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Looking for Japanese Artist?

The Japan Foundation offers various resources on Japan’s arts scene: performing arts, film, literature and web magazine with the topics on international cultural exchange all over the world. JFKL plays a role to introduce these resources as well as helping your program with grant, cultural material loans and by consultation.

Looking for Support to your program? See Grant page from here.


1) Performing Arts Network Japan

Screen Shot 2013-08-04 at 10.36.13 PMPerforming Arts Network Japan is a Website dedicated to disseminating information about the stimulating and highly diverse Japanese performing arts scene. And, with an eye to the international performing arts scene, each month we will also introduce presenters who are presently active on the international stage.
The Japan Foundation has previously published English language introductions to drama and dance artists in Theater Japan (1989 and 1993), and an organized survey of the genres of contemporary theater, contemporary dance, butoh, contemporary music, and popular music, in Performing Arts Now in Japan (1995). We also presented the most up-to-date information on the Japan Performing Arts Net Website during 1997-2003 to provide a view of trends in Japanese performing arts.

Read Articles from this resource…

National Policy on Promoting International Exchange in the Performing Arts — Hiromitsu Yoshimoto (NLI Research Institute)
Private-Sector Support for Culture and the Arts — Hiromitsu Yoshimoto (NLI Research Institute)
Public Theaters and Concert Halls — Eiko Tsuboike (Institute for the Arts)
Performing Arts Presenters and Arts NPOs — Shuji Sota (Professor of Atomi University)
Energizing the Performing Arts Through International Exchange — Noriko Tsuchiya, Eiko Tsuboike (Institute for the Arts)
Arts Management Education in Universities — Mari Kobayashi (Associate Professor of Tokyo University)
Japan’s Performing Arts on the Internet — Eiko Tsuboike (Institute for the Arts)
Latest Trends by Genre: Shôgekijô (Small Theater) Movement — Eiko Tsuboike (Institute for the Arts)
Latest Trends by Genre: Contemporary Dance — Eiko Tsuboike (Institute for the Arts)
Latest Trends by Genre: Kabuki, Nôgaku, and Bunraku — Kazumi Narabe (Journalist)
Latest Trends by Genre: Hôgaku: Traditional Japanese Music — Kazumi Narabe (Journalist)


2) Wochi Kochi Magazine

wochikochi top -smallThis website is designed to transmit information about Japanese culture to the rest of the world. It has replaced “International Exchanges” (1974-2004) and “Wochikochi (Far and Near) (2004-2009) (*ceased publication with the December, 2009, issue), the only magazines in the country on international cultural exchanges published by the Japan Foundation.

Inheriting the spirit of its predecessors, Wochikochi Magazine carries interviews, contributed articles and serialized stories written by experts in a variety of professional and academic fields on a special topic each month.

The Magazine’s “Search” function enable us to find articles related to Malaysia and Japan cultural exchanges.


3) AIR_J Artist in Residence Database of Japan

airj -smallAIR_J is a Website dedicated to disseminating information about Artist-in-Residence programs across Japan in both Japanese and English.

Artist-in-Residence (AIR) is a short-term residence program to support creative activities of artists, creators, and scholars. AIR_J website provides information on AIR programs in Japan, such as the outline, achievements, and application requirement of each program, to those living abroad who are interested in AIR programs and culture of Japan.

It also offers the cross-searchable database of AIR programs, FAQ, interviews and essays to update the user with the latest information of AIR programs in Japan and abroad.



4) Japanese Film Database

japanese film database - smallJFDB is a Japanese Film Database managed in cooperation with the Japan Foundation and UNIJAPAN.

It provides search for information on Japanese films according to title, film cast and staff, or film industry related companies.

JFDB also offers information on Japanese films released in period from year 2002 to 2010 together with contact details on Japanese film industries, bilingually in Japanese and English.



5) Japanese Book News

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Japanese Book News is published quarterly by the Japan Foundation to make available to overseas readers up-to-date information on new books and recent topics of Japan’s publishing culture.

This website provides access to information about the recently published books covered in the “New Titles” column of Japanese Book News from No. 43 onward, searchable by author, title, genre, etc. It also provides detailed information on the List of Recommended Works in the Japan Foundation’s Support Program for Translation and Publication on Japan.

We hope the data on this website will prove useful and provide a window on the world of Japanese books that is both informative and enjoyable.



6) Japanese Literature in Translation Search

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This database covers Japanese literary works translated into other languages, mostly after World War II. Searches can be made either in Japanese character or Roman letters.