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The Japan Foundation, Kansai Center, has for many years conducted Japanese language training for librarians overseas that deal with Japan related literature and books, etc., and for whom Japanese ability is an essential part of their work duties. The book, 'How Library Works In Japan - For Supporting Its Better Use', was created based on the teaching materials used in these training sessions.
This publication is very useful as an entry-level reference for the study of library and information sciences, as it introduces a wide variety of topics related to Japanese libraries, from basic foundation level content through to admin-related information. For example, what kind of work is done at Japanese public libraries, university libraries, and special libraries etc.; what type of materials do they contain; what services do they provide: how should you deal with the categories and reference material for Japanese language; and so on.

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This report serves as a record of the symposium "Art & Technology: Changing Times, Contemporary Trends, Future Platforms." The symposium presented how media art as a form of artistic expression had changed over time and what contemporary hands-on projects had been launched. Furthermore, the international guest speakers with different backgrounds examined the relationship between art and technology in different lights to suggest what a new platform for art and culture should be like to connect the present with the future, society with art, and individuals with the public.

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The Japan Foundation Asia Center publishes “Art Studies,” a series of publications with the purpose of deepening artistic exchanges in Southeast Asia. Vol. 4 is a collection of essays by young curators who participated in the "Condition Report" collaborative art project held in Southeast Asia from 2015 to 2017. The publication contains the current situation and problems focusing on the curation of the art scenes in Southeast Asia as of 2017, as well as the relationship with Japan.

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The Japan Foundation Asia Center: Art Studies is published by the Japan Foundation Asia Center to deepen artistic exchanges in Southeast Asia.
Complementing the second volume, this third volume, Shaping the History of Art in Southeast Asia, presents 15 key texts, written by researchers and curators from the Asia-Pacific region, to review the discourse on Southeast Asian art that developed in connection with new artistic practices from 1990s to the present.

The Japan Foundation Asia Center
Guest Editors
Patrick D. Flores, Kajiya Kenji
T.K. Sabapathy, John Clark, Ushiroshoji Masahiro, Tatehata Akira
Julie Ewington, Shioda Junichi, Apinan Poshyananda, Sakai Naoki
Ahmad Mashadi, Caroline Turner, Patrick D. Flores
Kuroda Raiji, David Teh, Michelle Antoinette, Kajiya Kenji

The Japan Foundation Asia Center: Art Studies 2 International Symposium 2015 “THE 1990s: The Making of Art with Contemporaries”

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The Japan Foundation Asia Center started publishing The Japan Foundation Asia Center: Art Studies in 2015 to deepen artistic exchanges in Southeast Asia.
In our second volume The 1990s: The Making of Art with Contemporaries, published in 2016, we reconsidered trends in artistic exchanges in the Asia-Pacific region from the 1990s onward from the perspectives of curators, artists and cultural administrators. This volume is a report of the symposium held as a related program of the touring exhibition Time of others, jointly organized by the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo, the National Museum of Art, Osaka, the Singapore Art Museum and the Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, the Japan Foundation Asia Center.

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The Japan Foundation Asia Center: Art Studies is a publication project intended to assemble reports of seminars and symposia on the art of Asia organized by the Asia Center. This report compiles the presentation papers and discussions that took place during the seminar “Cultural Rebellion in Asia 1960-1989” held at the Japan Foundation Headquarters from September 30 to October 2, 2014. This seminar was organized by the Asia Center as the first step in preparations for an exhibition on the theme of the art movements in Asia from the 1960s to 1980s, planned to be co-organized with the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Korea, National Gallery Singapore, and National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo. A total of 11 panelists from Japan, China, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam discuss the manifold problems surrounding the art movements of Southeast and East Asia of the period.

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The Japan Foundation held its original Furoshiki Design Contest in 2009 in collaboration with its overseas offices. The Foundation elicited submissions from design students in 10 countries: Korea, China, Indonesia, Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia, Mexico, Brazil, Russia, and Vietnam.
A total of 87 furoshiki designs are presented in this catalog, including the three top prize winners selected from among all 373 submissions, 10 outstanding entries, and designs regarded as the leading entries from each country participating in the contest.

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In conjunction with the Mekong-Japan Exchange Year 2009, the Japan Foundation has compiled a guidebook on the arts activities in the Mekong region, Art Guide to Asia: Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Viet Nam.

Japan's Cultural Diplomacy

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This English booklet contains a main article discussing the history of Japan’s cultural diplomacy and related articles contributed to Japan Times and other media.French, German, and Korean versions are also available.

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From the World Heritage traditional arts of Noh and Kabuki theater to Japanese traditional music, theater and contemporary dance, the performing arts of Japan today are world renowned for their diversity and depth of expression and living proof of the cultural dynamism of the Japanese. Here are in-depth interviews with 30 artists who speak to the world.

Cover image of Alternatives 2005: Contemporary Art Spaces in Asia

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This guidebook was compiled for readers who may want to visit Asian cities to see the local contemporary art scene, those who are looking for partners and collaborators for an exchange program with arts professionals, those who are carrying out research, and many others who are interested in Asia and would like to access local information.

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