Humanity and Nature in JapanExploring the Arts from Antiquity to the Present
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.
Agency for Cultural Affairs
Japan Arts Council
Culture and Art in Japan Heritage Naval Port: Yokosuka Days and NightsYokosuka, Kanagawa prefecture
April 25, 2019 to March 31, 2020
“Discover Noh and Kyogen”: A Noh Appreciation WorkshopNational Noh Theatre
May 29 and October 31, 2019
The Tsuzuri Project: The Art of Hokusai, Reproduced from the Collection of the Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian InstitutionSumida Hokusai Museum
June 25-August 25, 2019
Exploring Art: Creatures of FaithNara National Museum
July 13–September 8, 2019
Experience Japanese Culture (Hands-on Program): Samurai Mania! Explore Japanese Armor at TNMTokyo National Museum
July 17–September 1, 2019 (designated days for “Try on Armor”)
2019 Nara Palace Site Museum Summer Exhibition for Children “In the Garden of the Nara Capital: Unearthing the Ancient Gaze at Nature”Nara Palace Site Museum, Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties
July 20–September 1, 2019
Hama Rikyu Oedo Culture and Arts Festival 2019Hama-rikyu Gardens
August 23-August 25, 2019
Three Classic Plays of Bunraku Puppet TheaterNational Theatre (Small Theatre)
September 7–September 23, 2019