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3 Fields of Cultural Exchanges

Culture [Arts and Cultural Exchange]
Contributing to the World through Arts and Culture

We dispatch and invite experts and hold workshops to contribute to personnel development and the creation of networks. By carrying out cultural exchange and collaboration that transcend national borders, we are able to communicate the spirit of the Japanese people to the world, share in the joy of collaborative creation, and create vehicles for deepening empathy between people.

Collaboration with the Vietnam Youth Theatre

5 dancers from the Vietnam Youth Theatre, one of Vietnam's leading theater groups, were invited to Japan to train with the Shiki Theatre Company. They are aiming to present a musical production in Vietnam by 2020.

Stage photograph from [Members of the Vietnam Youth Theater training at the Shiki Theatre Company]
Members of the Vietnam Youth Theater training at the Shiki Theatre Company

Supporting orchestras in ASEAN countries

We dispatch experienced Japanese orchestra musicians to orchestras in ASEAN countries to provide technical guidance aimed at enhancing performance techniques. In addition, 3 management staff from each of the orchestras were invited to undergo training with 5 orchestras in Japan.

Photo of [Nobuo Ono (left), former principal bassoonist of the Tokyo Symphonic Orchestra at a performance with the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra]
Nobuo Ono (left), former principal bassoonist of the Tokyo Symphonic Orchestra at a performance with the Bangkok Symphony Orchestra

Developing human resources for futur cultural exchanges

25 people in art-related fields from the U.S., Sweden, and China and 11 performing arts experts from South Korea were invited to Japan to provide them with opportunities to engage in deeper cultural exchange with people involved in art and to visit relevant organizations.

Photo of [Swedish Curator Invitation Project]
Swedish Curator Invitation Project
(February 20 - 28, 2016)

Other cultural cooperation

We implement projects that contribute to the global community through cultural cooperation based on local needs such as projects implemented in cooperation with the Japan Consortium for International Cooperation in Cultural Heritage including a project to invite El Salvador’s Secretary of Culture of the Presidency to Japan, and a project to conserve modern architecture in ASEAN countries.

Photo of [An academic symposium marking the 50th anniversary of the establishment of International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS)]
An academic symposium marking the 50th anniversary of the establishment of International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS)
(October 2015)

Photo of [A visit to Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura & Hayama]
A visit to Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura & Hayama
Photo: KIRIHARA