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Autumn is the season of arts and culture!
Discover a new side of Japan with the Japan Cultural Expo programs!
The Best Japan Cultural Expo Programs for this Autumn

The Japan Cultural Expo offers a wide variety of programs throughout Japan, including art exhibitions, performing arts, and art festivals that allow visitors to experience the beauty of the country.

There are many attractive programs in the autumn season for culture and art. In this issue, we will introduce two of such programs at the Japan Cultural Expo: programs that can be enjoyed locally and programs that allow you to enjoy Japanese culture more deeply.

If you discover a new Japan through the programs at the Japan Cultural Expo, please share it on social networking sites with the hashtags #JapanCulturalExpo and #FindNewJapan

Art festivals, exhibits and event programs that can be found in all regions of Japan

Japanese cultural exhibits and performances to find the charm of the country’s culture

Art festivals, exhibits and event programs that can be found in all regions of Japan

Japanese Modernization Heritage

The National Modernization Heritage Utilization Liaison Council (Zenkin) will hold the "Heritage of Modernization Nationwide Open House 2022" to introduce to the public the heritage of modernization buildings that have contributed to the modernization of the country.

“The Heritage of Modernization Forum 2022” is a base promotional event that will be held in Tokyo (Marunouchi, Tokyo) and Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture (Tokyo venue: September 8th to September 11th, Shimonoseki venue: October 21st to October 30th).

In addition, from October 1st to November 30th, participatory events such as guided tours, special tours, projection mapping, rakugo performances, etc., of modernization heritage sites normally closed to the public will be held in 12 cities and towns across Japan, and in conjunction with these events, modernization heritage sites across Japan will be opened to the public (some events are preceded by others).

Tokyo City i (Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo), Karato Area, Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture, among others, heritage sites nationwide
September 8th (Thursday), 2022 to November 30th (Sunday)
Note: New information about this year will updated periodically after October 1st.

Japan Cultural Expo: National Parks of Japan

Japan Cultural Expo: the National Parks Project will be exhibited at Tourism Expo Japan 2022 to be held at Tokyo Big Sight.

As a project of the Japan Cultural Expo, a cultural festival to promote the charms of Japanese culture to people in Japan and abroad, we will guide you through a virtual travel experience using 8K resolution VR projection mapping in conjunction with the Japan's National Parks booth.

You will be transported to five national parks: Towada-Hachimantai National Park, Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park, Chubu-Sangaku National Park, Yoshino-Kumano National Park, and Kerama Islands National Park. We invite you to enjoy the rich nature of Japan's national parks and the activities you can experience there with state-of-the-art technology.

Tokyo Big Sight East Exhibition Hall (Koto-ku, Tokyo)
For business: September 22nd (Thursday), 2022 to September 23rd (Friday, Holiday)
General public :September 24th (Saturday), 2022 to September 25th (Sunday)

DANCE DRAMA Breakthrough Journey

Photo credits: Ryohei Tomita

This is a large scale dance project which choreographers active in Japan and Asia, professional dancers and dancers with disabilities have collaborated on.

DANCE DRAMA Breakthrough Journey will be performed at the Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre Playhouse on October 1 (Sat) and 2 (Sun), 2022.This work is written and directed by Tatsuya Hasegawa of the dance company DAZZLE, known for various stage productions such as the stage Hana to Otori and the Immersive Theater Venus of TOKYO, among others. Following the first performance in 2021, DAZZLE, Kazuyo Morita, BOTAN, and other selected dancers from Japan and Asia will reunite for the second time. The production will reunite with new choreographers, dancers, and storylines to bring the show to the Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre with even more power.

The choreography by choreographers from Japan and abroad will incorporate the charms of Japan and the unique characteristics of Asian countries, which will create a spectacular performance full of diversity.

Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre Playhouse (Tokyo)
October 1st (Saturday), 2022 at 13:00 and 18:00, October 2nd (Sunday), 2022 at 13:00
Note:Viewing support for people with disabilities is available.

Kyoto Experiment Meeting Point Project: A Community Space Utilizing Kyoto's Cultural Resources

© Chihiro Mori

The Meeting Point that will appear in ROME THEATER KYOTO during KYOTO EXPERIMENT is a place for interaction between the audience and the festival. This year, the art unit CMTK consisting of Chihiro Mori and Teppei Kaneuji will create and install a work of art using large-scale lenticular printing* as a meeting point.

Events that children and adults can enjoy will be held on weekends during the exhibition period.

Note: *Lenticular printing is a printing technique that makes an image appear three-dimensional, changeable, or like it’s moving depending on the angle from which it is viewed.

ROME THEATER KYOTO, ROME SQUARE (Sakyo-ku, Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture)
October 1st (Saturday), 2022 to the 23rd (Sunday) 12:00 to 18:00 (Closed Tues and Weds.)
(10/1, 2, 8, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 will be from 12:00-21:30)
Note: May be cancelled in the case of bad weather or rain.


Many notable exhibits here!

ART FAIR ASIA FUKUOKA is the only art fair in Kyushu, Chugoku, Shikoku and Okinawa regions. This year, the 7th edition of the fair will be co-hosted with Fukuoka City for the first time. A record 75 galleries from Japan and abroad will exhibit their work, introducing a wide variety of Asian and Japanese artists. Artist talks and live drawings will also be held during the fair. Visitors will have a chance to experience culture, history, food, and encounter new art in the cosmopolitan city of Fukuoka.

Fukuoka International Congress Center, Hotel Okura Fukuoka. (Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture)
September 30th (Friday) to October 3rd, 2022 (Monday) Note: Hotel Okura Fukuoka will be until October 2nd (Monday)


Kikoh Matsuura « Conduction »  2022

70 art units from Japan and abroad are invited to collaborate with local citizens of Omihachiman and Hikone. In both cities, abandoned Japanese houses and historical buildings will be repaired, cleaned and brought back to life : they will then be opened to the public as BIWAKO BIENNALE venues. Visitors will be able to enjoy the traditional architecture and historical background of these venues, as well as the contemporary artworks exhibited.

In 2022, Oki Island, one of the world’s few freshwater lake inhabited islands, and Toriimotojuku, a Nakasendo post-town, will be added to the previous exhibition sites of Omihachiman and Hikone, making it the largest edition of the Biennale so far.

Omihachiman, Hikone, Shiga Prefecture
October 8th (Saturday) 2022 to November 27th (Sunday), 2022


A ‘co-creation tourism project’ that aims to create the future of tourism and cultural resources.
ROOTS — It features the culture, folklore, and human activities rooted in Shiraoi.
ARTS — It rediscovers, re-edits, and reconstructs them as an expression through communication between residents and Shiraoi’s diverse visitors.

Various locations in Shiraoi Town, Hokkaido
August 27th (Saturday), 2022 to October 10th (Monday/Holiday), 2022

Finding the Charms of Japanese Culture!Exhibitions and Performances Programs

Go For Kogei 2022 Hokuriku Crafts Festival

Artwork: Shinichiro Yoshida / Photo: Shintaro Shiratori

Encounter Crafts in Hokuriku

This is a festival of crafts currently being held in the three Hokuriku prefectures of Toyama, Ishikawa, and Fukui. Its main feature is a special exhibition that is held simultaneously at shrines and temples in the three prefectures which have been designated as Important Cultural Properties. Related programs are offered at these locations to provide visitors with an opportunity to travel around Hokuriku.

During the festival, visitors can enjoy sweets and meals served in vessels created from last year's GO FOR KOGEI, in collaboration with Kanazawa cafes and restaurants.

Shoukouji Temple (Takaoka City, Toyama Prefecture) Natadera Temple (Komatsu City, Ishikawa Prefecture) Otaki Shrine and Okamoto Shrine (Echizen City, Fukui Prefecture)
September 17th (Saturday), 2022 to October 23rd (Sunday), 2022

Magnificent Maki-e: Tales of Urushi and Gold over a Thousand Years

Small Karabitsu Chest with Plovers by the Shore in Maki-e and Inlaid Mother-of-pearl, 12th century, Kongōbuji Temple, Wakayama
National Treasure / Photo: Koyasan Reihokan Museum

Beyond a Thousand Years

Maki-e is a decorative technique in which a picture or pattern is drawn with lacquer, which is the sap of a tree, and then sprinkled with fine gold or silver powder. It has a tradition in Japan for 1,000 years.

This exhibition features a selection of maki-e works, including masterpieces representing each period since the Heian period (794-1192), as well as contemporary living national treasures. Take a close look at the small boxes that have been carefully handed down for hundreds of years, chests made for overseas customers during the Momoyama period (1573-1600), and works with delicate patterns created by modern and contemporary masters, while also taking into consideration the period and background of their creation.

Mitsui Memorial Museum(Chuo-ku, Tokyo)
October 1st (Saturday), 2022 to November 13th (Sunday), 2022
Note: The museum is closed on 10/24 (Monday), exhibits will be changed during this session.

Journey Through Nohgaku 2022
Hikone Castle Special Program for Noh Performance

“The Journey through Nohgaku” was created based on the concept of rediscovering Japan through Nohgaku and this year introduces the charms of the play under the theme of castles.

Why did famous shoguns and feudal lords love Nohgaku? What is the purpose of having a Noh stage in a castle? You may find your curiosity piqued by the columns on the special site that reveal the deep connection between samurais, castles, and the play.

A Noh stage built in the Edo period still exists at Hikone Castle in Shiga Prefecture. A special performance will be held on this historic stage on Saturday, September 24. The Noh play "Tomoe" is based on Tomoe Gozen, a female warrior in the service of Kiso Yoshinaka.

Hikone Castle Museum Noh Stage (Shiga Prefecture)
September 24nd (Saturday), 2022 Starts at 14:00

Nohgaku Performance for Beginners [Discover NOH & KYOGEN]

"Shoki" the Ghost: Higashikawa Mitsuo / Photo: Kameda Kunihei

This is for all those who have never experienced Noh and Kyogen and want to enjoy the art form in multiple languages.

All seats at the National Noh Theatre are equipped with a personalized subtitling system, so that lyrics and commentary can be viewed at each seat.

For this performance, subtitles will be displayed in six languages: Japanese, English, Chinese, Korean, Spanish, and French. This will assist first-time audiences in understanding and appreciating the art form.

National Noh Theatre (Tokyo)
October 14th (Friday), 2022

Kamigamo-jinja Kasagake Ritual

Horseback Archery/Japan Equestrian Archery Association - Takeda School - Kamigamo-jinja Kasagake Ritual / 2016/Kamigamo-jinja

There will be a Kasagake performance which is one form of archery on horseback of high skill, a technique practical for battles.
It is said that Gotoba Jyoko performed Kasagake 800 years ago at Kamigamo-jinja.
It is an important traditional culture being the only one Kasagake performed as a ritual dedicated to the gods in Japan.
In this operation, besides the Kasagake performance, there will be lectures on Kasagake and visits to the riding ground, meeting with the archers, live broadcasting and video presentation on Youtube.
This will be an opportunity to introduce the enchantment of Kasagake at home and abroad by use of English.

Kamigamo-jinja (Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture) We will livestream the event
October 16th (Sunday), 2022

Introduction to Engei Vaudeville Performance

The National Engei Hall presents a lecture-demonstration of “Introduction to Engei Vaudeville Performance.” Enjoy demonstrations by selected professionals in various genres of entertainment and detailed lectures which also include hands-on experience. This is a rare opportunity to experience the depths of performing arts. Join us!
Note: This event requires prior reservation. Reservations are now closed.

Traditional Performing Arts Information Centre 3F Lecture Room (on the grounds of the National Theatre) (Tokyo)
September 23rd (Friday, Holiday) and the 24th (Saturday)

Masterpieces of Japanese Music I: The Asuka Period – the Heian Period

The pieces of Hōgaku (traditional Japanese music), which flourished mainly in the Edo period, cover a wide range of eras. Masterpieces of Japanese Music, a series related to the “National Theatre Farewell Performances Upon the Reconstruction Project – Towards a New Adventure,” features pieces representing periods from ancient to modern times in three installments.

Colorful historical aspects of the times drawn in early modern Hōgaku are shown through the performances by skilled artists who are prominent in their respective fields. This inaugural performance features pieces related to the times from the Asuka through the Heian periods. Please enjoy this variety of musical masterpieces filled with diverse ingenuity representing many years of Japanese history.

National Theatre – Small Theatre (Tokyo)
October 8th (Saturday), 2022

Chokun's five masterpieces and Ryukyu Fireworks

Kumiodori was first performed in 1719 when it was created by Tamagusuku Chokun, Ryukyu Kingdom’s magistrate who was in charge of welcoming Chinese envoys ordered by the emperor of China to visit around 300 years ago. Before Okinawa was returned to the Japanese mainland, the five masterpieces of Kumiodori by Tamagusuku Chokun was designed as an Important Intangible Cultural Property by the Ryukyu government and this year marks the 50th anniversary of the Kumiodori, which was designated as an Important Intangible Cultural Property by the government upon Okinawa's return to the mainland in 1972.

To commemorate this occasion, the Ugushiku Stage that was set up in the Shurijo Castle garden during the Ryukyu Kingdom era will be recreated in the Kumiodori Park next to the theater, and the Chokun's five masterpieces and Ryukyu Fireworks and Iriko Odori Dance that were performed on the Una Stage will be performed once again.

In addition, Karakuri Fireworks, based off the Diary of the Fireworks recorded by the government in 1866, will be recreated and performed again. This was originally performed in the garden of the Shurijo Castle. This is a unique fireworks display of the Ryukyu Kingdom. It changes its shape while emitting sparks and was created under the theme of prosperity for the kingdom.

National Theatre Okinawa (Urasoe City, Okinawa Prefecture)
October 14th (Friday), 2022 to October 16th (Sunday), 2022