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AIR 3331

Objective What sets apart the AIR 3331 program is that creators can stay at the heart of Tokyo to create and then present their work, giving them the chance to become directly involved with the Japanese art scene and local community.Providing an intensive period of stay and production, the AIR 3331 program has hosted artists, curators and researchers who act as “magnets”, interlinking their respective bases of activity through art. The program aims to facilitate discovery and the mutual exchange of diverse values at a local level, inspired by the unique culture, history and stories of the immediate Tokyo (Chiyoda City) community. The program openly welcomes participants from Japan and overseas who work in a diverse range of genres, including visual and media art, design, performing arts, music and architecture. Our program places no limit on the form of media or the resulting production of work, making it ideal for those looking to create freely and independently.
Organization activities -Artists-in-residence program
Founded in 2010
Background AIR 3331 is uniquely centered in the eclectic Kanda area and set to the backdrop of Tokyo, whose figure as an international city intersects with the atmosphere of the past, as seen in Akihabara, Ochanomizu, Iwamotocho, Ueno, and other nearby neighborhoods. Participants have the opportunity to stay, create, and present right in the heart of Tokyo’s art scene at AIR 3331’s facilities located in Iwamotocho, just a few steps away from Akihabara.

The non-governmental organization Command A, LLC. ran by the artist Masato Nakamura, founded the art center known as 3331 Arts Chiyoda, which reutilized the former Rensei Junior High School and held numerous creative projects spanning all fields of art and culture until its closure in March 2023.

Amongst the varied arts and cultural programming that continues to be organized by Command A, the current AIR 3331 residence program was initiated with the aim of creating space and opportunity for both domestic and overseas artists to undertake research and presentation.

For those interested in the independent and alternative creative activities particular to urban space and a uniquely Japanese society, AIR 3331 welcomes you to experience our program under the mandate of "a space made for ourselves, by ourselves".
Location / Environment In the core of downtown Tokyo, AIR 3331’s facilities sit in one of the most eclectic neighborhoods in Japan called Kanda. The residence is a convenient base between sites of tradition and the ultra-modern. Studios and accommodations have easy access to key areas of the art scene, from quaint galleries nestled in Bakurocho to the diverse and large range of activities happening at every cornerof the city, carried out by the program’s organizers and affiliated creators. With the buzzing electronic district of Akihabara a step away and the Edo spirit embedded in every fabric of the city, the discoveries to be made here are endless.

Explore the cutting-edge spaces of East Tokyo, where AIR 3331 sits among many local revitalization projects, including old bathhouses and apartments that are now galleries and creative spaces. The green, museum-rich Ueno Park is a quick walk from the residence, while nearby small galleries clustered in Bakurocho switch from one unique curation to the next. Every season has its own festivals and events, one being New Year’s rice cake pounding (mochitsuki) – residents are always welcome to join! Look even deeper to find rare and quality materials for artwork production all long as you are willing to search!
Contact AIR 3331
6-12-5-2F Sotokanda Chiyoda-ku Tokyo 101-0021 Japan
TEL:03-6803-2441 /FAX:03-6803-2442
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Contact person : Emily McDowell, Hiroyuki Kimura

Facility information

Studio informationAvailable

Studio options include: A shared studio space within the Iwamotocho Residence facility.


4 rooms (each accomodates 1 - 2 participants); shared living quarters including living/dining room, fully equipped kitchen, bath/shower, and toilet.

Presentation spaceAvailable


3-minute walk from Toei Shinjuku Line Iwamotocho Sta. Exit A4
6-minute walk from JR Akihabara Station Showa-dori Exit
4-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line Akihabara Station Exit 4

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