Step through the CULTURE GATE to JAPAN to explore the country’s regional diversity through contemporary art. This new exhibition can be explored online and at seven airports and a cruise terminal in Japan. As global travel remains restricted, the exhibition website provides a rich variety of information, videos and images so that people around the world can learn about Japan from home and plan trips for the future. On show until at least September 2021.
Ninja, samurai, ancient kingdoms, indigenous Ainu culture, manga, crafts and Japanese gardens are just some of the aspects of Japan’s rich culture that inspired art installations now on show at seven airports and a cruise terminal in Japan. As global travel remains restricted, the exhibition website provides a rich variety of information, videos and images so that people around the world can learn about Japan from home and plan trips for the future.
The Covid-19 pandemic has made it difficult to meet new people and experience new cultures in person. CULTURE GATE to JAPAN sees 29 artists and creators working in arts, entertainment, animation and manga, producing artworks inspired by the histories and charms of destinations around Japan. The exhibition has been launched by the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan, with the hope of continuing to provide people around the world with the same sense of wonder and joy felt when encountering a new culture.
Click your way around a map of Japan on the official website to see the artworks on display at each location and for a travel guide to what inspired them. Watch a pixel art video of warring samurai by Yusuke Shigeta and then read up on samurai sites you can still visit today. Be mesmerized by a swirling ferrofluid Gravity Garden by Sachiko Kodama, and get tips for iconic gardens to visit. See an example of how Japanese culture constantly adapts and evolves with a performance art piece by son of a Zen monk, Jun Inoue that fuses the techniques of shodo calligraphy that he studied as a child in Kanagawa, with urban, hip hop, graffiti culture he absorbed when he moved to Tokyo.
CULTURE GATE to JAPAN is on show online at seven airports across Japan and Tokyo International Cruise Terminal until at least September 2021. Visit www.culture-gate.jp to find out more.