Past Program

Japan: Tsukiji Market Kitchen of Japan

The Tokyo Metropolitan Central Wholesale Market, also known as the Tsukiji Market, is on the move, again. It is the largest of its kind and one of the oldest in the world with its history dating back 400 years.

At-A-Glance

What
Wintersession Travel Course
Where
  • Tokyo, Japan
When
Winter 2011

Course Dates: Jan 3, 2011 — Feb 9, 2011

Who
Open to RISD students, Brown University students
Faculty
Academic Credits
6
Department
  • Interior Architecture
  • Graphic Design
Course Numbers
  • ARCH W202
  • GRAPH 3154
Cost
$3596

Includes accommodation, field trips, local transportation, all meals, museum entrances, health and travel insurance.

Full Course Description

The Tokyo Metropolitan Central Wholesale Market, also known as the Tsukiji Market, is on the move, again. It is the largest of its kind and one of the oldest in the world with its history dating back 400 years. The market is filled with a unique culture that operates under its own business model and has a life of its own, which has been developed over the centuries. After many years of debates over feasibility, historical values and social and economical impacts, the Tokyo Metropolitan government announced its plan to relocate rather than to renovate the aging structure of the market. The move is set to begin in 2012. As designers, artists, and outsiders, we will seek various entry points (physical and mental) to the market and gather information, collect artifacts and document it using different media and methods. The final week will be used for creating an exhibit that portrays, translates and reveals the lives and movements of this monstrous market. The exhibit will travel from Tokyo to NYC, making a few stops in between. The market is also called “The kitchen of Japan.” As with any house, we will get to know its occupants by cooking, eating, and being in the kitchen.

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