Animated Shorts & Japanese Soundscapes at the Together We Rise Arts Festival

Join us at the inaugural Together We Rise Arts Festival and enjoy an wide-ranging lineup of animated short films as part of the festival’s program of selected digital video works from participating arts organizations from across the Greater Toronto Area. This program will play on a loop inside the Council Cambers of the Scarborough Civic Centre from 12:00PM to 5:00PM on Saturday, June 3rd.

Curated by acclaimed animation filmmaker and educator YAMAMURA Koji, half of the animated shorts were selected to embody the theme of “sound”, while the other half were selected to feature the theme of “sports” (in conjunction with our Japanese Sports Posters exhibition).

Playing in between each animated short are short relaxing soundscape videos that were edited together in tribute to the “100 Soundscapes of Japan.” These sounds and noises were selected by the Ministry of the Environment in 1996 to represent Japan and to combat noise pollution as well as promote environmental protection.


Big cities are glutted with information. Unconscious curiosity, hidden under apparent indifference, invites us into a noisy loop.

Created by IMAZU Yoshiki • 2017 • 3:58

Football Animals

Only one minute left in the second half. The RED ANIMALS are slick, pushing through the deadly defensive line of the BLUE BEASTS. And just when you think it’s all over, the ball goes up in the air. Who will smell sweet victory?

Created by NAGASAKA Kohei • 2023 • 1:35


Numbers stations were prominently used during the Cold War. A boy was tuning the radio in the snow mountain and happened to tune the shortwave of codes.

Created by MIYAJIMA Ryotaro • 2016 • 3:09

Fourth Period Swimming Class 四時間目のプール

The fourth-grade protagonist is going through physical and emotional changes and feels awkward as she can’t help but compare herself to her friends. One day, she is blown away by her classmate Aya’s swimming and realizes that she has feelings for her.

Created by KOBAYASHI Mayo • 2022 • 5:56

Nocturnal Roadwork 夜の道路工事

Nightly road constructions are completely forgotten in the morning. But they not only repair and maintain the streets, they heal scars and make them disappear without our knowing.

Created by HASHIJI Misuzu • 2019 • 4:30

Color Blots シミアソビ

A game to find image in a chance. In this Aleatoricism, there is much more potential than what I have moved.

Created by SUZUKI Saori • 2015 • 3:31

Wild Boys Advance 超ラジオ体操

An ensemble play with men full of distorted energy.

Created by koya • 2015 • 5:13


Men’s muscle, lust for battle, conflict, and the game.

Created by OKAMOTO Noriko • 2014 • 3:45

Featured Soundscapes:

Bamboo Forest in Kyoto

Wild Geese in Izunuma Lake

Nebuta Festival in Aomori

Kaminari-iwa (Thunder Rock), Goishi Coastline

Time Bell at the Hill of Ueno

Black-Tailed Gulls in Kabushima

Oirase River Stream