The Edo firefighters, called “Edo-Machi-bikeshi”, are a symbol of Tokyo’s fight against disasters. In this project, AR will be used to create new “Edo-Machi-bikeshi” who will guide people to the location of evacuation sites and shelters designated by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government.
Continuing the sentiments of our predecessors who protected the lives of Edo citizens, this project will heighten awareness of evacuation sites and shelters that are not usually recognized in the city, while serving to confirm their location. The project also aims to contribute to such disaster prevention activities.
3331 Arts Chiyoda (Chiyoda Ward), Jisshi Square (Chuo Ward), Ueno Park (Taito Ward), Taito Municipal Yanaka Elementary School (Taito Ward), The University of Tokyo (Bunkyo Ward), Rikugien Gardens (Bunkyo Ward), Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens (Bunkyo Ward), Koishikawa Botanical Garden (Bunkyo Ward), Kudan Elementary School (Chiyoda Ward), Akatsuki Park (Chuo Ward)
Cooperation: Chikashi Okada (“Nishiki-e” artist specializing in Edo-machi-bikeshi)
(As of June 2021)
1: “SAVE EDO AR Image” 2021, produced by Susumu Namikawa
2: “SAVE EDO AR Image” 2021, produced by Susumu Namikawa
Susumu Namikawa (Copywriter, poet, programmer)
Born in 1973. In addition to working as executive creative director at Dentsu Digital Inc. and as a copywriter, he continues to create works that combine poetry and programming. Video works include “Industrial Waste Treatment Plant Rock” and “Poolside Life”. Exhibitions include the poetry exhibitions “little stones in panic forest” at Gallery Sanyodo and “I A and I B” at Impact HUB Tokyo, in which he collaborated with artificial intelligence. He is the author of “Happy Birthday 3.11” (Asuka Shinsha) and many other publications.