We held a special 'Technology x Art' EGAKU Program in collaboration with Google Tokyo Office staff. During the first part of this event students were given an office tour of Google Tokyo office and then participated in a lecture on the latest technologies being developed at Google. In the second part, we asked everyone to reflect on what they had seen and heard at Google so far and to paint their stories of the 'future'. 

In the EGAKU session participants were challenged to think about the kind of society, the kind of future they want to create - the students responded to this question by creating paintings that reflected their passionate beliefs and careful thought. As each of them stood up to talk about their painting and the story behind it, the extent of their fertile imaginations and bold and generous hopes for the future shone through. There were even a few exclamations of wonder - "Wow!"s - from the students themselves.

Theme: My Created Future - What I Want to Continue Valuing
Program overview: Google Office Tour + EGAKU Program
Participants: 14 middle school students, Grades 1-3 from Minato Municipal Aoyama Junior High School, Minatoku, Tokyo 
Venue: Google Tokyo Office, Tokyo
Instructor: Kunihiko Yazawa
Facilitator: Kimi Hasebe
Staff: Sae Shirasaki, Ryoko Nakamura 
Photography/Video: Naoki Yamada
※ This program was run by White Ship’s non-profit arm, ELAB.