History of YCAM

Pre-opening

May, 1988 — November, 2003

1988

May

The Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications announces aconcept for revitalization of communication of regional information(incubation concept). Inquiry conducted in relation to the creation of zones with an information function in Yamaguchi City(-March 1989).

1989

June

Finalization of Fourth Yamaguchi City Comprehensive Plan[establishment of information,business and cultural zones and positioning of the Cultural Exchange Plaza (provisional name) ].

1993

April

Finalization of the Yamaguchi Media and Culture City Basic Plan.

1994

December

Finalization of the Cultural Exchange Plaza (provisional name) Basic Concept.

1996

March

Establishment of the Yamaguchi City Foundation for Cultural Promotion

May

Finalization of the Cultural Exchange Plaza (provisional name) Basic Plan.

September

Architectural proposals for the preliminary design. (Agreement concluded with Arata Isozaki Atelier in November.)

1998

May

Announcement of Cultural Exchange Plaza(provisional name) Prelimary Design.

September

Inaugural meeting of local research group for Cultural Exchange Plaza (provisional name) soft planning (held a total of 16 times).

1999

May

Cultural Exchange Plaza(provisional name) soft planning report released.

First symposium “A town that creates comes alive” held.

Proposal for review of the Cultural Exchange Plaza(provisional name)Basic Plan released.

June

Little Plaza public forum held.

August

Second symposium held. "Information,culture and revitalization of the regions" lecture and panel discussion held.

November

Decision for a simultaneous upgrade of the Cultural Exchange Plaza(provisional name)and the Municipal Library.

2000

February

Nakazono Cultural Institute planning and operations council meeting established (held a total of five times thereafter).

May

Nakazono Cultural Institute "information and opinion exchange" meeting established (held a total of seven times thereafter).

August

Preliminary design approved at the fifth Nakazono Cultural Institute planning and operations council meeting and finalized at city council meeting.

November

Planning and operations meeting established (held a total of three times thereafter).

2001

May

Design for the Nakazono Cultural Institute finalized. Name decided on for the facility is the Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media.

August

Construction of the Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media and commencement of the upgrade of Yamaguchi Central Park.

2002

March

Cornerstone-laying ceremony for the Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media.

May

New mayor orders construction of the Nakazono Cultural Institution to be temporarily suspended.

June

Meeting of the Citizens’ Review Committee held (held thereafter a total of eight times by July).

July

Submission of Citizens' Review Committee's proposal. Report from the City Council, construction restarted on 24 July.

August

Finalization of basic plan for Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media.

2003

April

Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media completion ceremony.

Post-opening

November, 2003 — 

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2003

November 1

Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media opens.

2004

December

The number of YCAM visitors since opening reaches 1,000,000.

2005

April

Toru Yamamoto is appointed General Director of the Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media.

October

The adjacent towns of Tokuji (Saba District), Aio, Ajisu and Ogōri (all Yoshiki District) are merged into Yamaguchi, marking the start of a new generation for Yamaguchi City.

2006

February

The number of YCAM visitors since opening reaches 2,000,000.

2007

April

Akeo Adachi (formerly Director of the Hagi Uragami Museum, Yamaguchi) is appointed Director of the Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media.

May

The number of YCAM visitors since opening reaches 3,000,000.

2008

July

Start of the YCAM 5th Anniversary Program. (-March 2009).

October

The number of YCAM visitors since opening reaches 4,000,000.

YCAM wins the Public Buildings Association’s highest Public Buildings Award in the Cultural Facilities section (given by the Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism).

2010

January

Integration of the town of Ato into Yamaguchi City.

February

The number of YCAM visitors since opening reaches 5,000,000.

August

The exhibition “Cloud Forest” by Fujiko Nakaya and Shiro Takatani is held as part of a program celebrating the 650th anniversary of the establishment of Yamaguchi Prefecture, and the 300th anniversary of the restoration of Yuda Onsen.

2011

April

The Yamaguchi City Foundation for Cultural Promotion is turned into a Public Interest Incorporated Foundation.

July

The number of YCAM visitors since opening reaches 6,000,000.

December

The videodance piece ”Choreography filmed: 5days of movement” unveiled by Tsuyoshi Shirai earlier this year is one of the Jury Selections in the Art Division of the Japan Media Arts Festival.

2012

May

The “Korogaru Koen”, a park style playground for children, is unveiled. In addition to Yamaguchi, updated versions in the “Korogaru Koen” series are subsequently implemented also in Sapporo and Tokyo.

July

Four YCAM workshops for kids receive the Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry Award, the highest prize given as part of the Kids Design Association’s Kids Design Award.

October

Joint research and development project "TECHTILE" by YCAM and Keio University wins the Japan Institute of Design Promotion’s Good Design Award.

November

The number of YCAM visitors since opening reaches 7,000,000.

December

Seiko Mikami’s installation “Desire of Codes”, first unveiled in 2010, wins a Grand Prize in the Art Division of the Japan Media Arts Festival. exonemo’s installation ”The EyeWalker”, and ”skinslides“ by newClear (Richi Owaki), unveiled in 2011 and 2009 respectively, are both included in the Jury Selections in the same division.

2013

July

The YCAM 10th Anniversary Program “Art and Environment for Tomorrow” starts under the artistic direction of musician Ryuichi Sakamoto. A total of about 300,000 visitors are counted until the program’s end in March 2014.

December

“Sports Time Machine”, a project by Hiroshi Inukai and Ryoko Ando that was first introduced at the YCAM 10th Anniversary Program, wins an Excellence Award in the Japan Media Arts Festival’s Entertainment Division. The “Korogaru Pavilion”, another park style playground produced at YCAM, is included in the Jury Selections in the same division, while the joint research and development project “Reactor for Awareness in Motion (RAM)” by YCAM and Yoko Ando is one of the Jury Selections in the festival’s Art Division.

2014

March

The number of YCAM visitors since opening reaches 8,000,000.

July

The YCAM-produced park style playground “Korogaru Pavilion” wins the Kids Design Association’s Kids Design Award.

October

The "Korogaru Koen" series of YCAM-produced park style playgrounds, as well as the joint research and development project "Reactor for Awareness in Motion (RAM)", both win the Japan Institute of Design Promotion's Good Design Award.

2015

August

The number of YCAM visitors since opening reaches 9,000,000.

2017

February

The number of YCAM visitors since opening reaches 10,000,000.

2018

April

Hajime Masuda is appointed Director of the Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media.

2020

April

Tadayuki Miwa is appointed Director of the Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media.

YCAM Initiatives