Tokyo Tech News
Tokyo Tech News
The Ookayama North Exit Shopping Area was particularly lively from October 24 to 30, 2022 thanks to the Oooshirumachi Project, a student-led initiative that brought a number of events and exhibitions to the area throughout the week. This project was born from a Tokyo Tech student group's desire to interact with local citizens, spread knowledge about the Ookayama area, and help develop a deeper affinity for the neighborhood. The student group spent roughly half a year preparing for the weeklong event, building the interior of the rented venue by hand and creating a truly unique space for all members of the community.
In addition to the events that had been scheduled beforehand, the venue also hosted a number of spontaneous occasions such as a pottery class held by an inspired passerby and a previously unplanned lecture on urban development aimed at 2nd-year Department of Architecture and Building Engineering students by a Tokyo Tech faculty member. The inviting, spur-of-the-moment environment attracted over 500 visitors to the venue over the seven-day period.
The Oooshirumachi Project included the following exhibitions and events.
4th year, Architecture and Building Engineering
We were able to talk with many local residents by holding these exhibitions and events, and we realized that Ookayama is a town loved by everyone. We met many people who had a deep knowledge about the history of the area, and we received advice from others who were interested in urban development. Many encounters were created thanks to the setting of the event, and it was a very fulfilling week. In the future, we hope to provide more opportunities for Tokyo Tech students, who have been coming to Ookayama for years, to learn more about the charms of the area.
The Oooshirumachi Project is an initiative led by eight bachelor's and master's program students in the Department of Architecture and Building Engineering. The project began because the students themselves, who attend Tokyo Tech on its Ookayama Campus, wanted to know more about the surrounding area and share what they like about Ookayama with the local community and other Tokyo Tech students. A significant part of the project involves writing articles about the appealing features of Ookayama on the Note information sharing website (Japanese), which is open for all to read.
The Oooshirumachi Project was a finalist in the Future Creation Challenge contest in 2022, and is supported by the Tokyo Institute of Technology Fund.
This event is supported by Tokyo Tech Fund