Monozukuri Event: SumiFa
A passionate talk session among Tokyo’s three representative manufacturing cities, Sumida, Taito and Ota. From Sumida, Kume Nobuyuki of Kume Textile Industries and Mita Daisuke of the Haizai (revaluing wastes) Project, from Taito, Kimoto Seiichi of Monomachi (ArtiTown), and from Ota, Tanaka Hiroto of the Ota Open Factory took part. Roughly 100 people gathered at Sumida Park Gallery Sasaya.
People wanting to take part in manufacturing work in Sumida, to make contact with the real work of artisans, gathered from various corners. Tours including a “designers only tour,” “foreigners and Japanese tour,” and “empty buildings for artisan work tour” were all filled to capacity.
Sumifa Open Factories
A chance to view factories usually not open to public, such as those producing plastics, metals, fibers and
soaps. Exciting plans such as workshops with artisans teaching their trades and sales on location at factories were included, and both children and adults taking part were thrilled.
SumiFa Gourmet Circuit
Famous Sumida cafés and restaurants also took part. Just saying “I’m here for SumiFa” meant special treatment, and conversation about SumiFa flourished with visiting customers.
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