NAQUYO—The Visionary Universe of Heian-kyoKYOTO STEAM in collaboration with MUTEK.JP


In collaboration with a broad range of creators, researchers, and engineers, the KYOTO STEAM—International Arts × Science Festival Executive Committee and MUTEK.JP, which holds the MUTEK music and digital art festival with cutting-edge technology, are undertaking NAQUYO—The Visionary Universe of Heian-kyo, a project to recreate the soundscape that surrounded Heian-kyo (as Kyoto was once known) 1,200 years ago by integrating the latest sound and video technology with cultural research specific to Kyoto.

NAQUYO Live Performance

Based on the sublime sounds of the Buddhist temple bells that were said to surround Heian-kyo, this live performance integrates the latest sound and video technologies. Experience the soundscape of Heian-kyo.


Saturday, March 27, 2021 / 6 p.m.–8 p.m. (doors open: 5:15 p.m.)
Reception desk opens: 5:30 p.m.


ROHM Theatre Kyoto (North Hall)


Nagaya Kazuya, Akagawa Junichi, and more


Elementary school age and above




Required (reservation period: Friday, January 8–Tuesday, March 23, 2021)

Making a Reservation

KYOTO STEAM—International Arts × Science Festival Executive Committee
Reservation form available here
Tel: +81 075 752 2212 (Monday–Friday: 8:45 a.m.–5:30 p.m.)
Please include the event title, your name, address, email address, telephone number, and the number of accompanying persons (if any).


200 (first come, first served)

NAQUYO: Music and Video Workshop

This sound and video workshop is led by artists taking part in the NAQUYO project. By conveying ideas and skills for recreating the soundscape of Heian-kyo, the workshop participants learn hands-on about the fusion of technology and art.

Date: Sunday, March 28, 2021
Details of the workshop will be announced on this website.

NAQUYO Project

Fiscal 2020 Activities

Thursday, October 22, 2020: NAQUYO #1: The Visionary World of Heian-kyo Online Talk & Live Music Performance
Saturday, December 19, 2020: NAQUYO #2: Imagining the Sound Universe of Heian-kyo Online Talk
Saturday, March 27 & Sunday, March 28, 2021: NAQUYO Live Music Performance and Sound & Video Workshop
Archived videos of NAQUYO #1 and # 2 are available here.

Project Team

Tanizaki Tetra (media producer; Chief Director, KYOTO STEAM—International Arts × Science Festival Executive Committee)
Nagaya Kazuya (sound artist)
Iwanami Shuichiro (MUTEK.JP)
Takekawa Junichi (MUTEK.JP)
Akagawa Junichi (audiovisual artist)


Nakagawa Shin (musicologist; Specially Appointed Professor, Urban Research Plaza, Osaka City University)
Watanabe Hiroyuki (Professor and Head of Department of Information Design, Kyoto University of the Arts [formerly Kyoto University of Art and Design])


MUTEK.JP and Dentsu Inc. Kyoto

In cooperation with

Kyoto University of the Arts (formerly Kyoto University of Art and Design) and Ableton Inc.