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Prince Takamado Gallery

Located in the Embassy of Canada to Japan B2 basement, the Prince Takamado Gallery presents exhibitions of Canadian paintings, sculptures, photography, textiles, designs and other artwork. It was given its current name in April 2003 as one of several Canadian initiatives to commemorate Prince Takamado’s contribution to Canada-Japan relations.

Visitor access to the Embassy of Canada to Japan requires government-issued photo identification (for example, passport, drivers license, national qualification card, resident card or my number card), or 2 forms of identification: employee or health insurance card plus an unexpired photo identification (for example, company/corporation).

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Embassy of Canada to Japan, in Tokyo
Public Affairs Section
7-3-38 Akasaka, Minato-ku
Tokyo 107-8503, Japan
Telephone: 03-5412-6200

Closed on weekends and Embassy office closures.

Current exhibition

Still Tho: The Aesthetic Survival of Hip-Hop’s Visual Art – October 13, 2023, to January 12, 2024

Exhibit sample. Spray painted graffiti painting

Fantasia 1987 – Hail the Lizard King
Artist: Curly

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of hip-hop, the Embassy of Canada to Japan is pleased to present “Still Tho: The Aesthetic Survival of hip-hop’s Visual Art,” a group exhibition curated by Mark V. Campbell of Northside Hip Hop Archive, bringing together an ensemble of 12 artists from across Canada displaying an impressive range of artistic expressions, including graffiti art, mixed media, carving and videography.

Still Tho is an ode to the visual artists in Canada who shaped hip-hop culture and its aesthetics. Through their art, they have placed justice front and centre to inspire social change at home and around the world. The phrase “Still Tho” in the exhibition’s title refers to a common expression in hip-hop culture that speaks to these artists’ perseverance, overcoming numerous barriers to make art and build community. In this 50th year of hip-hop culture, we salute the graffiti artists in this group show for their continued dedication to the artform and for keeping their styles fresh from time.

While some aspects of hip-hop’s early years in the late-1970s and early-1980s have been well archived, visual works from that period were mostly temporary. Artists often overwrote one another’s graffiti, while the natural elements destroyed outdoor murals. The mixed-media works in this exhibition explore how hip-hop’s visual artists have woven together historical, nostalgic, and archival elements to leave a physical legacy. Moreover, the exhibition highlights the lasting impact of hip-hop’s visual art on both Canadian culture and visual aesthetics in our digital age. 


October 13, 2023 to January 12, 2024

  • Monday to Friday – 10 am to 5:30 pm (Last entry 5 pm)

Closed on weekends and Embassy office closures.



Embassy of Canada Prince Takamado Gallery (7-3-38 Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo)



Please note

  • Visitor access to the Embassy of Canada requires government-issued photo identification.
  • Security procedures are in place for all guests and their personal effects.
  • For guests requiring special assistance, please let us know in advance.
  • We regret that parking on the Embassy grounds is not available.
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