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Summary of Arts and Cultural Exchange Programs (see)

1. Stage performances, lectures, live demonstrations

Asia and Oceania

Japan-Korea exchange festival Matsuri 2015/traditional performing arts performances (South Korea)*
Traditional Edo-period acrobatic performances (South Korea)*
Performances and lectures by traditional performing arts group from Iwate Prefecture (China)*
Performances by Yamato the drummers of Japan (China)*
J-pop performances by Diana Garnet (China)*
NHK Symphony Orchestra performances (China)*
Chiten theater group performances of Fatzer (China)
Mum & Gypsy theater group performances of Malformed (China)
Jazz performances and workshops by Masahiko Sato (Nepal and India)
Performances by maiko from Gion, Kyoto (Australia, New Zealand)
J-pop performances (Philippines, Myanmar)
Chinese contemporary art lectures and demonstrations (China)
Performances of joint Japan-South Korea production Taifu Kitan (South Korea, Japan)
Beyond the Border Fukuoka-Pusan shows by the Da-Da-Dance Project (South Korea)
Japan-South Korea joint choir performances (South Korean, Japan)
Hirosaki Theater Company and Shanghai Dramatic Arts Center performances of Otonari-san (China, Japan)
Executives of the Beijing People's Art Theatre invited to Japan

The Americas

Performances by Japanese instrument trio Yui in seven cities (Brazil)*
Makoto Kuriya Creative Jazz Ensemble Japan performances (Brazil)*
Participation in the National Cherry Blossom Festival 2016 (U.S.A.)*
Participation in the J-POP SUMMIT 2015 (U.S.A.)*
Participation in the Nisei Week Japanese Festival (U.S.A.)*
Kageboushi Theatre Company tour of Central America (Costa Rica, Panama, Cuba, Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador, Mexico)
Performances by Ryu Goto with a Brazilian orchestra (Brazil)

Europe, Middle East, and Africa

Traveling exhibition Struggling Cities and lectures by architect Akihisa Hirata (South Africa)
Travelling exhibition Contemporary Japanese Crafts and lectures and demonstrations by Masahiro Maeda (Latvia)
The International Belgrade Book Fair and talks given by author Keiichiro Hirano (Serbia)
Traveling exhibition Gazing at the Contemporary World: Japanese Photography from the 1970s to the Present and workshops by photographer Ryuji Miyamoto (Kazakhstan)
Kuwait International Book Fair and origami lectures and demonstrations by Hajime Komiya (Kuwait)
Bunraku lectures and demonstrations by Kanjuro Kiritake (Italy, U.K.)
Lectures by Hiroyuki Ito on the social phenomenon of "Hatsune Miku" (U.K., Germany)
Lectures by film director Masashi Yamamoto at a film festival (Germany)
Lectures by anime director Osamu Kobayashi (Oman, Saudi Arabia)
Traditional Japanese music performance by the group “Wasanbom” (Algeria)
Performances by the Japanese drumming group "Eitestu Fuun no Kai" (Gabon, Malawi)
Judo lectures and demonstrations (Senegal, Cote d'Ivoire, Burkina Faso)
Aikido lectures and demonstrations (Kenya, Tanzania)
Karate lectures and demonstrations (Macedonia, Kosovo)
Tsugaru shamisen performances by the Yoshida Brothers (Netherlands)
Tohoku Revitalization Parade at Expo Milan (Italy)
Tea ceremony lectures and demonstrations by grand tea master Sen Soshitsu (Russia)
Kongo Noh performance (Russia)
* Implemented as part of the Japan Festival host support project

2. Grants for dispatching personnel abroad to engage in arts and cultural exchange

87 grants for the dispatch of personnel to 206 cities in 62 countries/regions

3. Performing Arts Japan (PAJ)

10 grants provided for performances held in 34 cities in five countries/regions
North America: 7 grants for performances in 26 cities in 1 country
Europe: 3 grants for performances in 8 cities in 4 countries/regions

4. International exhibitions

The 56th Venice Biennale (international art exhibition)

5. Themed Exhibitions

Artist File 2015: Next Doors: Contemporary Art in Japan and Korea (Japan, South Korea)
Between Action and the Unknown: The Art of Kazuo Shiraga and Sadamasa Motonaga (U.S.A.)
Raku: The Cosmos in a Tea Bowl (U.S.A., Russia)
So¯tatsu: Making Waves (U.S.A.)
Logical Emotion: Contemporary Art from Japan (Poland, Germany)
Transphere Series #1 Fertile Landscapes at the Maison de la Culture du Japon à Paris (France)

6. Japan Foundation traveling exhibitions

Traveling exhibitions produced and organized in 91 cities in 62 countries/regions on subjects such as design, architecture, photography, craft, martial arts, and pop culture.

7.Grants for overseas exhibitions

36 grants provided for exhibitions in 35 cities in 23 countries/regions

8.Participation in international book fairs

Participated in 16 international book fairs in 16 cities in 16 countries/regions

9.Grants for publishing of translated works

24 grants provided in 20 countries/regions

10.Cultural exchange between specialists

Cultural exchange between next-generation stage and art specialists in Japan and South Korea (Festival/Tokyo); Japan Directors Association, and Drama Studio (Young Artists Training Programme) of the New National Theatre, Tokyo
Cultural exchange between Japanese and Chinese next-generation art experts
Cultural exchange between Asian stage and art producers (Asia Producers Platform)
Projects coordinated with the East Asian Cultural Envoy (Takuro Suzuki, envoy to South Korea)
Imagining Asian Art in Global Asias symposium
Asian Art Brut (outsider art) survey and symposium
Cultural exchange with curators from the U.S.A.
Survey of Japanese contemporary artworks in the U.S.A.
Invitation to Japan of Lion King stage musical director Julie Taymor
Invitation of curators from northern Europe to Japan
Curator meeting (co-hosted with the CCA)
Lecture by Simon Baker (co-hosted with the Photographic Society of Japan)

11. Communications

Invitation of people related to the 9th International Manga Award to Japan
Japanese Book News
Performing Arts Network Japan (PANJ) website
Korean and Japanese Modern Artists symposium
Symposiums and performances on the theme of "disability and art/culture"

12. Cultural Cooperation

Cooperation on a project with the Japan Consortium for International Cooperation in Cultural Heritage (invitation to Japan of the chief of the Republic of El Salvador's culture agency)
Preservation and restoration field course held at the Kaman Kalehöyük Archaeology Museum (Turkey)
2 grants provided in 2 cities in 2 countries/regions

13. Screening of Japanese films

117 screenings/screening events held in 82 countries/regions
19 grants provided in 12 countries/regions

14. Japanese TV Broadcasting Abroad

Broadcasting of 31 programs began in 20 countries

15. Long-term visits to Japan by Chinese high school students

The 31 members of the 9th batch of students returned to China
The 31 members of the 10th batch of students arrived in Japan

16. China Centers for "Face-to-Face Exchanges"

Centers for "Face-to-Face Exchanges" organized and held events in 13 cities in China. The events were attended by 33,897 people.
Makoto Shinkai exhibition and lectures by Daisuke Kashiwa
Seminars introducing Japanese business culture
Ikebana workshops
Training of personnel to run Centers for "Face-to-Face Exchanges"
Visit to Japan by executives of the Hangzhou Center for "Face-to-Face Exchanges" for training

17. Network-building

10 dispatch-related projects and one invitation-based project implemented, including:
A university student cultural exchange project
A project to have Japanese high school students visit China
A visit to Japan by student representatives of Centers for "Face-to-Face Exchanges" for training
R/Lead Asia 2015