9. -13. September 2020


What is the benefit of an online festival?
How we can utilize this unfortunate but unique opportunity?
TOKYO GARDEN will be a place where we exhibit current Japanese artists’ works, but, will also be a chance to trace the origin of Japanese Media Art through talks, interviews and a sharing archive.
KEY: Online, 2020, TOKYO, CONTEXT, ARCHIVE, LIVE, Map the new world.

Seiichi Saito (JP)
Creative Director, Rhizomatiks
Director of TOKYO GARDEN, Japan Media Arts Festival Overseas Promotion



Masahiko Sato (JP), Masashi Sato (JP)

EUPHRATES is a creative group formed by Keio University graduates who all studied at Masahiko Sato Laboratory and are much engaged in a variety of research-based activity. They continue to work across disciplines with the idea that there is something fundamentally interesting in the expressions that emerge from their research activities. This work explores the background of their creation.
23rd Japan Media Arts Festival / Entertainment Division Grand Prize
Director’s message
The process and how EUPHRATES create their work remains unknown. Under what kind of environment EUPHRATES continues to create numbers of works with variety in the choice of media? - such as educational television programs, picture books, and the video work that won the award at the 23rd Japan Media Arts Festival, which expresses a different point of view from the usual. Places that have rarely been opened to the public in Japan can be seen in the 2020 Ars Electronica Festival.
Inspired by the original work of:

Shadows as Athletes

23rd Japan Media Arts Festival / Entertainment Division Grand Prize
Video work


    EUPHRATES is a creative group actively working on projects based on a variety of research. The group is formed with graduates of the Masahiko Sato Laboratory at Keio University. Active since December 2005.

  • Masahiko Sato (JP)

    Professor, Graduate School of Film and New Media, Tokyo University of the Arts
    Using original methods and ideas, he is involved in cross-disciplinary research and development of video, animation and graphic design, as well as research on brain science and expression. He specializes in educational methods and methods of expression.
    His representative works include the PlayStation software "I.Q," NHK's educational television program "Pythagora Switch" and "Texico." Exhibitions include "Arithmetik Garden" and "Pool of Fingerprint." Publications include "Duality" “A Conference on ‘So, That’s What the Economy is All About” and "Mole Bus.” Awards include Asahi Advertising Award Highest Award, New York ADC Gold Prix, the Mathematical Society of Japan Publishing Prize, D&AD Award (Yellow Pencil), 2011 Minister of Education Award for Fine Arts, 2013 Medal with Purple Ribbon, 2014 and 2018 Cannes Film Festival's official invitation for short films.

  • Masashi Sato (JP)

    Film Director
    Affiliated with EUPHRATES. Recent activities include "Crafting Creatures Gesundroid" (SIE, 2019), "Thinking Crow," "Texico" and "Pythagora Switch for Adults" (NHK). and exhibited works such as "The Room Where Things Barely Fit" (Maison Hermes, 2018).