About Toppan Hall
Classical music. From Europe, the music spread throughout the world during the period of colonization with the help of the Gutenberg press and other printing inventions, which recorded the ephemeral sounds of music onto paper in the form of notes for global distribution along with musical instruments. The meeting of sounds between classical music and the music of other regions stimulated the development of the art, revolutionizing music as we know it today. Classical music has come to hold a significance that transcends the label of an art of one region, one age.
The founder of Toppan Hall, (Toppan Printing Co., Ltd. http://www.toppan.co.jp) was established in 1900. Toppan Printing has developed a global business around its core printing operations, and in the process it has grown into a leader of the industry. Its role in the information communications industry involves blending ideas and technology to create better methods of communication. Toppan stands as a go-between in bringing the assets of one age into the next, in helping people communicate ideas while using its position to tie together culture, information and living. Around this core printing technology essential to daily life, Toppan is developing new businesses linked to the three areas of information networks, living environment, and electronics. The company continues to aggressively expand its business areas with the goal of developing next-generation products and new personal services. “Communications” remains a keyword in all these efforts.
The modern world evokes strong feelings of materialism. The need to shift away from finding value in material goods has made people aware of the importance of sensibility in terms of feeling from the heart. Toppan believes that emotion in the sense of “moving the heart” will be a major part of the future of communication. Accordingly, the company decided to commemorate the centennial anniversary of its founding with the establishment of the Printing Museum, Tokyo (http://www.printing-museum.org/), Japan's first genuine printing museum, and Toppan Hall, which boasts extraordinarily fine acoustics. Of the many arts that have the power to inspire emotion, music is recognized as a language common to all, and the most widely cherished means of human communication. The history of music and printing are intertwined, as explained through the connection between printing and musical notes. It was with this in mind that Toppan established Toppan Hall.
Toppan Hall is an ideal environment in which to enjoy classical music. One step into the hall and visitors will not fail to be amazed at the stillness. The “box-n-box” construction effectively secludes the hall from the outside noise and vibrations of the city, creating a solemn space of peace and serenity. The hall was built of wood materials conducive to concert hall acoustics, including quince, birch and cypress. The environment is ideal for both performing and listening, a veritable sanctuary for sound.
Performers expend all their physical energy, emotion, and knowledge to breathe new life into works on this stage. The audience is not a passive presence, but rather takes a role in the creation of music. The acoustic space supports fine performances by bringing the music back to the performer in exquisite timing, while also reverberating the feeling and praise of the audience. Toppan Hall aims to be a concert hall that leaves a deep impression on the performer and audience, along with a birthplace of new musical talent. Like an open city pavilion, the hall exists as a space where multitudes of people can come into contact with music in a way that enriches their sensibilities to the art.