[Deadline Extension] IMM Open Call Exhibition | Call for Expressions of Creativity from People Living in Japan Who Have Roots Overseas

Application Period: 2023.7.21 - 2023.9.15

The Immigration Museum Tokyo (IMM Tokyo) is a project that through contemporary art techniques expresses the daily lives of people of foreign origin living in Japan and their feelings, that cannot be conveyed through words alone. For the Tokyo Biennale 2023, IMM Tokyo will hold an open call exhibition in the fall of 2023, using the show windows of office building in the Daimaruyu area (Otemachi, Marunouchi, and Yurakucho) as exhibition spaces for people of expression with overseas roots.

Paintings, sculpture, recipes, lullabies etc. Why not exhibit your culture, customs, and expressions in the city of Tokyo? Through these showcases or “windows” in the center of Tokyo, where many people come and go, we aim to create a place for communicating the lived experiences of each person in diverse ways.


Application Requirements

  1. We accept submissions from people living in Japan with backgrounds overseas.
  2. We welcome participants from any nationality and age. Children, adults, students, homemakers, professionals, amateurs etc. of any occupation are all eligible.
  3. You can apply as an individual or as a group. For group applications, at least one member of the group must have backgrounds overseas.
  4. We welcome any kind of work or expression, genre and material.
  5. Those who can bring their works directly to the exhibition venue (Tokyo Station area) at the beginning of October.



Each entrant may submit one entry in each of the following sections. If you wish to apply for both, please apply separately.

1. Art Piece Section
Paintings, sculpture, photography, studio crafts, illustration and drawings, calligraphy, etc.

2. Creative Life Section
Lullabies, recipes, handicraft, clothing, hand-made charms etc. We want to learn from your creativity with items or things you do in your daily life in Japan while maintaining the culture(s) of your own. For example, a recipe for a dish from your own country made with ingredients available in Japan, or a handmade item that you use as a charm, etc.


Flow from Application to Exhibition

1. Submitting your artwork

Application period: July 21 (Fri) – August 31 (Thu), 2023 September 15, 2023 (extended)
How to apply: Please send us your application information in one of the following ways. The information can be submitted in either Japanese or English.


A. E-mail

Please fill out and attach the application information file below and send it to the e-mail address below. Alternatively, you may include your responses to the items listed in the file in the body of the e-mail.

E-mail Address:
Subject: IMM Tokyo 2023
Application information: PDF | MS-Word


B. Google Form

Please apply here.

2. Notification from IMM Tokyo

Notification period: By September 8 (Fri), 2023, we will inform you of the selection results.
Your reply deadline: September 15 (Fri). Please let us know if you will exhibit your artwork or not by this date.

*In the event of a large number of applicants, it may not be possible to exhibit all works and expressions. In this case, you will be also notified individually.

3. Deciding the exhibition content in consultation with our team

Consultation meeting: One time (30-60 minutes) between September 15 (Fri) and 22 (Fri), 2023
Meeting contents: An online meeting to discuss the exhibition space and installation method as we ask questions about your artwork.

*Two to three secretariat and construction staff will participate.
*We can arrange an in-person meeting instead of online by request.

4. Installing your artwork

Period: Three days from October 4 (Wed) – 6 (Fri), 2023
How to bring in: Bring your artwork directly to the exhibition venue (in the Tokyo Station area).

5. ExhibitionTitle: IMM Open Call Exhibition "It’s Not a Cultural Showcase, but a Window to the Soul"
Period: October 7 (Sat) – November 5 (Sun), 2023
Venue: The showcases/windows of various office buildings in the Daimaruyu area (around Tokyo Station).
Viewing time: Depends on the hours of each exhibition site
6. Uninstalling your artwork

Period: Between November 6 (Mon) and 12 (Sun), 2023
How to Uninstall: Come to pick up your artwork directly from the exhibition venue.

*Your personal information will be strictly managed, and used only for the purpose of pursuing this project and for contacting you.
*Please understand that the contents of the program are subject to change for unexpected reasons.


IMM Tokyo Open Call Exhibition: It’s not a cultural showcase, but a window to the soul

A project to publicly invite expressions by the people living in Japan who have roots overseas, born from their daily lives.