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The Aoikan (葵館?) was a movie theater located in the Tameike section of Akasaka in Tokyo, Japan. It existed from the mid-1910s as a high-class foreign film theater, featuring benshi such as Musei Tokugawa. After the Great Kanto earthquake, it re-opened in October 1924 with a brand-new, modern design created by prominent avant-garde artists. Seisaku Yoshikawa was in charge of the architectural design, Yasuji Ogishima did the sculptural reliefs on the front of the building, and Tomoyoshi Murayama designed the interior decorations.[1][2] Murayama also did the cover illustrations for the theater's pamphlets in the first few years.[3] Film scholars such as Kenji Iwamoto have noted this theater's significance in Japanese cinematic modernism of the 1920s and 1930s.[4]


  1. ^ Kikuchi (January 13, 2010). "Aoikan" (in Japanese). Shūzōko ichigōkan. Retrieved 5 April 2010. 
  2. ^ "Aoikan rerīfu no chōkokuka Ogishima Yasuji" (in Japanese). Bunriha kenchiku hakubutsukan. Retrieved 5 April 2010. 
  3. ^ "Aoikan to Aoi wīkurī" (in Japanese). Aoyama biyori. March 12, 2006. Retrieved 5 April 2010. 
  4. ^ Kenji Iwamoto, ed. (1991). Nihon eiga to modanizumu, 1920-1930 (in Japanese). Riburo Pōto. ISBN 4-8457-0616-4. 

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Coordinates: 35°40′16″N 139°44′38″E / 35.67111°N 139.74389°E / 35.67111; 139.74389