U.S. - Japan Creative Forum

Doors Open: 7:45PM Session: 8PM-10PM


Planning Support:

Kohei Nawa (Sculptor, SANDWICH Director)
Naoki Ito (Creative Director, Founder and CEO, PARTY)
Yayoi Shionoiri (Assistant General Counsel, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation)
Eri Takane (Director, +81 Gallery New York)
Academy Hills 49th FL, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower
FREE (RSVP required)
The Excutive Committee for U.S.-Japan Creative Forum
U.S. Embassy, Tokyo
Eri Takane


On Friday, September 26 at Roppongi Academy Hills, a creative forum with artists and creative professionals from contemporary visual art, design, law and arts management is slated to take place. Featured speakers include the artist, Nawa Kohei, designer/creative director Naoki Ito, and New York based lawyer Yayoi Shionoiri who specializes in working with artists and arts organizations. The speakers are known to cross borders in terms of mode of expression, genre and culture in their own right. But what kind of real issues do they come against when crossing borders in genre? And how do they and their teams find solutions? As the world becomes a flat place due to ongoing digitalization and globalization, individual ideas and visions have come to bear increasing importance. Eri Takane, director at +81 Gallery NY who supports efforts by young artists working internationally, will moderate the discussion that focuses on “internationalizing individual talents” along with her own experiences as an art administrator. This cross-disciplinary talk aims to be a practical forum for young creators, as well as those who support them, in fostering discussion/debate/negotiation skills necessary for survival in global arena, to offer invaluable insights into how things really work in the United States.




Eri Takane (Director, +81 Gallery New York) speech
Kohei Nawa (Sculptor, SANDWICH Director)
Yayoi Shionoiri (Assistant General Counsel, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation)
Naoki Ito (Creative Director, Founder and CEO, PARTY)
Panel Discussion
Moderator Eri Takane



Kohei Nawa


Naoki Ito

Naoki Ito is a Creative Director and our CEO. Born in Shizuoka, Japan, in 1971. He graduated from Waseda university. Ito has worked for clients such as Nike, Google, Sony and MUJI for creative direction. His solution for communication design involving physicality and experimentation is highly regarded world-wide with many awards to his name. Ito has won over 200 awards at home and abroad. His most recognized work, the real-time interactive documentary for Sagami Condom 'Love Distance' won the Gold Film Lion in 2009 - the first Japanese creative to do so in 13 years. Besides from being responsible for winning awards, he has also served as a judge at over 10 domestic and international awards including D&AD and NY ADC. Recently he has worked on "OMOTE 3D SHASHIN KAN”, the world’s first 3D printing photo booth; "mini to Go", the global campaign for MUJI to GO; and "PARTY Not There", an exhibition at Ginza Graphic Gallery. In 2011 and 2012, The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) appointed Ito as the Creative Director of the Cool Japan Strategy Promotion Program. Ito is also a Professor at Kyoto University of Art and Design.


Yayoi Shionoiri

Yayoi Shionoiri is the Assistant General Counsel to The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation. Focusing on art law at non-profit institutions, she advises the Foundation on all legal matters related to groundbreaking art exhibitions and related programming at Guggenheim museums and other cultural institutions throughout the world. Previously, she served as Legal Advisor to Japanese artist Takashi Murakami, leading legal transactions, museum negotiations and intellectual property challenges across Asia and the United States. Beyond the practice of law, her interdisciplinary academic research on modern and contemporary Japanese art examines the effects of legal paradigms on artistic production, analyzing the application of copyright and intellectual property frameworks to the protection of artists’ rights. As a US-Japan Leadership Program Fellow (2010/2011) and an Asia 21 Young Leader (2013), she contributes to the ongoing development of cultural collaborations across nations. She received her A.B. from Harvard University, J.D. from Cornell Law School and M.A. in Modern Art: Critical Studies from Columbia University.



Eri Takane

Organizer of this forum. Producer and independent curator. Born 1984 in Tokyo. Upon completing her BA in psychology at Hunter College, she entered the graduate program in Visual Arts Administration at New York University, and subsequently established Eri Takane Art Management Services LLC. Her curatorial projects include Celestial Dome at Trestle Gallery, Art Show in NYU Business School at NYU Stern College. In addition, she manages artist Shingo Francis, and previously has worked as a fashion producer for ELLE Mexico, Grazia UK, AMICA ITALY. She has written for artist talks at Asia Society NY, an article on Sarah Sze “When Art and Science Meet: Sarah Sze and Siddehartha Mukherjee,” as well as the art section of the guide book series “Chikyu no Aruki Kata.” Upon completing her master’s degree, she joined Japan Foundation New York, and currently works as director at +81 Gallery New York.



Academy Hills 49th FL, Roppongi Hills Mori Tower

Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 49F, 6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-6149