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 2013, a total of 107 individuals, 2 groups (consisting of 5 people), and 26 organizations specializing in various fields such as traditional music, performing arts, culture and lifestyle, and pop culture have been sent abroad to 70 countries.


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

Visit to Mexico, India, and France

Naoya Hatakeyama
I stayed in Mexico for 5 months from September 2015. An invitation had been extended to me, more tha


Invaluable 37 days as Japan Cultural Envoy

Rokurobyoue Fujita
Noh Flute Player / 11th Generation Master, Fujita School of Noh Flute
“Mr. Fujita, can you leave a whole month open for us?” About three years ago, an official from the O


My experience as Japan Cultural Envoy

Mikuni Yanaihara
Choreographer, Director, Play writer / Associate professor of Performing arts course, Kindai University
For several months after departing from Japan, I travelled around the Southeast Asian countries, Sin


Creating an overseas hub for dissemination of Japanese culture

Kenichi Yoshida
"Yoshida Brothers", Tsugaru Shamisen player
“Yoshida Brothers concert” in Amstelveen (the Netherlands), Kenichi Yoshida solo concert in Madrid a