History of YCAM

1988

  • 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

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

1993

  • Finalization of the Yamaguchi Media and Culture City Basic Plan.

1994

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

1996

  • 財団法人山口市文化振興財団設立

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

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

1998

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

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

1999

  • 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.

  • Little Plaza public forum held.

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

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

2000

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

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

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

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

2001

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

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

2002

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

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

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

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

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

2003

  • Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media completion ceremony.

  • Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media opens.

2004

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

2005

  • 山口情報芸術センター総合館長に山本徹が就任

  • 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

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

2007

  • 山口情報芸術センター館長に足立明男(前・山口県立萩美術館館長)が就任

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

2008

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

  • 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).

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

2010

  • Integration of the town of Ato into Yamaguchi City.

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

  • 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

  • 山口市文化振興財団が公益財団法人に移行

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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • “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

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

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

  • 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

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

2017

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