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Koganecho Artist-in-Residence Program

  • Host organization

    Koganecho Area Management Center

  • Address

    Site-B Beneath the Railways, 1-4 Koganecho,Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa, 231-0054, Japan

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Objective The Koganecho Area Management Center offers two types of artist-in-residence programs: one program for guest artists invited to participate in Koganecho Bazaar, our annual art festival, and another program for fee-paying artists.
We aim to open up new possibilities for our local community by inviting artists and curators working in various fields, including architects, from Japan and abroad to play leading roles in our artist-in-residence program and freely make the best use of the urban area, a space for our everyday lives, as a place for experimentation. Moreover, our vision is to further develop our international exchange programs for which we have built up human networks in Asia and other places since our center’s establishment.
Organization activities -Art festival "Koganecho Bazaar" and other arts events
-International cultural exchange
-Koganecho Art School
-Area management
Founded in 2009
Background The Hatsuko-Hinodecho area, consisting of the Hatsunecho, Koganecho and Hinodecho districts, in Yokohama City was home to many small-scale business properties used for illegal business including brothels in the disguise of restaurants or bars, numbering about 260 in 2004. These conditions in the area caused the living environment to deteriorate and posed a serious challenge for the local community, forcing many traditional businesses and residents to move out of the area.
In November 2003, to tackle this situation, local residents established the Association for Hatsunecho, Koganecho and Hinodecho Environmental Cleanup, which has promoted the building of a safe and secure community in collaboration with diverse parties, including the local government, police, and universities. In January 2005, the Kanagawa prefectural police carried out Operation “Bye-Bye” to drive illegal small-scale businesses into closure. The police still continue keeping watch over the area 24 hours a day.
In 2008, Keikyu Corporation and Yokohama City cooperated to build culture & art studios under the Keikyu railway tracks. That same year, with the aim of community-building based on the power of art, local residents, the local government, police, companies, universities and art experts came together to create an executive committee, and organized Koganecho Bazaar 2008. After the first Koganecho Bazaar, the non-profit organization Koganecho Area Management Center was established in April 2009 in order to continue promoting a comprehensive community building.
Location / Environment Koganecho artist-in-residence program is unique in that it is implemented near downtown Yokohama and provides artists with an opportunity to stay, and create and showcase their artworks in an environment that is integrated into the urban community. The program is also distinct from others in that it features a wide variety of studios scattered around the area, such as studios that were converted from properties once used for illegal business, and culture & art studios under the Keikyu railway tracks, enabling many artists to perform their creative activities at the same time. Friendly association among artists and between artists and local people characterizes the art production environment of Koganecho.
Contact Koganecho Area Management Center
Site-B Beneath the Railways, Koganecho,Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa 231-0054, Japan

Facility information

Studio informationAvailable

9.95 - 55.62 sq. m
* Facility conditions, including size and equipment, depend on the properties.


23.9 - 32.9 sq. m
* Facility conditions, including size and equipment, depend on the properties.

Presentation spaceAvailable

66.15 - 99.18 sq. m
* Facility conditions, including size and equipment, depend on the properties.


6 min. walk from Keikyu Line Hinodecho station or 5 min. from Keikyu Line Koganecho station via Yokohama station
15 min. walk from Metro and JR Sakuragicho station
15 min. walk from JR Kannai station
10 min. walk from Metro Isezaki-chojyamachi station