Notice: Given the changing situation in Japan amidst the outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) across the nation, some of Japan Cultural Expo programs might be cancelled or postponed. Please check the official website of each organizer and program for further updates.
Japan Cultural Expo introduces the arts of Japan to the world, based on the theme of Humanity and Nature, starting in 2019 and running into 2021. The Expo will showcase 10,000 years of the arts, covering fine arts and cultural assets, the performing arts, media arts, music, the literary arts, food, Nature, daily life, design and fashion. This comprehensive expo will also explore the arts in the context of the inclusive society, living with other cultures, and recovery from natural disasters. The Expo offers unique opportunities to experience Japanese culture, from prehistoric Jomon period pottery, Buddhist statuary, painted folding screens and ukiyo-e, lacquerware and other traditional crafts, textiles such as kimono, Noh and Kabuki performing arts, to anime and manga. All these art forms share the same deep reverence for Nature, which permeates Japanese culture. We hope that this festival will create exhilarating encounters, deepening respect for diversity, celebrating universality, and aspiring for world peace.
Humanity and Nature in Japan” is the overarching theme for the “Japan Cultural Expo” series of programs introducing the many dimensions of the culture and arts of Japan from the prehistorical Jōmon age to the present: art and cultural treasures, performing arts, media arts, lifestyle arts, literary arts, and music, food culture and nature, design and fashion, inclusive society and coexistence of cultures, disaster recovery.
The Expo offers unique opportunities to experience Japanese culture, from prehistoric Jomon period pottery, Buddhist statuary, painted folding screens and ukiyo-e, lacquerware and other traditional crafts, textiles such as kimono, Noh and Kabuki performing arts, to anime and manga.
Art and Cultural Treasures
KIMONO: Fashioning Identities
Tokyo National Museum
June 30 – August 23, 2020 Details such as the exhibition period are subject to change depending on future circumstances.
Art and Cultural Treasures
The Architecture of Japan: Natural Materials Meet Traditional Techniques
Tokyo National Museum National Museum of Nature and Science National Archives of Modern Architecture
Late December 2020–February 2021 (TBC)
Inclusive Society and Coexistence of Cultures
Appreciating Ainu Culture Project: “The Ainu Together, Together with the Ainu”
National Ainu Museum and Park (Upopoy) and across Japan
Around September 2019 – around October 2020
- March 16, 2020
- Important: Cancellation of the Japan Cultural Expo Opening Ceremony
- February 28, 2020
- Important: Update on Japan Cultural Expo Opening Ceremony
- February 13, 2020
- Introduction of projects to be held at the same time as Japan Expo 2020 Opening Ceremony
- January 15, 2020
- Japan Cultural Expo 2020 Opening Ceremony will be held.
- October 11, 2019
- Japan Cultural Expo announces 1st round of Japan Cultural Expo Projects for FY 2019.
The Japan Cultural Expo intends to shape the future of artistic creation and innovation by educating the next generation, about Japanese arts and culture.
Experience Jomon Japan in the Countryside Living History in Tokamachi, Niigata Prefecture
Chief, Division of Cultural Properties, Department of Culture and Sports, Tokamachi City Board of Education
- Takahashi Tsuyoshi
Unit Chief, Art Triennial Planning Unit, Tourism Promotion Division, Industrial Tourism Department, Tokamachi City Government
Links with Nature Complete the Arts of Japan From Traditional Performing Arts to the Modern Stage
Traditional performing arts producer and director Member of Japan Cultural Expo Planning Committee