of Frank Lloyd Wright), and in 1935 established his own office Mayekawa Kunio Associates. His own house has been described as his starting point, in which he brought the idea of piloti inside the house, to create a two-storey space. The original house has been dismantled and relocated to the Edo-Tokyo Open Air Architectural Museum.

In 1955 he designed and build his first project: the Kanagawa Concert Hall and Library. His perhaps most famous work, the Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, located in Tokyo's Ueno Park was completed in 1961. The building contains a main, large concert hall, a recital hall, as well as a rehearsal room and a music library.


Maekawa Kunio, Maekawa also spelled Mayekawa, (born May 14, 1905, Niigata-shi, Japan—died June 27, 1986, Tokyo), Japanese architect noted for his designs of community centres and his work in concrete.

After graduation from Tokyo University in 1928, Maekawa studied with the architect Le Corbusier in Paris for two years. Returning to Japan, he tried in such works as Hinamoto Hall (1936) and the Dairen Town Hall (1938) to counteract the pompous style of the Japanese imperialist regime. In the 1950s he continued to work primarily in the style of Le Corbusier. Buildings such as the Educational Centre, Fukushima (1955), the Harumi flats in Tokyo (1959), and the Setagaya Community Centre in Tokyo (1959) reflect his efforts to use concrete in a manner appropriate to the material.

Beginning with the Tokyo Metropolitan Festival Hall (1961), Maekawa displayed a warmer and more expansive style. In the Saitama Cultural Centre (1966), he brought an entirely new approach to the design of community centres. He also designed the Japanese pavilions for both the Brussels World’s Fair (1958) and the New York World’s Fair (1964–65).

Kunio Maekawa

Prominent among modern Japanese architects, Kunio Maekawa (1905-1986) served an apprenticeship in France during the 1930s. Well-known for his use of architectural concrete, his post-World War II contributions included designs for prefabricated structures and high-rise apartments

Tokyo Bunka Kaikan in Ueno Park

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Tokyo Bunka Kaikan

東京文化会館 スペシャルムービー

Summer Festival Opera 2019-20 Japan↔Tokyo↔World "Turandot" Open Rehearsal

"Summer Festival Opera 2019-20 Japan↔Tokyo↔World," an international opera project that the celebrated artists are gathering from all over the world and Japan in line with the Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020, is inviting the audience to the open dress rehearsal of its first production "Turandot."

Puccini: Opera “Turandot” (Only the first act from the opera in 3 acts. Sung in Italian with surtitles.)

Conductor/General Producer

Kazushi Ono


Àlex Ollé


[Jul 9 (Cast on Jul 12, 14)]

Turandot: Iréne Theorin

Calaf: Teodor Ilincăi

Liù: Eri Nakamura

Timur: Riccardo Zanellato

(L’imperatore Altoum: Hiroshi Mochiki *Not appearing in the first act)

Ping: Takashi Masu

Pang: Takumi Yogi

Pong: Toshiaki Murakami

Un mandarino: Yuichi Toyoshima

[Jul 10 (Cast on Jul 13)]

Turandot: Jennifer Wilson

Calaf: David Pomeroy

Liù: Ryoko Sunakawa

Timur: Hidekazu Tsumaya

(L’imperatore Altoum: Hiroshi Mochiki *Not appearing in the first act)

Ping: Kenji Moriguchi

Pang: Naoyuki Akitani

Pong: Shuhei Itoga

Un mandarino: Makoto Narita

Chorus: New National Theatre Chorus, Fujiwara Opera Chorus Group, BIWAKO HALL Vocal Ensemble

Children Chorus: TOKYO FM Boys Choir

Orchestra: Barcelona Symphony Orchestra


Set design: Alfons Flores

Costume design: Lluc Castells

Lighting design: Urs Schönebaum

Associate director: Susana Gómez

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