Japan Arts Council is a public agency dedicated to preserving and promoting traditional performing arts as well as to promoting and popularizing modern performing arts, playing a vital role in promoting arts and culture in Japan.
To present performances, train successors/performers, and conduct research on traditional and modern performing arts, in order to undertake the preservation, promotion, and popularization of these arts, as well as to provide financial support to arts and culture.
What We Do
- Financial Support for the Arts and the Cultural Sector (only available in Japanese)
- Presentation of traditional and modern performing arts
- Training of traditional performing arts successors and training of young artists and personnel involved in modern performing arts (only available in Japanese)
- Research and collection/utilization of materials related to traditional and modern performing arts
- Theater and facility rental (only available in Japanese)
- Organizing and running of the Japan Cultural Expo
National Engei Hall
National Noh Theatre
National Bunraku Theatre
New National Theatre
National Theatre Okinawa
*Operational Activities related to National Theatre Okinawa and New National Theatre, Tokyo are entrusted to National Theatre Okinawa Management Foundation and New National Theatre Foundation, respectively.
About the Emblem
In conceiving the design of the emblem of National Theatre, I got an idea from the Water Flame of Yakushiji’s East Pagoda in Nara. In the center, a celestial nymph who plays heavenly music with Sho (pipe), Fue (flute), Kin (horizontal harp) and Kugo (harp) is arranged; around her, six hems of her dress are trailing like a rainbow in the sky to the music of six-tone scale. The keynote of this design is grace and refinement worthy of the dignity of the theater of the nation.
- Yoshida Isoya, architect/professor emeritus of Tokyo National University of the Arts
Outline of Japan Arts Council 2021-2022
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