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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.

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Concept

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.

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Theme Theme

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.

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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.

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Timeless Conversations 2020: Voices from Japanese Arts of the Past and the Present

Art and Cultural Treasures

Timeless Conversations 2020: Voices from Japanese Arts of the Past and the Present

National Art Center, Tokyo

March 11 – June 1, 2020

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Japanese Traditional Performing Arts: See, Hear, Touch, and Enjoy (tentative title)

Performing Arts

Japanese Traditional Performing Arts: See, Hear, Touch, and Enjoy (tentative title)

Tokyo National Museum (Hyokeikan)

TBA – May 24, 2020

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MANGA⇔TOKYO

Media Arts

MANGA⇔TOKYO

National Art Center, Tokyo

July – September, 2020 (tentative)

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A selection of 200 Japanese calligraphers

Lifestyle Arts, Literary Arts, and Music

A selection of 200 Japanese calligraphers

National Art Center, Tokyo (Special Exhibition Gallery 1E)

April 25 – May 10, 2020

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“Washoku” (tentative title) and Related Projects

Food Culture and Nature

“Washoku” (tentative title) and Related Projects

National Museum of Nature and Science

March 14 – June 14, 2020

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Kuma Kengo Exhibition

Design and Fashion

Kuma Kengo Exhibition

National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo

July 17 – October 25, 2020

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Appreciating Ainu Culture Project: “The Ainu Together, Together with the Ainu”

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

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StoryStory

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

Experience Jomon Japan in the Countryside Living History in Tokamachi, Niigata Prefecture

Interview

  • Abe Satoshi
    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

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Links with Nature Complete the Arts of Japan
										From Traditional Performing Arts to the Modern Stage

Links with Nature Complete the Arts of Japan From Traditional Performing Arts to the Modern Stage

Interview

  • Orita Koji
    Traditional performing arts producer and director Member of Japan Cultural Expo Planning Committee

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