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Cultural Activities

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2015年

Conducted a special private tour of World Heritage Site Westminster Abbey

A special private tour of UNESCO World Heritage Site Westminster Abbey was conducted in conjunction with the MINERVA X exhibition held in London, UK.

Donation of proceeds from postcard sales

Postcards were sold in the exhibit hall during the 20th Japan Fine Arts exhibition at the Ueno Royal Museum. With the children affected by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake in mind, all proceeds were donated to the Hatachi Fund, which provides on-going support to children of those disaster-stricken areas for a period of 20 years.

Workshops introducing Japanese culture in Tahiti

A variety of workshops introducing Japanese culture were held and performances of the koto and Japanese fiddle were given at the Neo-Japonism in Tahiti 2015 event held in Tahiti, French Polynesia.

Introduced the Churches and Christian Sites in Nagasaki

Introduced the Churches and Christian Sites in Nagasaki, which have been nominated for inscription on the UNESCO World Heritage List, at the 23rd World Peace Art Exhibition (Japan Exhibition) held at the Kanagawa Kenmin Hall Gallery in Yokohama.

Participated in a special audience with the Pope

Participated in a special audience with the 266th Pope Francis in the Vatican City's St. Peter's Square and presented him with a pictorial record of the current exhibition and a copy of The History of Artistic Creation in Japan, published by QUALIART, during the 23rd World Peace Art Exhibition (Overseas Exhibition) held in Rome, Italy.

Helped spread the appeal of Japanese culture in Milan

Conducted a tea ceremony and Japanese calligraphy performance at the JAPAN ART TASTING EXPO 2015 in MILANO art exhibition, which was an EXPO Milano 2015 Japan Pavilion recognized event. Guests were given a taste of Japanese culture in the spirit of the exhibition's "art tasting" theme.

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2014年

Donation of proceeds from postcard sales

Postcards were sold in the exhibit hall during the 19th Japan Fine Arts exhibition at the Ueno Royal Museum. With the children affected by the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake in mind, all proceeds were donated to the Hatachi Fund, which provides on-going support to children of those disaster-stricken areas for a period of 20 years.

Workshops introducing Taiwanese culture

A variety of workshops introducing Taiwanese culture were held during the Forever Friends Exhibition at sendai mediatheque. Exhibit visitors also wrote messages on paper balloons from Semboku, Akita which were then flown afterward.

Participated in the Hirosegawa River Toro Nagashi in Sendai

Artists from Japan and Taiwan floated lanterns down Sendai's Hirosegawa River as a symbol of their sincere wishes for the quickest recovery possible following the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake.

Participated in the Lantern Festival in Taiwan

Artists from Japan and Taiwan gathered in Shifen, Taiwan where they interacted with local children while writing messages on lanterns. Afterward, they offered a silent prayer on behalf of the victims of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake before releasing the lanterns into Taiwan's night sky in their memory.

Introducing UNESCO activities

A panel exhibition was set up at the 22nd World Peace Art Exhibition (Japan Exhibition) at the Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art to introduce information about the history of UNESCO, the works of art collection at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, and UNESCO's World Heritage activities.

Workshops introducing Japanese culture at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris

A variety of workshops introducing Japanese culture were held during the 22nd World Peace Art Exhibition (Overseas Exhibition) at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, engaging participants in international exchange.

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2013

Tour with viewing of Leonardo da Vinci's ”The Last Supper”

A tour was given which included a viewing of Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece “The Last Supper” at the Santa Maria delle Grazie convent in Italy.

Donation of proceeds from postcard sales

Postcards were sold in the exhibit hall during the 18th Japan Fine Arts exhibition at the Ueno Royal Museum and all proceeds were donated to the Japan Red Cross Society to help victims of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake.

Workshops on grounds of a World Heritage site

Workshops introducing Japanese culture such as Japanese calligraphy, pencil art, and origami were held on the grounds of the SchÖnbrunn Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site in Vienna.

Workshops at Yebisu Garden Place

A variety of workshops designed for parents and children to learn ceramic painting and try their hand at building musical instruments together were held at the Kizuna Art Festival at Yebisu Garden Place.

Event introducing Ukrainian culture at Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre

An event was held introducing the culture of Ukraine that included performances featuring the Ukrainian folk instrument known as the bandura, an exhibition of the folk art known as pysanky, and a workshop on how to make your own pysanky. Paintings by children from Iwaki, Fukushima and Kiev, Ukraine with a central theme of “peace” were also exhibited.

Cultural exchange between Japanese and Thai children through art

Artworks by Japanese and Thai children were exhibited at the Bangkok Art & Culture Centre ? the largest art-related venue in Thailand. Afterward, children from both countries were all smiles as they enjoyed cultural exchange while making art and playing games together at the Wat Chang Lam Hin school building.

Original pysanky housed in Ukrainian National Chornobyl Museum

Original pysanky created by Japanese artists were placed in the Ukrainian National Chornobyl Museum, which holds numerous exhibitions meant to preserve the memory of the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear disaster in Ukraine.

Proceeds from sale of prints donated to Give Kids the World

Prints by Japanese artists were sold for charity at the Japan Art Print Show, which was held at Epcot, located at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, USA. All proceeds were donated to Give Kids the World, a non-profit charity organization that supports children with life-threatening illnesses and their families.

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2012年

Contribution of sales of postcards

We sold postcards at the venue of the “17th Art Academy Japan” exhibition organized at the Ueno Royal Museum and contributed all the sales as relief money for the Great East Japan Earthquake.

Organized a panel exhibition and calligraphy performances wishing for recovery of the Art Competition of the Olympic Games

We organized a panel exhibition at the Japan Art Competition in LONDON 2012 which traces the history of the Art Competition of the Olympic Games. In addition, calligraphy performances which transmit the Japanese culture were conducted at the reception party organized at the British Museum commemorating the organization of the exhibition.

Japanese artists contributed painting tools to the Aspeca Orphanage in Cambodia

We visited the Aspeca Orphanage located in Phnom Penh, the capital of the Kingdom of Cambodia, and had an opportunity to mingle with children through contribution of painting tools by Japanese artists.

Cultural exchange between Japan and Cambodia through paintings by children

A friendship program was organized between children in Japan and in Cambodia through an exhibition of around 4,000 of their paintings at the IPARC Exhibition Hall which is located in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Organized a calligraphy exhibition on the premises of Kiyomizu Temple which is designated as a World Heritage Site

Commemorating the 40th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations between Japan and China, calligraphic works by Chinese and Japanese calligraphers were exhibited in Entsuden which is located on the premises of Kiyomizu Temple. Cultural exchange was made through the exhibition.

Conducted support activities through calendars

Activities of the “Hatachi Fund” and the “Collaborative Schools” which support us related to the calendars published in fiscal 2013 were introduced at the “Kizuna Art Festival” organized in the Prism Hall, Tokyo Dome City, and contributions for supporting their activities were collected.

2011

Donated 2012 original art calendars

Putting our hope and wishes for the New Year in art, World Culture Art has donated an “Original art calendar” to public organizations. We donated the 2012 calendars to major museums, embassies, welfare facilities, and hospitals in Japan, and distributed them at the Nairobi National Museum in the Republic of Kenya. In reaction to the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, we also donated them to two kindergartens in Miyagino-ku, Sendai City, Miyagi at the beginning of December.

Held workshops and planted trees in the Republic of Kenya with the participation of Japanese artists

Under the theme of “Fostering Peace with Nature,” World Culture Art held the WORLD PEACE ART EXHIBITION 2011. At the Nairobi National Museum in the Republic of Kenya, we held workshops on Japanese culture such as pressed flowers, Japanese calligraphy, and origami (paper folding) with the participation of local elementary school students so that we could develop a friendship through such cultural activities. We also planted avocado trees at Kabeta Beta Primary School in the suburb of Nairobi City.

Published an anthology of excellent works exhibited at the Japan-Egypt International Exchange Art Exhibition and donated the proceeds

In commemoration of the holding of the “Japan-Egypt International Exchange Art Exhibition,” an exhibition to introduce Japanese art and culture, World Culture Art published a commemorative art book “Anthology of Excellent Works from the Japan-Egypt International Exchange Art Exhibition,” and donated the proceeds of 615,000 yen to relief efforts for the Great East Japan Earthquake through the Japan Red Cross.

Held a charity exhibition to send artists’ messages to the quake-hit areas

As a part of a disaster relief project “HEART for JAPAN” to help provide people with psychological care through art and restore the energy of all the Japanese people, World Culture Art held “Charity Art Exhibition and Sale” at the QUALIA Ginza Gallery. We raised a total of 400,488 yen from the proceeds from the sale of exhibits and donations collected during the exhibition, and donated the entire amount for the reconstruction from the Great East Japan Earthquake through the “HEART for JAPAN” http://www.cj3.jp/special/hfj.

Donated all proceeds from postcard sales

“GINZA de ART” is a grassroots art project established in “Ginza” which is the most densely gallery-populated area in Japan, a transmission point of beauty as well as a trading hub for the global art market. We sold postcards produced by participating artists, raised a total of 24,230 yen from the proceeds and donations collected during the 5th exhibition, and donated the entire amount to relief efforts for the Great East Japan Earthquake through the Japan Red Cross.

Held a children’s picture exhibition and built a special obelisk in Egypt. Held an experience summer festival, one of the typical ways to enjoy the evening cool in Japan

World Culture Art held the “Japan-Egypt International Exchange Art Exhibition” to introduce Japanese art and culture at the “PALACE OF ARTS,” an art museum in Egypt. In parallel with the exhibition, we held an exhibition of Japanese and Egyptian children’s paintings titled “Future Japan & Future Egypt - the future of the countries of the sun drawn by children in the two countries -.” In commemoration of exchange between Japan and Egypt as well as the coming of the new era brought by the Egyptian revolution, we built a five-meter-tall obelisk engraved with the “common hope of all humanity” in front of the museum. We held “summer friendship” in front of the museum to help local people experience a Japanese summer festival, one of the most popular summer events to enjoy the evening cool in Japan.

Contributed all the donations collected during an exhibition at the Zenko-ji temple, the main temple of the Buddhist Jodo sect.

Taking the opportunity of the 750th anniversary of the death of Shinran (Buddhist monk), World Culture Art held the “exhibition of Japanese poetry” which exhibited the traditional Japanese poetry of tanka, haiku, and senryu for the purpose of “spreading and handing down the beautiful linguistic culture in Japan” at the Zenko-ji Daihongan temple in Nagano. During the exhibition, we held a lot of events such as a large-character calligraphy live performance by so-called calligraphy girls of Matsumoto Arigasaki High School in Nagano. We contributed all the donations of 49,486 yen to relief efforts for the reconstruction of both the areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake and the northern part of Nagano Prefecture through activities of the “HEART for JAPAN” http://www.cj3.jp/special/hfj which has promoted psychological care through art.

2010

Hoping the completion of “Tokyo Sky Tree” during the year 2011, World Culture Art produced original calendars in cooperation with artists. We donated them to major museums, embassies, welfare facilities, and hospitals in Japan, and distributed them at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in the United States. Taking this opportunity, we introduced Japanese art in and out of Japan.

Having approved the spirit of “Places without Borders” proposed by the International Space Station, World Culture Art held the WORLD PEACE ART EXHIBITION. We held workshops on Japanese culture such as pressed flowers, Japanese calligraphy, origami (paper folding), and ink paintings at NASA Kennedy Space Center with the participation of students at neighborhood Apollo elementary school.

World Culture Art hosted a talk show titled “Bridal, 46-year career in the embodiment of Love” by Yumi Katsura, one of the most famous bridal fashion designers in Japan, at the Yokohama Royal Park Hotel. She delivered a lecture on how to produce haute couture which is rarely revealed with 60 and more slides.

We invited a professor from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) to deliver a lecture on the space such as the International Space Station and a weightless environment with plain slides.

Having invited Kenji Suzuki, a former NHK announcer, World Culture Art held a lecture titled “Symphony of Language ? Language floating in the sea of history ?” at a traditional Japanese inn “Iwaso” with a history of 150 years in Miyajima, Hiroshima.

World Culture Art dedicated all the works exhibited at the exhibition of Japanese poetry in Miyajima to the Itsukushima shrine.

2009

Donated art museum to Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh

Having become aware of the lack of venues for university students of the arts and artists of Cambodia to unveil their works of art, World Culture Art has set out to construct a museum. The intended name for this museum is “IPARC,” or “IPA Exhibition Hall.” “IPA” stands for “International,” “Peace,” and “Art.;” “PARC” is analogous with “park” or a place where people gather; and “ARC” is the word for bridge in French. This art museum is located within the grounds of the Royal University of Fine Arts in Cambodia, which is adjacent to the Royal Palace and the National Museum of Cambodia. Once completed, the museum will be intended for use by university students of the arts and artists as well as the Cambodian population at large as Cambodia’s first planned artistic exhibition facility for the purpose of introducing works of art on a wide basis both domestically and internationally.

Conducted well-digging assistance activities in Cambodia

Armed with the mission of providing fresh water to the children of Cambodia, we at World Culture Art did just that through conducting well-digging operations in the country that took into account water quality and other health safety aspects.

2008

Invited Croatian artist Constantine Kostov to Japan

World Culture Art created an opportunity to reflect on environmental problems through art created using garbage, or “trash art. ”

Conducted press caravan with a “crane lantern” in tow to bond together all of Croatia and Japan in the name of world peace

In commemoration of 15 years of diplomatic ties between Japan and Croatia, both nations that have accomplished postwar restoration, a business project entitled “1,000 Cranes from Japan to Croatia” was established under the support of the Croatian president. Mayors of the principal cities of both countries, starting with the mayors of Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Kyoto in Japan and moving to the mayors of Pula, Rijeka, Zadar and Vukovar in Croatia, affixed their respective messages to an artistically-crafted crane lantern that was paraded from city to city in that order. This crane also contained messages desiring world peace from a number of Japanese artists. At the end of the procession, the lantern was floated down the Vukovar River, which is called the “Hiroshima of Croatia,” symbolically crossing a bridge of peace connecting Japan and Croatia.

Spreading the circle of “sakura-scented” friendship across the world! - Part 2

In commemoration of 100 years since the start of Brazilian-Japanese immigration and also as a baton of friendship to be passed on to the next 100 years, sakura (cherry blossoms), the Japanese national flower, and ipe, the Brazilian national flower, were planted at the grounds of Antonio Lopez Cruz High School in Sao Paulo, which conducts classes in Japanese culture and music.

2007

Conducted “Make Mt. Fuji a World Heritage” activities

For the sake of the children who will uphold Japan’s future, World Culture Art planted sakura, or cherry blossoms, on the grounds of the Shizuoka City Culture Center located at the foot of Mt. Fuji. In doing so, we hoped to further assert the place of Mt. Fuji on the world stage. We also capitalized on the occasion by having a “Sakurakaoru Fuji” (“The Smell of Sakura at Mt. Fuji”) concert conducted by composer Misa Jonouchi.

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2006

Donated mural to the Museo de Arte Moderno

 Mural created with the works of Japanese artists

Through the “Activities for Peace as Learned through the Mexico Mural Movement” business conducted upon the 50th year of the founding of the Asociacion Mexico Japonesa A.C., (The Japanese-Mexico Association), World Culture Art donated a mural created using the works of Japanese artists to the Museo de Arte Moderno (Museum of Modern Art in Mexico City, Mexico).

Spreading the circle of “sakura-scented” friendship across the world! - Part 1

In commemoration of the 50th year of diplomatic relations between Japan and Tunisia, “sakura,” or cherry blossom trees were planted on the “Japan Road” located in the capital of Tunis as a symbol of friendship between the two countries. The sakura on these trees bloomed out of the relationship of people from differing cultures connecting with one another. Additionally, the composer Misa Jonouchi created a CD entitled “Sakurakaoru,” or “The Smell of Sakura in the Air,” as the theme song commemorating 50 years of relations between Japan and Tunisia. This CD was released in Tunisia, and proceeds from it were donated to a fund for the cultivation of sakura in that country. Among those present at the sakura planting ceremony were Yasuaki Ono, Ambassador of Japan in Tunisia; Abbes Mohsen, Mayor of Tunis; Nur ad-din Majdoub, Chairman of the Association Japon-Tunisie; and Yutaka Asoda Mayor of the City of Kashihara in Nara Prefecture, Japan. The sakura planted that day have since been taken care of by Boy Scouts in Tunisia.

2005

Participated in Expo 2005 Aichi Japan

World Culture Art conducted a lecture section entitled “Path to World Peace” in cooperation with Sumi Yukawa, the wife of Doctor Hideki Yukawa.

2004

Inaugurated “The Path of 21st Century Envoys to Tang Era China”

 “The Path of 21st Century Envoys to Tang Era China”

In commemoration of the 1,200th anniversary of the Kobo-Daishi, the Japanese monk who ventured to China and mastered esoteric Buddhism, and the of 30th anniversary of the friendship city agreement between Kyoto and Xi’an, a path approximately 110 meters in length, dubbed “The Path of 21st Century Envoys to Tang Era China,” was inaugurated on June 6, 2004 in the area surrounding the Abe No Nakamaro Monument in Xi’an’s Xingqing gong Park.

Promoted “Earth Day”

On Earth Day (April 22), a day on which we give thanks to the earth as her inhabitants and reassert our common goal of keeping the planet beautiful, World Culture Art put the “Earth Day Network Art Train,” which unified the Earth Days observed around the world, into motion. Exclusive use of hanging-down advertisement space inside Tokyo metropolitan SU liner subway train (Tokyo Metro Ginza/Hibiya/Chiyoda/Hanzomon/Marunouchi/Tozai/Yurakucho/Namboku Lines)

2003

Conducted a visit to Ground Zero in New York in memory of 9/11

Donated funds to environmental activities geared toward preserving the Earth’s water

Proceeds from the “The Voice of Water and Ink - Calligraphy: The Diverse World of Ink,” the official publication of the 3rd World Water Forum (held between Tuesday, March 18 to Saturday, March 22, 2003 at the Intex Osaka, Japan) were donated to activities serving to preserve water across the globe.

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2002

Paid visit to the Mother Teresa House in India

We felt the spirit of Mother Teresa and offered a prayer for peace Children showed us their carefree smile

2001

Paid visit to the Hoa Binh Peace Village in the Thanh Xuan district of Hanoi, Vietnam

 Japanese artists leave a message with Peace Village

World Culture Art paid a visit to the Thanh Xuan Hoa Binh Peace Village, a facility established through the support of the German government for children who suffer from residual disabilities caused by defoliant-based weapons (Agent Orange) and other afflictions of war. There, we had the opportunity to interact with the children present, from those who were bedridden to those without full use of their limbs, through personally talking to each one of them and offering them a firm handshake and embrace.

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2000

Offered flowers and a message of “may there be peace on Earth” at the commemorativetower of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk,the founder and first president of the Republic of Turkey who is credited with the nation in the aftermath of World War T in 1918

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1999

Participated in the “Year of Japan in Germany,” a large-scale cultural event intended to strengthen Japanese-German relations, promote exchange between the two nations and foster mutual understanding

 Participated in opening parade held in the city streets

1998

Conducted a special lecture session at the Instituto Superior de Artes in Cuba featuring fine art created by Japanese artists

1997

Planted flowering dogwood in the grounds of the Kiyomizu-Dera Temple

We pledge to do our part in planting the seeds of both vegetation and new culture in the old capital of Kyoto.

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