[61] Harmonica Alley Exhibition and Events in Yokohama

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This exhibition and event series explore urban transformation in Japan between the Tokyo Olympics 1964 and 2020. In particular, the exhibition focuses on Miyakobashi Yokocho in Yokohama, which is home to sixty-one lift-sized spaces: ‘sunakku’ (snack bars), frequented by business men, local residents and the occasional tourist alike.

Constructed in 1964, just in time for Tokyo’s Summer Olympics, Miyakobashi Shopping Centre transformed a formerly cluttered black market area into an orderly urban marketplace. Over several decades, courageous women converted Miyakobashi into the vibrant entertainment block it is today. The history of Miyakobashi Shopping Street can be regarded an example for “best practice” in the preservation of local heritage.

A series of workshops with academics, students and artists explore the impact of mega-events on the urban fabric. They focus on the importance of local heritage in tangible and intangible terms. Questions asked include: Why are small urban places, such as Miyakobashi Yokocho, important for urban life and the community? What did it involve to save the building? What kind of social movement does it take to save a building and the community embedded within and around it?

The exhibition documents Miyakobashi Yokocho in drawings, photographs and text. It reveals the importance of small urban spaces as community anchors under redevelopment pressures, particularly in view of Tokyo’s Summer Olympics 2020.


25 November – 17 December 2017

Opening times:

Tuesday – Friday 4pm – 8pm
Saturday/Sunday 12pm – 8pm

Public Workshop:

Saturday, 16 December 2017, 2pm – 6pm


〒231-0054 Kanagawa-ken, Yokohama-shi, Naka-ku, Koganecho, 1 Chome, 黄金町芸術センターSite―Aギャラリー


Everyone welcome! Free!


〒231-0054 横浜市中区黄金町1丁目



火〜金16:00〜20:00 / 週末12:00〜20:00


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