Tokyo Jiten is a web dictionary made up of short video presentations about Tokyo.
Anyone can apply to make a talk, and the talks will become the ‘entries’ of the dictionary. Each talk is titled with a keyword and, like a dictionary the entries will be arranged alphabetically online as an archive. Entries are accessible to all.
A. All videos can be viewed free of charge. For system requirements, see here. Both giving a presentation and viewing the open recordings are also free.
The nonprofit art collective, Arts Initiative Tokyo, in cooperation with the “Tokyo Artpoint project” run by the city of Tokyo and the ”TOKYO CULTURE CREATION PROJECT ”(Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture) organizes this program, as part of their activities for year 2011.
The choice of keywords are really up to the presenters. It could relate to art, our daily lives, work, and more. From these, we aim to reveal the little known aspects of Tokyo.
Guest presenters such as artists, editors, architects, musicians, and also participants from the general public. Those from the general public could be working people, art university students, and students of the educational program on contemporary art MAD-Making Art Different (run by AIT).
There are no rules on the format of the talk. Showing images, using sounds or simply giving a speech is fine. Talks should be 15 min max. The language however shall be in either Japanese or English (There will be no translation. Videos will be uploaded in whichever language it was given in).
From September to November 2011, the open recordings will take place at the AIT room in Daikanayama. You can also view the recordings (for sign up, click here). Up to 20 persons may sign up for viewing per recording. Venue is undecided for recordings after November.
Yes. Up to 3 persons/groups may sign up per recording from the general public. Sign up will be accepted in the order they are received. Click here for sign up.
See here for viewing the videos. For further details, see vimeo website.
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Depending on the computer(internet browser, etc.) you use, you may not be able to view the videos properly. For details, please see system requirements. For playing the videos, please also refer to vimeo help center.
Yes. The videos are distributed under a Creative Commons (CC) license. This doesn’t replace copyright, which remains undivided with Tokyo Jiten.
Anyone is free to download the videos; share them with friends; republish or embed them on their website or blog. But this use must be made within the terms of the CC license “Attribution — NonCommercial — NonDerivative.”
This Creative Commons license allows you to reproduce, distribute, display or perform publicly the Tokyo Jiten videos as long as you follow these guidelines:
Yes. As long as you comply with the terms of the Creative Commons license outlined above and add a visible link back to Tokyo Jiten.
No. Our Creative Commons BY-NC-ND license clearly states that “derivative works” of any kind (edits, cuts, re-mixes, mashups, etc) are not allowed. If you discover edited or modified versions of Tokyo Jiten videos distributed online or used elsewhere, be aware that this is illegal and please inform us.