The Chishima Real Estate Group undertakes activities such as the followings, in order to improve the value of the company’s real estate properties and realize symbiosis with society.

  • Kitakagaya Creative Village Project
  • Preservation and utilization of the “Shibakawa Building,” a historical building
  • Rubber Duck Project

Kitakagaya Creative Village Project

Located near Osaka Bay, the Kizu River Basin once sustained Japan’s modernization as a concentration point for heavy industry. Our company owns 230,000m² of land in the Kitakagaya area located alongside the Kizu River. From the Taisho Period through the postwar period, we leased this land to shipyard and related factories. However, since the land is now being returned to us as shipyard has relocated due to changes in industrial structure and for various other reasons, we have been, in recent years, implementing the Kitakagaya Creative Village (KCV) Project, which aims to change Kitakagaya into a creative area where arts and culture are concentrated, by providing the land and buildings with artists and others involved with art.

*The company received the Grand Mécénat Award at the MECENAT Awards 2011, by Association for Corporate Support of the Arts.

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Utilization of the site of the Old Namura Shipyard (Osaka Factory)
(Creative Center OSAKA)

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Utilization of the site of the Old Namura Shipyard (Osaka Factory)
(Creative Center OSAKA)

The site of the Old Namura Shipyard (Osaka Factory) was returned to us in 1988, and we had been searching for new ways to use the approximately 42,000m² site and the buildings. However, following the holding of the first “NAMURA ART MEETING ‘04-’34” here in autumn 2004, the site became the base for this art project, which has continued for 30 years, and the site has come to be used as a space for artistic and cultural activities.
In 2005, a creative space called “BLACK CHAMBER” was installed in the former office building, and the Creative Center Osaka (CCO) —which includes “STUDIO PARTITA” and other facilities on the site—was opened at the same time. Utilizing the potential of industrial heritage, various creative activities are carried out at the site.

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Reutilization of vacant houses by artists and creators

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Reutilization of vacant houses by artists and creators

Factory and residential buildings remaining on Chishima Real Estate-managed properties after a site has been returned to us is leased at relatively low rates to artists and other people undertaking creative activities. Tenants are free to renovate the property as they wish and are not required to return it to us in its original condition, and so thus far, approximately 40 properties have been renovated as their tenants pleased, being reborn as art studios, galleries, offices, shops, bars, and other spots where the tenants’ creativity is expressed.

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Kitakagaya Minna Nouen (Community Farm)

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Kitakagaya Minna Nouen (Community Farm)

Stemming from the idea of utilizing vacant land as a means of activate the local community, we launched the “Kitakagaya Creative Farm Project” in 2011, opening the “Kitakagaya Minna - Nouen” in 2012 as a facility emphasizing communication amongst participants.
Currently, the facility is operated by Co.to.hana, an NPO whose activities are based in Kitakagaya. Combining art and agriculture in a manner unique to Kitakagaya, this urban-style garden farm is attracting attention from around Japan.

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APartMENT

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APartMENT

This project renovates former company residences apartments, transforming them into regular rental housing. Thus far, eight teams of artists and creators bringing together skills that transcend the framework of “architecture”— contemporary art, products, lighting, technology, interior, and garden landscaping—have renovated eight rooms, which have been reborn as “housing complexes that embrace art.” This fusion of art and renovation combined with the invocation of residents’ creativity has drawn widespread praise, with the project being honored with the “Osaka City Housing Design Special Prize” at the “30th Osaka City Housing Design Awards” in February 2017.
APartMENT

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Chidori Bunka

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Chidori Bunka

Under the concept of “inherited form,” we are also undertaking a project to reutilize the old mixed-used building that was built when the shipbuilding industry was booming. While retaining the spatial uniqueness of building and facade, the project aims to transform structures into creative bases that generate new jobs and resource recycling in the local area.
(Photograph courtesy of Motoyuki Shitamichi)
Chidori Bunka

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Establishment and support of the Chishima Foundation for Creative Osaka

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Establishment and support of the Chishima Foundation for Creative Osaka

The Chishima Foundation for Creative Osaka was established in 2011 as a project to commemorate the 100th anniversary since our company’s establishment. The Foundation is involved in the operation etc. of MASK (MEGA ART STORAGE KITAKAGAYA), a public grant program for art and culture activities that is implemented in Osaka, and which utilizes former factory sites in Kitakagaya. Our company provides constant support for the Foundation’s activities.
(Photograph courtesy of Yuki Moriya.)
Creative Osaka

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Utilization of the site of the Old Namura Shipyard(OsakaFactory)
(Creative Center OSAKA)

The site of the Old Namura Shipyard (Osaka Factory) was returned to us in 1988, and we had been searching for new ways to use the approximately 42,000m² site and the buildings. However, following the holding of the first “NAMURA ART MEETING ‘04-’34” here in autumn 2004, the site became the base for this art project, which has continued for 30 years, and the site has come to be used as a space for artistic and cultural activities.
In 2005, a creative space called “BLACK CHAMBER” was installed in the former office building, and the Creative Center Osaka (CCO) —which includes “STUDIO PARTITA” and other facilities on the site—was opened at the same time. Utilizing the potential of industrial heritage, various creative activities are carried out at the site.

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Reutilization of vacant houses by artists and creators

Factory and residential buildings remaining on Chishima Real Estate-managed properties after a site has been returned to us is leased at relatively low rates to artists and other people undertaking creative activities. Tenants are free to renovate the property as they wish and are not required to return it to us in its original condition, and so thus far, approximately 40 properties have been renovated as their tenants pleased, being reborn as art studios, galleries, offices, shops, bars, and other spots where the tenants’ creativity is expressed.

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Kitakagaya Minna Nouen (Community Farm)

Stemming from the idea of utilizing vacant land as a means of activate the local community, we launched the “Kitakagaya Creative Farm Project” in 2011, opening the “Kitakagaya Minna - Nouen” in 2012 as a facility emphasizing communication amongst participants. Currently, the facility is operated by Co.to.hana, an NPO whose activities are based in Kitakagaya. Combining art and agriculture in a manner unique to Kitakagaya, this urban-style garden farm is attracting attention from around Japan.

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APartMENT

This project renovates former company residences apartments, transforming them into regular rental housing. Thus far, eight teams of artists and creators bringing together skills that transcend the framework of “architecture”— contemporary art, products, lighting, technology, interior, and garden landscaping—have renovated eight rooms, which have been reborn as “housing complexes that embrace art.” This fusion of art and renovation combined with the invocation of residents’ creativity has drawn widespread praise, with the project being honored with the “Osaka City Housing Design Special Prize” at the “30th Osaka City Housing Design Awards” in February 2017.
APartMENT

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Chidori Bunka

Under the concept of “inherited form,” we are also undertaking a project to reutilize the old mixed-used building that was built when the shipbuilding industry was booming. While retaining the spatial uniqueness of building and facade, the project aims to transform structures into creative bases that generate new jobs and resource recycling in the local area.
(Photograph courtesy of Motoyuki Shitamichi)
Chidori Bunka

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Establishment and support of the Chishima Foundation for Creative Osaka

The Chishima Foundation for Creative Osaka was established in 2011 as a project to commemorate the 100th anniversary since our company’s establishment. The Foundation is involved in the operation etc. of MASK (MEGA ART STORAGE KITAKAGAYA), a public grant program for art and culture activities that is implemented in Osaka, and which utilizes former factory sites in Kitakagaya. Our company provides constant support for the Foundation’s activities.
(Photograph courtesy of Yuki Moriya.)
Creative Osaka

Preservation and utilization of the “Shibakawa Building,” a historical building

“Shibakawa Building” is a National Registered Tangible Cultural Property

Located in the Semba district of Osaka City, an area that has prospered since the Edo Period as the center of Osaka’s economic activity, the “Shibakawa Building” was built to a modern architectural design in 1927. Because of its central city location, other historical buildings surrounding it have been demolished one by one due to development, but the Shibakawa Building itself remains standing today virtually unchanged from when it was originally constructed, and was designated as a National Registered Tangible Cultural Property in 2006. As interest in modern architecture has grown in Osaka in recent years, we have been pouring effort into enhancing and publicizing the building’s appeal by carrying out building renovations and enticing attractive shop tenants.

Rental space “Shibakawa Building Modern Terrace”

Initially, the Shibakawa Building was built as an office for the Shibakawa family’s business activities. Although the building also housed an educational academy for woman established by the Shibakawa family, after World War II, it was used as a tenant building centering on business offices, and occasionally renovations were implemented that did not fit with the building’s atmosphere.
Of these, an extension had been constructed on the 4F roof terrace; this was removed and the terrace was restored to its original state, creating the “Shibakawa Building Modern Terrace.” After the restorations were completed in 2007, the terrace has been operated as rental space and used to host a diversity of events ranging from art events, festivals, parties, and concerts to exhibitions and conferences.

Rubber Duck Project

In the summer of 2009, as part of our company’s community revitalization and social contribution activities, a work entitled “Rubber Duck” by young Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman was displayed on the river near Nakanoshima in Osaka City.

This project was implemented with the aim supporting Osaka’s landmark event “Aqua Metropolis Osaka 2009”.

Suddenly rising some 9.5 m above the surface of the river, this duckling sculpture captured the hearts of passers-by with its adorable expression and astonishing size, becoming an instant hit in the waterside area. Many people enjoyed this out-of-the-ordinary Nakanoshima scene.

About the work and the artist

Concept of the work

The Rubber Duck knows no frontiers, it doesn’t discriminate people and doesn’t have a political connotation. The friendly, floating Rubber Duck has healing properties: it can relieve mondial tensions as well as define them. The rubber duck is soft, friendly and suitable for all ages!

Florentijn Hofman
http://www.florentijnhofman.nl