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Japan Cultural Expo VIRTUAL PLATFORM - INTO THE METAVERSE -Japan Cultural Expo VIRTUAL PLATFORM - INTO THE METAVERSE -

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About

Japan Cultural Expo VIRTUAL PLATFORM has been launched. This platform combines “real” experiences at physical venues and “virtual” experiences through online digital content, promoting these within Japan and beyond.
Japan Cultural Expo VIRTUAL PLATFORM allows you to experience its art exhibitions, performing arts, nature, and art festivals in the virtual world, utilizing video, VR, and images.
While connecting the physical projects of the Japan Cultural Expo online, content is posted in English and Japanese, building an interactive virtual space that is accessible from everywhere. The content includes exhibitions of cultural properties from the Jomon period (13,000 – 500 BC), Buddhist statues and other forms of sculpture, ukiyoe woodblock prints, kōgei (Japanese art crafts), kimono, contemporary art, fashion, manga, and anime. There is also a showcase of the traditional performing arts of kabuki, noh, kyogen, and bunraku, as well as contemporary performing arts, art festivals, Ainu culture, and various hands-on projects for cultural properties

Japan Cultural Expo x Joe Hisaishi collaboration video (Now available on the 3rd floor of the Wood Art Theater)

Visitors will be able to view a special video that combines footage from the World Dream Orchestra 2018 concert by Joe Hisaishi, who has composed music for numerous Studio Ghibli films and commercials, with footage from various projects from the Japan Cultural Expo.

Matsufuji Kensuke reports on his experience at The World of Traditional Performing Arts exhibition and the Japan Cultural Expo VIRTUAL PLATFORM

I visited the special exhibition by the Japan Cultural Expo, ‘The World of Traditional Performing Arts’, which showcases UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritages. It is a great place to visit on your own, in a group or as a couple for taking photos inside. There is also the Japan Cultural Expo VIRTUAL PLATFORM to be enjoyed online, where some of the actual exhibits can be experienced in a virtual space. I didn’t know much about Japanese traditional performing arts before, but I had a lot of fun at the exhibition, and I’d like to introduce some of the highlights to everyone!

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Takasaki Ryo reports on his experience at The World of Traditional Performing Arts exhibition and the Japan Cultural Expo VIRTUAL PLATFORM

I visited the exhibition of The World of Traditional Performing Arts at the Tokyo National Museum, which is supported by the Japan Cultural Expo. I explored the five areas – Kabuki, Bunraku, Noh and Kyogen, Gagaku and Kumi-odori. After seeing the valuable cultural treasures up close, I then enjoyed the Japan Cultural Expo VIRTUAL PLATFORM online. It was very interesting to learn about a world that we rarely have the chance to see. Here are some of the highlights of the traditional arts exhibition, which can be enjoyed both in real-life and virtually!

※Display at the venue is now finished.
Please continue to enjoy the Japan Culture Expo virtually.

Nitta Sachika reports on her experience at THE HEROES and the Japan Cultural Expo VIRTUAL PLATFORM

I visited the special exhibition, ‘THE HEROES – Chronicles of the Warriors: Japanese Swords x Ukiyo-e from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston’, currently being held at the Mori Arts Center Gallery in Roppongi Hills. It was very interesting to learn about Japanese heroes through the displays of Ukiyo-e and swords. I also experienced the Japan Cultural Expo VIRTUAL PLATFORM, where you can encounter various aspects of Japanese culture online, which I will share some highlights of!

※The Tokyo and Niigata display for THE HEROES – Chronicles of the Warriors: Japanese Swords x Ukiyo-e is now finished. Currently displayed at the Shizuoka and Hyogo venues.

Nakamoto Manami reports on her experience at THE HEROES and the Japan Cultural Expo VIRTUAL PLATFORM

I visited the special exhibition of the Japan Cultural Expo, ‘THE HEROES – Chronicles of the Warriors: Japanese Swords x Ukiyo-e from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston’. I learned a lot about a new topic, which was fun, and it was a great opportunity for me to become more knowledgeable about Japanese culture. I would like to share my experiences of the Japan Cultural Expo VIRTUAL PLATFORM with you, and explain how you can experience Japanese culture in a virtual space!

※The Tokyo and Niigata display for THE HEROES – Chronicles of the Warriors: Japanese Swords x Ukiyo-e is now finished. Currently displayed at the Shizuoka and Hyogo venues.

Here's an introduction for how to walk around the Japan Cultural Expo VIRTUAL PLATFORM!

While walking freely in the virtual space, visitors can experience different forms of Japanese beauty through video, VR and images. In particular, Mt. Fuji and ‘sakura’, also known as cherry blossoms, which are one of the symbols of Japan, have influenced many works of art. You will be able to encounter many of these within the Japan Cultural Expo VIRTUAL PLATFORM. We hope you will enjoy the diverse forms of Mt. Fuji and sakura.

V&A Dundee 2018 © Ross Fraser McLean

The Charm of Japan’s Architecture In a Virtual World

The Japan Cultural Expo is a festival celebrating the lasting tradition of Japanese aesthetics and culture and the act of passing it down to future generations. The 2021 edition of the Expo features online video, images, and VR experiences, allowing visitors to enjoy their own Virtual Japan Cultural Expo.
In this article, we speak to the organizer in charge of Japanese architecture. We asked why Japanese architecture is gaining attention and how visitors can get the most out of this virtual expo.

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\Special videos of VTubers are now available/

  • Special contents by Elira Pendora, Pomu Rainpuff and Rosemi Lovelock are available on the Japan Cultural Expo VIRTUAL PLATFORM! (Wood Art Theater, 2F-I)

Recommended system requirements

【Windows (PC)】

Windows 10 or newer, GPU, and memory (RAM) 8GB
Video memory 2GB or more
Recommended browser: The latest version of Google Chrome

【Mac】

10.12 (macOS Sierra), 10.13 (macOS High Sierra), 10.14 (macOS Mojave) or newer.
GPU, and memory (RAM) 8GB
At least 2GB of video memory
Recommended browser: The latest version of Google Chrome

【SP (Smartphone)】

iPhone (iOS13.4 or later) / Android (9 or later) *Screen display available on landscape mode only

【TB (Tablet)】

iPad (iPadOS13.4 or later) / Android (9 or later) *Screen display available on landscape mode only