Kiyoko Toriumi

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Kiyoko Toriumi
The University of Tokyo
Interfaculty Initiative in Information Studies
Job title
Project assistant professor
PhD(University of Tokyo)

Research Areas


Academic & Professional Experience

Apr 2019
Adjunct lecturer, Art Media Center, Tokyo University of Arts
Apr 2019
Adjunct lecturer, Faculties of Communication Studies, Tokyo Keizai University
Apr 2017
Mar 2019
Adjunct lecturer, Musical creativity and the environment, Faculty of music, Tokyo University of Arts
Apr 2017
Project Assistant Professor, Interfaculty initiative in information studies, University of Tokyo
May 2016
Mar 2017
Visiting fellow, Media and Communication Department, Goldsmiths, University of London


Apr 2006
Mar 2011
PhD course, Graduate school of interdisciplinary information studies, University of Tokyo
Apr 2004
Mar 2006
MA course, Graduate school of interdisciplinary information studies, University of Tokyo
Apr 2000
Mar 2004
Department of environmental information, Shonan Fujisawa campus, Keio University

Published Papers

Workshop as "Gappyo (showing and comments activity)"
Kiyoko Toriumi
Journal of the Virtual Reality Society of Japan   24(2) 33-35   Jun 2019   [Invited]
Designing with Community: The Designers Role in Innovative Local Travel Service Co-creation
McGinley, C., Gheerawo, R., Toriumi, K., Furetta, A., & Hsu. S.
International Conference for Universal Design      2014   [Refereed]
Joo-Young Jung, Kiyoko Toriumi, Shin Mizukoshi
Asian Journal of Communication   23(6) 637-657   Jul 2013   [Refereed]
Citizen Media Design: Practical Media Studies on Folk Arts in Digital Society (PhD Thesis)
Kiyoko Toriumi
University of Tokyo      Feb 2013   [Refereed]
When "Oisora" Youngsters Express Themselves: Consideration on the Design of Civic Media Through a Village "Circle" in the Postwar Period
Kiyoko Toriumi
Special Issue of Japanese Society for the Science of Design   17(4) 28-37   2011   [Invited]

Books etc

Information Study for Participating Communities (High School Textbook)
Kiyoko Toriumi (Part:Joint Work, Creating A-I-U-E-O Gabun)
Tokyo Shoseki   2013   
Black Board and Wine: “Mita House”, an Alternative Place for Learning
Kiyoko Toriumi (Part:Joint Work, Writing” Mita House(The Editor’s Notes))
Keio University Press   2010   
Communal Keitai: Re-weaving the Mobile Society
Kiyoko Toriumi (Part:Joint Work, Keitai(Mobile Phones) as “Folk Art”: Communication by Everyday Expression)
Iwanami Shoten Publishers   2007   
Street Ethnography: From Tindon-ya to Graffiti
Kiyoko Toriumi (Part:Joint Work, Tindon-ya(Traditional Street Musicians) on the Train(Column))
Serica Shobo   2007   

Conference Activities & Talks

Thinking Design of the Local Media Practice: Based on the Community-engaged Project and the Alternative Media in the UK
Kiyoko Toriumi
Rethinking Local Media Practice as a Research Approach   9 Mar 2019   
Panel Discussion (Moderator)
Mamiko Hayashida, Young-Chan Kim, Joo-Young Jung, Shigehiko Shiramizu, Kiyoko Toriumi
The Future of the Community-Based Research in Global Cities: A Critical Reflection of the Metamorphosis Project Approach   13 Oct 2018   
Birmingham Film and Video Workshop: Untold History of Community Media in the UK from late 1970s to 1980s
Kiyoko Toriumi
Media Education Summit   4 Nov 2016   
Comikaruta: A practical and critical examination of mobile media play for civic engagement in Japan
Kiyoko Toriumi, Shin Mizukoshi
Nordmedia   Aug 2013   
Long Term Re-designing: Mass Media and Grassroots Activism After 3/11 [Invited]
Shin Mizukoshi, Kiyoko Toriumi
The Daiwa-Anglo Japanese Foundation in association with Birkbeck College, Centre for Media, Culture and Creative Practices   19 Jun 2013   

Teaching Experience


Research Grants & Projects

Design of Alternative Media: A Case Study of the Workshop Movement in the UK
Hoso Bunka Foundation: HBF Grant
Project Year: Apr 2018 - Mar 2019    Investigator(s): Kiyoko Toriumi
Historical and Cultural Study on the "Design" of Citizens' Media: based on the Workshop Movement in the UK
Japan Media Literacy Research Institute: Suzuki Midori Media Literacy Research Fund
Project Year: Jan 2016 - Dec 2016    Investigator(s): Kiyoko Toriumi
Co-Design of Digital Storytelling System with Geographic Information
Project Year: Oct 2014 - Sep 2016    Investigator(s): Shin Mizukoshi, Mikko Villi

Social Contribution

Shonan Citizens' Television
[Chief Editor, Advisor, Planner, Others]  Apr 2003 - Jan 2015
Lifelong education supporters' program
[Lecturer]  Chuo-ward government, Tokyo  1 May 2012 - 31 Nov 2012
Kanagawa NPO Video Festival, Review Committee
[Others]  26 Mar 2010
Joint Representative, Japan Council of Community, Citizens and Alternative Media
[Others]  Sep 2006 - Sep 2007


PR Your "Peace" through Fieldwork (Trial of the New Peace Learning, May 25, 2019)
"PR Your 'Peace' through Fieldwork" is a workshop style class conducted as a part of the "Peace Internship" program by Hiroshima Peace Institute, Hiroshima City University. Students created 1-minute movie about "Peace" reflecting their own perspective. Video-shooting and editing were done by their smartphones. A screening of 8 movies welcomed local audience, came alive with questions and comments. 【Role: Planning, Facilitation】
Collaborative Workshop with Nippon Broadcasting System, Inc. Making 2 Minute Movie with Smartphone: UTokyo as MY HOMETOWN (February 6 & May 15, 2018)
A half-day workshop on making movies with smartphones. Participants made 2-minute video on the theme of "UTokyo as my hometown" using only smartphones for the entire process, including planning, video shooting, editing and posting. It was an collaborative event for celebrating "All Night Nippon" 50th anniversary, one of the longest-running radio talk programs by Nippon Broadcasting System, Inc. 【Role: Planning and Managing, Facilitation】
Connected Kindness Project, Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design, RCA (February to May, 2014)
Graduate students' design research project engaged with different communities in London. Under the theme "how digital technology can create trust and altruism", five teams from RCA (Royal College of Art) Information Experience Design, Service Design and Visual Communication explored the challenges, and created design ideas. 【Role: Tutor, Coordination Support】
AIUEO Gabun Project: Weave the Memories of the Town (May 2011 to March 2012)
“A-I-U-E-O Gabun” is a photo and wordplay activity inspired by the tradition of Japanese word game forms. It was moreover a simple storytelling project aimed to encourage sustainable local communication and community building in central area of Tokyo where local network and tie have diminished. While facilitating regular workshops, it also aimed both 1)designing a cross-media platform to enhance expressions generated in the workshops, and 2)building collaborative relationship to support sustainable activities principally by university, municipality, local media and social entrepreneurs. 【Role: Planing, Managing, Facilitation and Analysis】
Toyama Photo Senryu Project (November 2009 to May 2010)
Storytelling project utilizing "Photo-Senryu (short poem which is often satirical of the time)" on the image of Toyama prefecture. Working closely with Tulip TV (in Toyama prefecture, Japan News Network), sharing and distributing platform was designed by broadcasting, website, workshops at Toyama University, community centers, and museums.【Role: Planning, Managing, and Facilitation】