Supporting Culture and Fine Arts

Operating the Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo

Mitsubishi Estate runs the Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum in the Marunouchi area of Tokyo. This museum, which presents three different exhibitions each year focusing on modern art dating from the 1850s to the 1950s, is housed in a solid red brick building constructed in 1894 by Mitsubishi as the first Western-style rental office in Marunouchi. It was designed by the English architect Josiah Conder at the invitation of the Japanese government. Some of the building's original architectural components from the time it was constructed, such as the handrails for the staircases, have been reused in the interior.

Photo:Exterior of Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum

Exterior of Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum

Photo:Ichigokan logo

Ichigokan logo

Photo:Former bank lobby

Former bank lobby

Photo:Former bank lobby, which became Café1894 (restored)

Former bank lobby, which became Café1894 (restored)

Number of visitors to Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum (annual)

367,679 visitors a year (FY2017)

Empathy Week held at Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum

Together with Human Rights Week (December 4-10), the five-day period from December 5-10 was designated “Empathy Week” at the Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum. As a continuation of Empathy Week 2016, the goal is to create an environment where people with and without disabilities can share the emotion of art with a spirit of caring and empathy. People with a disability certificate and one attendant were given free entry to the museum during this week. Visitors were also encouraged to allow each other to view the art comfortably.

Image:Empathy Week pamphlet

Empathy Week pamphlet

Photo:Asking visitors for their cooperation and handing out novelty goods

Asking visitors for their cooperation and handing out novelty goods

La Folle Journée au Japon 2017 “Days of Enthusiasm”

The La Folle Journée au Japon 2017 “Days of Enthusiasm” classical music festival was held at the Tokyo International Forum from May 4-6, 2017. It was started in 2005 and has become established as a new-style music festival, put on in the heart of Tokyo during the Golden Week holidays, that also contributes to vitalizing the Marunouchi area and sharing its culture. Mitsubishi Estate has participated as a sponsor since the first event. Roughly 100 free concerts were held at venues in a connected event area in Marunouchi (including the Marunouchi and Shin-Marunouchi Buildings) from April 29-May 6.
The music festival takes place throughout the entire area, including professional pianists and orchestra members in addition to a wide range of artists such as up-and-coming student performers and working adults. Mitsubishi Estate is striving for appealing, energetic urban development through various initiatives in the Marunouchi area.

Photo:La Folle Journée au Japon 2017 “Days of Enthusiasm” music festival area concert

La Folle Journée au Japon 2017 “Days of Enthusiasm” music festival area concert

Art Award Tokyo Marunouchi

Art Award Tokyo Marunouchi aims to discover, nurture, and support the talent of young artists, and to contribute to enlivening the area through art. Graduation projects created by major art university students around Japan are selected and exhibited in Marunouchi, and awards are given to talented artists with great future prospects. Since this award was started in 2007, it has functioned as a gateway for young artists. The exhibition has resulted in artists participating in individual and group exhibitions, and some are active in various fields. In 2017, 20 works were displayed at the Gyoko Chika Gallery, Shin-Marunouchi Building, and other locations from September 8-24. Mitsubishi Estate was a special sponsor, and started the Mitsubishi Estate Co., Ltd. Prize in FY2012.

Photo:Art Award Tokyo Marunouchi

Art Award Tokyo Marunouchi

GEIDAI ARTS in Marunouchi 2017

GEIDAI ARTS in Marunouchi 2017 was held at the Marunouchi Building over the 14-day period from October 16-29, 2017 by Mitsubishi Estate and Tokyo University of the Arts. This event supports up-and-coming artists from the next generation, and also allows visitors to the Marunouchi area to enjoy the fine arts through various types of experiential art events.
In FY2017, the eleventh event was expanded in terms of both time and area. Based on the theme of “GEIDAI, LIVE!!@MARUNOUCHI,” it included talks by famous guests from different industries (such as architect Kengo Kuma and artist Michihiko Yanai), live painting on a specially constructed stage in the Marunouchi Building, and auctions of works by students displayed in the venue.
Mitsubishi Estate established the Mitsubishi Estate Co., Ltd. Prize in 2008 to support young artists who graduated from the Tokyo University of the Arts and are likely to do great things in the future. During the event, recitals and exhibitions were held by the winners in the Music and Art Divisions.
To further enliven the Marunouchi area, Mitsubishi Estate will continue holding various events and sharing information about culture and art.

Photo:GEIDAI ARTS in Marunouchi 2017

GEIDAI ARTS in Marunouchi 2017

Marunouchi Street Gallery Photo Contest 2017

Mitsubishi Estate and the Chokoku-no-Mori Art Foundation cooperated to start the Marunouchi Street Gallery, which exhibits sculpture on Naka-dori Avenue in Marunouchi, in 1972. This has provided opportunities for many people to encounter art.
The Marunouchi Street Gallery Photo Contest 2017, a related event, took place in FY2017. With the theme of “My favorite urban scene with art,” prizes were given to scenic photographs including artworks on Marunouchi Naka-dori Avenue and at the Ichigokan Square.
Going forward, Mitsubishi Estate will continue enhancing its transmission of culture, arts, and history from Marunouchi, helping to grow it into an even more appealing area.

Photo:Marunouchi Street Gallery

Marunouchi Street Gallery

Supporting the NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo

Mitsubishi Estate has supported the NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo as a special corporate supporter since 1991 as one facet of its support for culture and fine arts. Mitsubishi Estate has also supported the Japan Philharmonic Orchestra as a special member since 1998 and the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra as a corporate sponsor since 2007.

Photo:(c)NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo

© NHK Symphony Orchestra, Tokyo