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3 Fields of Cultural Exchanges

Culture [Arts and Cultural Exchange]
Presenting Japan’s Diverse Arts and Culture Overseas

We cover a wide range of genres including performances, workshops, exhibitions, translation and publication, and lectures to introduce to people around the world the diverse charms of Japanese culture, from traditional performing arts to contemporary art

Japan Festival Support Program

We started dispatching performance groups and others to festivals dedicated to Japan held in countries around the world. In fiscal 2015, we sent people to festivals in China, South Korea, the United States, and Brazil. During the "Special Month for Japan-China Cultural Exchange" held in China, we dispatched traditional folk performers, the NHK Symphonic Orchestra and others to promote the importance of cultural exchange to both countries.

Photo of [The Makoto Kuriya Creative Jazz Ensemble Japan performed in 5 Brazilian cities]
The Makoto Kuriya Creative Jazz Ensemble Japan performed in 5 Brazilian cities
(August 19 - 28, 2015)

Photo of [Diana Garnet performing at an autumn festival in China]
Diana Garnet performing at an autumn festival in China
(October 24, 2015)

"Watch," "Listen to," and "Talk about" Haruki Murakami

A series of events based on Haruki Murakami's literary works including a theatrical production, a concert, and a symposium were held in Singapore and Seoul. A total of 11,415 people attended the events and the concert was also held in Japan after enjoying success in Singapore and Seoul.

Photo of [Talk about Haruki Murakami in Singapore]
"Talk about" Haruki Murakami in Singapore
(October 31 - November 1, 2015)

3 large-scale exhibitions held in the United States

Curators in Japan and the United States collaborated on planning exhibitions of Japanese art held at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Dallas Museum of Art, and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. They provided a total of 221,143 visitors with opportunities to contact with Japanese culture.

Photo of [Exhibition: So¯tatsu: Making Waves]
Exhibition: So¯tatsu: Making Waves
(October 24, 2015 - January 31, 2016)
Photo provided by:
The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Smithsonian Institution

Showcasing Japanese culture in Russia

Exhibitions of Raku family's ceramic tea bowls were held in the State Hermitage Museum and the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts. Lectures and demonstrations by tea ceremony experts and Noh performances were also held to coincide with the exhibitions, which attracted 158,400 visitors altogether.

Photo of [Exibition: Raku "The Cosmos in a Tea Bowl"]
Exibition: Raku "The Cosmos in a Tea Bowl"
(July 11 - November 15, 2015)

The 56th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale

We organized the Japan Pavilion at the International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale. With more than 400,000 visitors, it proved to be one of the most popular national pavilions at the exhibition.

Photo of [Installation view of Chiharu Shiotas work The Key in the Hand]
Installation view of Chiharu Shiota's work The Key in the Hand
(May 9 - November 22, 2015)