What is Beyond Invisible Borders ?

Beyond Invisible Borders is an art project where we will reflect on “invisible borders/walls” based on the hypothesis that there are many invisible walls / obstacles for many foreign residents and people with international backgrounds in Tokyo. Its purpose is to create a community, where residents in Tokyo - whether Japanese or foreign - can meet on a daily basis, while exploring these invisible borders faced by Tokyo residents (foreign residents in particular) and the problems caused by them.


We feel that, when people from various countries with different identities try to create something together, it results in them communicating with each individual with more respect regardless of their nationalities or cultural backgrounds. Our activities aim to rear these soft and flexible relationships within this group of individuals. We believe that these activities will give us experience and knowledge that will help us obtain the freedom and realization that are necessary for our co-existence in the future.


Beyond Invisible Borders Vol.1

Launching Kyodo 20_30 !

What is kyodo 20_30 ?

kyodo 20_30

● An art project where we collaborate with youth aged 20-30 who will be responsible for our society in 10 years (in 2030).

● Through various creations in regards to the “invisible borders/walls” which is the theme of Beyond Invisible Borders, we will have discussions and go through multiple processes for mutual-understanding.

● This program is based in Kyodo, Setagaya-ku in Tokyo, and it encourages participants to collaborate (kyodo) with people with different identities through workshops and lectures, and reflect on our future community (kyodo-tai).

kyodo 20_30 is looking for participants! Click JOIN US for details.

● If you are interested in this program, please feel free to ask us anything. 

We’re welcome to join our brand new project !

Please click below to visit the viewing page.


※ The URL of YouTube has been changed (Aug 31, 21:00)


Our Collaborators  The Professionals You Will Work with

We were able to find professionals in various fields to work with us as our collaborators for kyodo 20_30.


Examples of their professions include: a photographer, media artist, contemporary artist, actor, system engineer, graphic designer, picture book artist, philosophy (aesthetics studies) researcher, and stage director.


During kyodo 20_30, the players will speak with these collaborators for their research and collaborate on what they are interested in.


Project office


Recent Activities 

Recent Activities

Community hub An Atelier Which Locals Frequent

Our community hub is called Kyodo Atelier, a 3-storey atelier next to Tenso Shrine with its guardian forest. Located 15-minute away on foot from Kyodo Station, Kyodo Atelier is run by a couple who also work as architects. It is open to the local community, so it’s an art community spot that attracts many different people. The Kyodo area is a friendly neighborhood, where everyone including local residents and workers on the shopping street naturally greet each other. 

Community hub

kyodo 20_30 is looking for its “players” !

kyodo 20_30 is looking for participants aged between 20 and 30 who will be responsible for our society in 10 years (in 2030). We call them “players”. Players are our members who will plan the project with our collaborators. If you become a player, it will be up to you how you will participate - whether you want to come up with your own program yourself, or you just want to listen to everybody else. Different ways of participation are welcome.


Because of our project administration and its concept, please refer to the following requirements below before applying:


● Be between 20 and 30 years old as of 2020

● Be able to participate in the program held bi-monthly in Kyodo, Setagaya

**We need participants to be able to join each session in person, as various workshops will be planned as in-person workshops. (However, it is possible to organize some of them online if social conditions render it difficult/impossible to organize in-person events.)

We will shift from in-person programming to online programming in any of the following situations:

  • If governmental bodies ban/strongly discourage gatherings, for example by declaring a state of emergency.

  • If any of the participants or Kyodo Atelier visitors were infected with COVID-19 in the past 14 days.

  • If the project administrators have come to the conclusion to stop in-person programming in consideration of various social conditions including an increase in the number of confirmed cases in Tokyo.

**Please click here to check our COVID-19 preventative measures.

We ask our participants for their cooperation.

**Program content is subject to change.

**The program will be offered primarily in Japanese. But language support in English and Mandarin Chinese can be provided.

 Ideal Traits 

● Foreign residents and those with foreign backgrounds

● Those who are interested in international communication - particularly

 communication with people with different cultural and linguistic backgrounds

● Those who are interested in art and creation, but not necessarily sure where to start

● Those who want to meet people with whom you can create something or

 have discussions together


 Number of Participants 

Approx. 10

**If we receive more participation requests, we will speak with each of you to discuss your

purpose of participation and possible ways of participation.

 Participation Fee 



 Program Schedule 

Every other Saturday in the afternoon from October 2020 to February 2021
(for approx. 3-4 hours)



Kyodo Atelier (4-31-8 Kyoto, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 〒156-0052)

As well as various other spots around Kyodo, Setagaya-ku


 Application Deadline 

September 13th, 2020 at 24:00 (EOD) 

<Player applications have been closed> We have reached the maximum number of players, so we're closing the application process. Thank you very much for the many applications.

 How to Apply 

To apply, please fill out the form↓

kyodo 20_30 welcomes many different ways of participation, including occasional drop-ins. There is no deadline for applications here. Please feel free to contact us.

Please ask any questions on the form for any details.


About shelf

shelf is a contemporary theatre company based in Tokyo, and one of the three organizers of Beyond Invisible Borders planned as part of the Tokyo Artpoint project. The name originates from the word bookshelf. The company is known for 1) its way of capturing the contemporary and aesthetic sense of space and time and 2) its performance style called “Narrative Theatre”, where it radiates energy created by the actors’ silence on stage.


shelf has participated in many international collaborative works, where they had many discoveries and encounters. Beyond Invisible Borders is a project inspired by these discoveries and encounters.

Theatre Company shelf→https://theatre-shelf.org/

[ Contact ]

Beyond Invisible Borders Administrative Office (@ Theatre Company shelf)

102 Space Sakura, 3-9-6, Sakura Jo-sui, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 〒156-156-0045

Tel: 090-6139-9578 

Fax: 03-5317-0802 

E-mail: info@tokyokokkyo.tokyo


主催:東京都、公益財団法人東京都歴史文化財団 アーツカウンシル東京、一般社団法人 shelf

Organized by Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Arts Council Tokyo(Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History andCulture),

shelf Association

本事業は「東京アートポイント計画」として実施しています。東京アートポイント計画は、地域・市民が参画するアートプロジェクトを通じて、東京の多様な魅力を創造・発信することを目指し、東京都と公益財団法人東京都歴史文化財団 アーツカウンシル東京が展開している事業です。まちなかにある様々な地域資源を結ぶアートプロジェクトを、アーティストと市民が協働して実施・展開することで、継続的な活動を可能にするプラットフォームを形成し、地域社会の担い手となるNPOを育成します。https://www.artscouncil-tokyo.jp/ja/

This project is organized as part of the Tokyo Artpoint project. The Tokyo Artpoint project is run by Tokyo Metropolitan Government and Arts Council Tokyo(Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture), and it aims to promote various attractions Tokyo has to offer, through art projects in which local residents participate. These art projects will be organized by artists and locals together, so they can connect and gather all the local resources in the city - eventually resulting in establishing local nonprofit organizations that function as sustainable platforms for local activities.  https://www.artscouncil-tokyo.jp/en/

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