"Making of Tokyo Sky Tree®" Exhibition to be Held in Kitakyushu, Fukuoka Prefecture [October 15 (Sat.) - December 18 (Sun.), 2011]

Making of Tokyo Sky Tree(R)
Making of Tokyo Sky Tree(R)
Making of Tokyo Sky Tree(R)
Making of Tokyo Sky Tree(R)

The "Making of Tokyo Sky Tree®" Exhibition that was held at Miraikan from July to October 2011 will be held at the Kitakyushu Innovation Gallery & Studio (KIGS; also known as the Kitakyushu Industrial Technology Aggregation & Preservation Center) in Kitakyushu Prefecture. The Kitakyushu Innovation Gallery & Studio was established in Yahata-Higashida, which is the birthplace of modern steelmaking in Japan, based upon the theme of "innovation." KIGS integrates technology with design to foster the development of new innovations that incorporate the wisdom of Japanese and Kitakyushu pioneers of numerous past innovations into development for the future. In order to foster the ability to create new innovations, it holds a variety of participatory, hands-on events throughout the year that can be enjoyed by everyone from children to adults, including lectures related to technical renovations and design as well as first-hand experience with making things.

- Exhibition Outline -
Venue: Kitakyushu Innovation Gallery & Studio
Term of Exhibition: October 15 (Sat.) - December 18 (Sun.), 2011
Sponsors: Kitakyushu City, Kitakyushu Innovation Gallery & Studio
Planning and Production: National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation, NHK Enterprises, Obayashi Corporation, Nikken Sekkei Ltd.
Special Cooperation: Obayashi Corporation
Special Cooperation and Exhibition Design: Nikken Sekkei Ltd.
In Association With: Kitakyushu Board of Education, Kitakyushu City PTA, Kitakyushu Chamber of Commerce and Industry, JR Kyushu, Nishitetsu Bus Kitakyushu Co., Ltd. (in no particular order)
In Special Association With: Tobu Railway Co., Ltd., Tobu Tower Sky Tree Co., Ltd.

- Purpose of the Exhibition -
This exhibition will introduce the cutting-edge science and technology which made the construction of the world's tallest stand-alone communication tower possible, with Tokyo Sky Tree being treated as a unique symbol. It is a Special Exhibition where visitors will think about the ideal future city while rediscovering Japan's unique philosophy and MONOZUKURI (Manufacturing) culture due to the fact that it reflects input from those who were actually present at the construction site. Visitors can experience the atmosphere of the worksite through a full-sized truss mock-up and the dynamic high vision images taken at the construction site of Tokyo Sky Tree through the exhibition. From the construction workers portrayed in Ukiyoe of the Edo Period and design drawings of the actual Tokyo Sky Tree, visitors can see the MONOZUKURI spirit of Japanese people carried on to the modern days.