• Photo:DAICI ANO

  • Photo: Katsuhiro Ichikawa

  • Photo: Katsuhiro Ichikawa

  • Photo: Katsuhiro Ichikawa

  • Photo: Katsuhiro Ichikawa

  • Photo: Katsuhiro Ichikawa

  • Photo: Katsuhiro Ichikawa

  • Yasuhiro Suzuki, Trunk of Curiosities created for ENJOY-ZOU-NO-HANA 2012 Photo:Ken Kato

ABOUT ZOU-NO-HANA TERRACE

WELCOME TO ZOU-NO-HANA TERRACE: A NEW CENTER FOR CULTURAL EXCHANGE

As Zou-no-hana Park, which houses Zou-no-hana Terrace, stands on the original site of Yokohama Port, it has a symbolic significance, connecting the city's past and future. Since it opened 150 years ago, the port has served as a place where various cultures came into contact with each other. Moreover, the exchanges that occurred in the port helped shape Yokohama, and provided a source of its creative culture. In that sense, Zou-no-hana Park was truly the starting point for the creative city of Yokohama. Based on this tradition, Zou-no-hana Terrace strives to function as a base for various encounters and connections between people and cultures as well as a source of new culture. The facility creates a link to the origins of Yokohama, art and culture from around the world, and Yokohama's esteemed cultural and artistic heritage. The future of the city arises from these myriad links. With its 150-year history, Zou-no-hana functions as a base for new cultural exchanges.

ZOU-NO-HANA: THE ORIGIN OF YOKOHAMA PORT

Zou-no-hana Park stands on the spot where the U.S. naval officer Commodore Matthew C. Perry disembarked on his second visit to Japan on March 31, 1854. In 1859, after Yokohama was designated as one of the five ports in the Treaty of Amity and Commerce between Japan and the U.S., the area became the first full-fledged harbor in Yokohama, providing the area with a venue for brisk trade and commerce with other countries. The name "Zou-no-hana" is derived from the shape of the nearby embankments which, after gradually changing shape over the years, came to resemble an elephant's trunk. The present-day embankments in the park are reproductions based on the shape of earlier structures dating from the late 19th century, many of which sank into the ocean due to the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923. The park also contains a group of display panels outlining the history of the site.

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SERVICE

  • Zou-no-hana Cafe
  • Tourist Information
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Zou-no-hana Library
  • Rest Space
  • SLOW LABEL Permanent Sale
  • Picnic seat rental
  • ETB Information Guide (on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays)

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  • Photo: Katsuhiro Ichikawa

  • Photo: Katsuhiro Ichikawa

  • Photo: Katsuhiro Ichikawa

  • Photo:Takashi Arai

ZOU-NO-HANA CAFE

CONCEPT

From the Zou-no-hana Cafe located inside Zou-nohana Terrace, customers enjoy a complete view of the waterfront landscape, including the Yokohama Osanbashi Yokohama International Passenger Terminal.
The take-out café also proposes ways to expand the reach of art, using food as a medium. It hosts “artist café” projects with menus and events conceived by artists and creative professionals. In addition to a wide range of teas, the café serves an original food menu with regional ingredients, including local produce as well as craft beers.

“Blue Elephant”, the icon of Zou-no-hana Cafe, and its uniform are designed by a fashion designer, Akira Minagawa.
“Blue Elephant” generated by combining the image of the blue sea and an innocent-looking elephant who is about to dance, reflects a happy feeling. A flower held in the elephant’s trunk represents “the delight of discovery when an elephant finds or comes across something.”

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PERMANENT WORKS

  • kikimimi world
    Walking audio tour series deviced by artist Toru Koyamada.
    http://www.kikimimi.org/2011/

  • THE 'PERRY' SYMBOL / Noboru Tsubaki(2009)
    The 'elephant' that has kept watch over Yokohama for the past 150 years is a symbol of dialogue and energy, leading the city and people into the future. Photo: Katsuhiro Ichikawa

  • THE 'PERRY' SYMBOL / Noboru Tsubaki(2009)
    The 'elephant' that has kept watch over Yokohama for the past 150 years is a symbol of dialogue and energy, leading the city and people into the future. Photo: Katsuhiro Ichikawa

  • Stools made by creative children / Katja Tukiainen(2009)
    The stools created by children of Yokohama in collaboration with artist Katja Tukiainen from Finland. Photo: Katsuhiro Ichikawa

  • Stools made by creative children / Katja Tukiainen(2009)
    The stools created by children of Yokohama in collaboration with artist Katja Tukiainen from Finland. Photo: Katsuhiro Ichikawa

  • 24 Questions at Zou-no-hana / Shuntaro Tanikawa(2009)
    Tanigawa Shuntaro's experimental work 24 Questions at Zou-no-hana is displayed on the large window at Zou-no-hana Terrace that looks out onto the sea. The work was inspired by the artist's relationship with the city. Photo: Katsuhiro Ichikawa

  • Periko / Noboru Tsubaki (2012)
    Designed as a calf o‘f Perry’, used as a vehicle-free sign at Zou-no-hana Park. Photo:Ken Kato

  • Huge Four-meter Maruiro / Yui Inoue(2013)
    The artist Yui Inoue, who devised a slow tool called the "maruiro" for SLOW LABEL, created with the participants from the general public. Photo:427FOTO

  • Huge Four-meter Maruiro / Yui Inoue(2013)
    The artist Yui Inoue, who devised a slow tool called the "maruiro" for SLOW LABEL, created with the participants from the general public. Photo:427FOTO

  • Kokkily+Hana+Zouno+Ko / Woosuk Jang + Jinsu Han(2014)
    The elephant made by Jinsu Han and painted by Woosuk Jang who are artists from Seoul.

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PROJECTS

SMART ILLUMINATION

Illuminations for a new era,proposed by the environmental FutureCity Yokohama elephant’s trunk represents “the delight of discovery when an elephant finds or comes across something.

PORT JOURNEYS

Building and sustaining Inter-City Relations through Cultural Exchange among Port Cities of the World

SLOW LABEL

Participatory monozukuri (making crafts) connecting diverse group of local citizens

YOKOHAMA PARATRIENNALE

An international contemporary art festival by artists with disabilities and creative professionals from diverse fields

ZOU-NO-HANA FUTURESCAPE PROJECT

A ‘public space project’ using art to discover new ways to use the Zou-no-hana Terrace and Park.

ETB

Yokohama Art Tourism by Zou-no-hana Terrace

ZOU-SUN-MARCHE

Marche that connects people , themed on "Happy Sunday at Zou-no-hana"

ZOU-NO-HANA BALLET PROJECT

A new project for establishing“Yokohama Ballet Company”supported by local citizens

ATELIER ZOU-NO-HANA

ways to play at Zou-no-hana, proposed by artist

ZOU-NO-HANA BENTO PROJECT

Every 10th in Zou-no-hana is the day of "BENTO (Lunch box)"

SNACK ZOU-NO-HANA

ART&CAFE SERIES

Cooperation by the Zou-no-hana Terrace and Café to create a series of enjoyable events featuring food

ENJOY ZOU-NO-HANA

THEATER ZOU-NO-HANA

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ACCESS MAP

Access:Approximately 3 minutes walk from Exit 1, 5 minutes walk from Exit 2,Nihon-odori Station [Minatomirai Line]
There is no parking available at the Terrace. Visitors are encouraged to use public transport.

Address1 chome, Kaigan-dori, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture 231-0002, Japan
Contact: Tel +81(0)45-661-0602 Fax +81(0)45-661-0603

Open-Close10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 7 days a week
Free entrance
* Opening hours are subject to change for certain reasons.

* Zou-no-hana Terrace is operated by Wacoal Art Center. In cooperation with Culture and Tourism Bureau, City of Yokohama.

CONTACT

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ARCHITECTURE

Zou-no-hana Area (Zou-no-hana Terrace and Zou-no-hana Park) designed by Masao Koizumi, an architect, was built as a place to enjoy water scape and night view based on the concept "visualizing the origin of the Port of Yokohama." The area is an open space which consists of reconstructed "dykes" of the Meiji-period, "wharf" with a scenic view from Nihon-Odori to the port, and green "hill" with a vie of the port and sea. At night, screen panels in the Park with time-varying illumination form a loop of light.
Located on the "hill", the building of Zou-no-hana Terrace looks half-buried in the ground and is designed to blend in to landmarks including Yokohama Three Towers.
Zou-no-hana Terrace is aiming to be an information center of cultural and artistic activities based on a place with a long history.

AWARD

2009 Urban Design Movement, Award of Sight Scape 2010 Kanagawa Architecture Contest, Award of Excellence Yokohama City, Wacoal Art Center, Nihon-Odori Revitalization Commission won a n award in the urban space category for Urban Landscape in 2010.

FACILITY

Total floor area:604.04m²
Structure: S-1/0
Ceiling height:2.2~5.13m
Exterior finishings:exposed concrete, ashlar masonry of Komatsu stone, brick tiles
Completion:2009.MAY
Open:2009.June 2.

Masao Koizumi / Architect

Professor at Tokyo Metropolitan University, Dr. Eng / Koizumi atelier and partners
1963 Born in Yamaguchi, Japan
2005~ Established Koizumi Atelier
2010~ Professor at Tokyo Metropolitan University, Dr. Eng.

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MESSAGE FROM ART DIRECTOR

Zou-no-hana Park, the birthplace of the port of yokohama, is a location that has provided many encounters with world cultures, as well as the true modernization of japan. Today this essence has been infused into the creative development of yokohama, with the park serving as a source. To celebrate the milestone of 150 years since the port's opening, we will offer a variety of exciting events at Zou-no-hana Terrace, which will serve as a place for cultural interaction to provide new ideas and messages to the world.

This terrace will offer an information center for sightseeing in yokohama as well as some of the latest information on world cultures. At the Zou-no-hana Cafe, visitors can enjoy a relaxing time with attention to artistic detail in both furnishings and service. In addition, an exhibition space will be organically fused with the cafe to provide a variety of sophisticated, unique and creative programs and environments.

With the district's history in mind, we will incorporate some of the world's leading art and culture to create new culture while maintaining a connection with the creative activities of yokohama.

The opening exhibit will kick off with the port historical exhibition, in conjunction with the port's 150th anniversary events. The exhibition focuses on the structural remains of the Zou-no-hana district and the changes over time from the port's opening to the present. It also calls attention to the achievements of the individuals who have contributed to yokohama's culture and growth. Using the talents of many artists and creative individuals, the exhibits express the full past and present of yokohama through cutting-edge videos and graphics.

Visitors can also see the symbol of Zou-no-hana 'perry (the elephant that travels through time)'. This character was created by noboru tsubaki, an internationally active artist who exhibited his work at the first yokohama triennale. Zou-no-hana Cafe includes stools created by children of yokohama in collaboration with artist katja tukiainen from finland.

In closing, i would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has kindly lent their guidance and cooperation for the opening of this venue, including everyone at the committees for the 150th anniversary of the opening of the port of yokohama and creative city yokohama, the port of yokohama, local companies and organizations, and the artists and creative individuals who have given us their support.

And I look forward to your continued support and guidance.

2009 06.
Zou-no-hana Terrace
Art Director, Tsutomu Okada

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UPCOMING

Zou-no-hana Terrace Song
song: Shuta Hasunuma