Every month, the Japan Foundation Kuala Lumpur highlights recipients of the Japan Foundation Grants Programme, JFKL Small Grants Programme and JFKL Logo Support Programme. For more information on how you can obtain support for your Japan-related events and research, visit the JFKL grants webpage  or the Japan Foundation Headquarters (Tokyo) website.




1. Japan Local Speciality Fair 
26th October ? 4th November 2018 @ ISETAN The Japan Store


Food lovers in Malaysia will be delighted to know that a wide range of delicious specialty food products from Japan will be coming to Kuala Lumpur. At the Japan Local Specialty Fair, you will find rare and hard to get savory food products from Japan.

What’s more, you will be able to participate in a lucky draw if you purchased a certain amount of products at the fair. If you are lucky, you could get prizes such as pair of round-trip tickets to Japan!

*Please make sure that all the foods and products are Non Halal.


2. The Two Mountains Photography Project 3.0 Final Phase
24th Nov 2018 ? 27th Jan 2019 @ ILHAM Gallery, Kuala Lumpur


A collaborative effort between Naoko Ohta and Steven Lee in 2013 known as the Two Mountains Photography Project was initiated to establish a working relationship and realisation of common goals within the role of photography and it’s function to record and visualize personal projects between the two nations. This project enabled six selected photographers, three from each country, to research and photograph Mount Fuji and Mount Kinabalu respectively, and this culminated in a public presentation and exhibition of all the works in Kuala Lumpur, and a follow-up presentation at Mt.Rokko International Photo Festival, Kobe, Japan in August 2014, and exhibition in Tokyo in 2017 and now, the final phase exhibition in Kuala Lumpur in 2018.

The common mission of both parties is to utilise photography as a medium for cross cultural understanding, mutual recognition and the revelation of the beauty inherent in traditions, peoples and nature of both countries.
Exhibition information

Exhibition duration      : 24th Nov 2018 ? 27th Jan 2019.


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TUE ? SAT: 11.00am ~ 7.00pm

SUN: 11.00am ~ 5.00pm

Closed on Mondays & Public Holidays

*Admission to ILHAM is FREE


B) Supported by JFKL Asia Centre Grant Programme


1. ArtTech KL 2018
17th November 2018 @ Urbanscapes House



ArtTech KL is a platform supporting the development of new media art in Malaysia through various events such as talks, conferences, workshops, exhibitions, and networking sessions.

By gathering individuals from different backgrounds in one space, ArtTech KL offers an opportunity for participants to exchange innovative ideas with one another, paving way for greater collaborations in the field of art and technology.

ArtTech KL is a project by CROX LAB, a co-creation platform for Art, Technology, and Society.

Organised by Nollyz, a locally-based Japanese multidisciplinary creative unit that seeks to build communities centered on creativity, passion, and innovation.

Event Details :

Session 1 | 10:30 ? 12:30
Session 2 | 13:30 ? 15:30

Venue: Urbanscapes House
No. 2, Jalan Hang Kasturi, City Centre, 50050 KL

Early bird (until 26th Oct) ? RM25 per session
Normal ? RM30 per session
Combo (from 27th Oct) ? RM50 for two sessions

Book your ticket here

RSVP your attendance here


2. Madama Butterfly
22-25th November 2018 @ KLPac



Madama Butterfly is an opera in three acts by Giacomo Puccini, with an Italian libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa. The opera is set in Nagasaki, Japan, year 1904. A US Naval officer, B. F. Pinkerton marries a 15-year old Japanese wife, Cio Cio San out of convenience and left her to return to America. Three years later, Cio Cio San is still waiting for Pinkerton to return. The American consul, Sharpless brought news that Pinkerton is returning to Japan but can’t bear to tell her that he is returning with his American wife. Cio Cio San was overjoyed with the news and revealed that she has given birth to a child after Pinkerton left. A story of love and heartbreak. A Puccini master piece.

Date & Time: 
Show: 22, 23, 24, 25 Nov 2018 8:30pm
Family Fun Day: 24 Nov 2018 3:00pm

Show #1 ? 22 Nov 2018 Thu 8:00pm ( RM148, 128, 108 )
Show #2 ? 23 Nov 2018 Fri 8:00pm ( RM148, 128, 108 )
Show #3 ? 24 Nov 2018 Sat 8:00pm ( RM168, 148, 128 )
Show #4 ? 25 Nov 2018 Sun 8:00pm ( RM168, 148, 128 )
Family Fun Day ? 24 Nov 2018 Sat 3:00pm ( RM88 )

**Kindly note: Pre-performance talk half an hour before the show except for Family Fun Day

Ticket Promotions:
? Early bird 20% discount (15 Aug ?14 Sep 2018)
? Family Package (2 adults, minimum 1 child) 20% discount; Additional child at 20% discount; All seats must be from the same price tier (15 Sep ? 25 Nov 2018)
? Student/Senior/Physically Challenged Price 10% discount
? Cast Price 15% (from 15 Sep ? 25 Nov 2018); Unlimited
**No Discount for Family Fun Day.

Book your ticket here


3. 11th KL Butoh Festival 2018
November ? December 2018 


Programme 1A Tale of Star-Crossed Lovers


A Tale of Star-Crossed Lovers, a collaboration within Nyoba kan & KL Shakespeare players with dancers from Indonesia.

The essence here isn’t to unfold the tale in the conventional, chronological way. But rather through a weave of movements, both graceful and grotesque; with an ethereal soundscape, of wails, words and music; and with sometimes shocking tableaux.

Shakespeare’s text and scenes are deconstructed and new possible (maybe even probable) structures imposed to test the tension within the text, and the tension between the text and movements. This process allows for a focusing on and a magnifying of the key themes and metaphors, as the performance plays with the images in the Bard’s most popular love tragedy.

The string of (re)presented images are interwoven with the Javanese dance of Rama and Shinta?another story of star-crossed lovers. Side by side, they echo, complement and contrast each other.

Event details :

Date      : 9th ? 10th November 2018

Time      : 8:30pm

Venue  : Black Box, Publika Shopping Mall, Jalan Dutamas, KL

Ticket Price: RM68 [Early Bird], RM88 [Normal Price]

*Early Bird price valid before 1st November*

To Purchase tickets:
Walk in to: Aku Cafe & Gallery, 8, Jln Panggong, City Centre, KL
Whatsapp to: +6012 362 2939


Programme 2 :  Earth Womb | A Mediative Performance by Dai Matsuoka & Lee Swee Keong

Based on the story of K?itigarbha, a bodhisattva primarily revered in East Asian Buddhism and usually depicted as a Buddhist monk.

He is often regarded as the bodhisattva of hell-beings, as well as the guardian of children and patron deity of deceased children and aborted fetuses in Japanese culture, where he is known as Jiz? or Ojiz?-sama, as a protector of children.

Earth Womb, a meditative performance with visual of space and installation art.

Event details :

Date: 30th November ? 1st December 2018

Time: 8:30pm

Venue: Take A Shot: Studio Cafe (1, Jalan Teras 3, Taman Industri Selesa Jaya, 43300 Seri Kembangan, Selangor

Ticket Price: RM88 [Early Bird], RM108 [Normal Price]

*Early Bird price valid before 18th November*

To Purchase tickets:
Walk in to: Aku Cafe & Gallery, 8, Jln Panggong, City Centre, KL
Whatsapp to: +6012 362 2939


Programme 3 : Butoh dance workshop by Dai Matsuoka



The aim of this workshop is not only to learn the basics of Butoh choreography, but also to pursue for the neutral body that opens for creativity and communication. Dai Matsuoka incorporates Noguchi Exercise that focuses on relaxing to expand the possibility of natural body functions. His Butoh style is rooted in Sankaijuku method.

Non-experienced participants are welcome to enjoy the creative moments and the non-verbal expressions and communication with others.

Date: 25th November 2018
Time: 10am to 1pm
Fee: RM100
Venue: Studio 5, KLPAC

Booking enquiries:
010-3061 100

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