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More 3331 Arts Chiyoda

Posted in Places by tokyobling on September 23, 2011

Some more photos from the art community center I blogged about yesterday. I know it’s nothing new but I really love the woodwork used in the tables of the resident restaurant, recycled wood glued and polished to make a gorgeous wood table. Lovely. The old school grounds have also been turned into a local mini park, also used in the many various art projects. But apart from human art, what do you think of that magnificent tree? It must have been planted just after the war and now it’s taller than the school building itself. I wonder what species it is? As you can see from the interiors, it still looks and feels like the Junior High it used to be, complete with the original shoe boxes. These little boxes by the various entrances are used for students to keep their outdoor shoes. While in school most students wear special indoor shoes, like the one from the elementary school in Miyagi I blogged about earlier this year (second to last photo of this series). One thing I like about Japan is how extremely serious they are about separating outdoors and indoors!

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  1. andy1076 said, on September 23, 2011 at 5:24 am

    I always enjoy your great photos! 🙂 thank you so much for sharing 🙂


    • tokyobling said, on September 26, 2011 at 12:34 am

      Thanks Andy, for the kind comment and support! (^-^)/


  2. fritz said, on September 23, 2011 at 7:37 am

    very creative concept for an old school building, never seen something like that in germany


    • tokyobling said, on September 26, 2011 at 12:35 am

      Hi Fritz! Maybe there’s more kids in Germany? And I think there’s more variation to German school buildings from state to state, so maybe it’s easier to find other uses for them?


  3. Emma Reese said, on September 23, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    The table looks great. It’s made of recycled materials? Ah, the staircase! It reminds me of my olden days. I totally agree with you about Japanese’ passion for separating indoors and outdoors. Even moving company staff change shoes every time they go in and out with their heavy loads. And even the brattiest kids with no manners in Japan would never dream of wearing shoes indoors. I’m convinced that the only ones in Japan who wear shoes indoors are burglars! That’s one thing I can never get used to here; people have no concept of indoor/outdoor.


    • tokyobling said, on September 26, 2011 at 12:53 am

      Haha… what a novel theory about shoes indoors and burglars! I wonder if people here would agree? I certainly do! Shoes indoors is just a big no, and should be in any country I think. (^-^)

      Yes, the tables are glued and pressed together, probably from scrap wood but I don’t know really. They still look great!


  4. D... said, on September 24, 2011 at 1:49 am

    I love the concept of this. It’s really wonderful that they found a positive and creative use for that building. I am not sure if you would know, but I think it’s been featured on some NHK shows (either Tokyo Express or Japan Biz Cast). If it isn’t it must be another location but with a similar concept. I personally am very interested in it, I think we need similar facilities here in the U.S.


    • tokyobling said, on September 26, 2011 at 1:01 am

      Hi D and thanks for the comment! i think there are similar locations around Japan and I have seen some news reports about different schools being used for small business incubators etc. It’s a great concept and should be more common in other countries too. Too often local governments sell out old buildings thus depriving the local community from use of their own built and paid for public buildings.


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