"ONE - Our New Episode" - new title for TOKYO 2020 NIPPON FESTIVAL's Theme "Towards the Realisation of Inclusive Society"

People from diverse backgrounds to form a "Human Orchestra" in Shibuya, Tokyo to welcome the Paralympic Games

Creative Director Kenji Kohashi announces “ONE - Our New Episode”

“ONE - Our New Episode” will be the new title of “Towards the Realisation of Inclusive Society” – one of the four programmes of the TOKYO 2020 NIPPON FESTIVAL which will run in conjunction with the Tokyo 2020 Games.

“ONE - Our New Episode” will see various artistic displays and performances to be staged by a diverse range of people from different backgrounds to form a “Human Orchestra” which is the main concept for this festival theme.

Creative director Kenji Kohashi said, “Learning to achieve harmony by blending various individualities through things like an orchestra represents a process whereby we can learn about others while also learning about ourselves. And hopefully that will contribute to producing a society in which we can mutually appreciate each other.”

The Human Orchestra in Shibuya

Creative Director Kenji Kohashi together with the members of “ONE - Our New Episode”

The “Human Orchestra” will be staged before the commencement of the Paralympic Games in Shibuya, considered to be one of the most exciting and contemporary cities in Tokyo.

“Through music, culture, art, and performance the “Human Orchestra” will spread throughout the city and various personalities shine. By witnessing this, everyone will experience and be transformed,” Kohashi said.

“This is the concept: Let's come together and create a harmony such as never been heard before, in which everyone, be he or she can express his or her unique individuality while interacting with other members of the orchestra,” he continued.

“We will develop a new cultural programme in Shibuya that embodies the true meaning of “diversity and inclusion”. The general public will be able to participate and create new stories that transcend various disciplines,” he added.

At the conference, human orchestra member wheelchair dancer Kenta Kanbara, dancer Aoi Yamada, and artist and creator Bunta Shimizu gave a collaborative dance performance

Artist Masatoshi Muto composed the music used in the dance performance

Kids appeared in gorgeous costumes as part of artist Vivien Sato's head dress workshop

A pre-event “ONE - Our New Episode - in KANAGAWA” will be held on Sunday 6 October at Nihon-odori street in front of the Kanagawa prefectural government and the Kanagawa prefectural government main building in Kanagawa, southwest of Tokyo.

Details of the pre-event will be posted on the “TOKYO 2020 NIPPON FESTIVAL Special Page”.


The "TOKYO 2020 NIPPON FESTIVAL" is one of the official cultural programmes of the Tokyo 2020 Games that will take place around April to September 2020 when the world's attention will be directed towards Tokyo and Japan.

The programme will boost excitement and anticipation toward the Games while promoting Japan's unique culture widely across Japan and worldwide. It will encourage people from different backgrounds to participate and develop friendships that will lead to a diverse society. Through cultural activities and art programmes, the TOKYO 2020 NIPPON FESTIVAL will provide different opportunities for as many people as possible to take part in the Tokyo 2020 Games.

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