ABOUT

Since 2003, the Agency for Cultural Affairs has been appointing people committed to cultural activities such as artists, cultural specialists and so on, as “Japan Cultural Envoys”. This undertaking aims to deepen the international community’s understanding of Japanese culture and to build and strengthen networks between Japanese and foreign artists and experts. By 2019, a total of 143 individuals and 26 organizations specializing in various fields such as traditional music, performing arts, culture and lifestyle, and pop culture have been sent abroad to 88 countries.

REPORT

Here are reports of the activities of previous Japan Cultural Envoys.

Trip to Experience What Music Is

2018 Japan Cultural Envoy (long-term dispatch type)
KASAMATSU Yasuhiro
Music Composer
Having been appointed Japan Cultural Envoy for the Agency for Cultural Affairs, I went to South Amer

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Researching the history of Japanese immigrants.

2018 Japan Cultural Envoy (long-term dispatch type)
TANAKA Koki
Artist
This time, my main effort was to investigate the history of Japanese immigrants in the US and South

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Live shows, cultural exchanges, physical changes, and addressing the world’s narrative singing artists.

2018 Japan Cultural Envoy (long-term dispatch type)
TAMAGAWA Nanafuku
Rokyoku Artist/Kyokushi (Shamisen player who accompanies a Rokyoku singer)
I toured seven countries from Europe to Central Asia; I performed 13 live shows, participated in fou

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Conveying to a foreign audience how koto music is a tradition that lives on today

2018 Japan Cultural Envoy (long-term dispatch type)
YONEKAWA Tosiko II
Ikuta-ryû sôkyoku (music of koto, 13-stringed zither); ziuta (chamber music style syamisen music)
In Europe, where I went this time as Japan Cultural Envoy, I particularly wanted my program to clari

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