Documentary on the Architectural Avant-Garde at Toronto’s Japan Foundation

From July 14-29, 2005, the Japan Foundation presents a selection of videos on a wide variety of topics related to Japan. The program includes one special documentary feature and five thematic programs; each film will be screened twice during the 12-day period.

In each of the five thematic programs, two videos are paired together. The Creative Innovators program features a video on six leading architects and one on the modern koto composer Tadao Sawai and his widow Kazue. Koto: The Music of Tadao (2002, 48 minutes) shows at 5:00pm on July 15 and at 2:00pm on July 20. Japan: Three Generations of Avant-Garde Architects (1989, 57 minutes) shows at 6:00pm on July 15 and 3:00pm on July 20. Japan’s emergence as an economic superpower has led to a Golden Age of Japanese architecture. This video introduces six innovative architects – Itsuko Hasegawa, Arata Isozaki, Toyo Ito, Tadao Ando, Kasuo Shinohara, and Fumihiko Maki all of whom fuse Japanese traditions with modern materials and technology.

Admission is free, and RSVP is not required. The Japan Foundation is located on the second floor of 131 Bloor Street West in Toronto. For more information and a full program schedule, please visit or contact Tani Miki at 416.966.1600 or