Japan to provide cultural assets for display at “A Passage to Asia” art exhibition to be held as a parallel event for the Eighth Asia-Europe Meeting Summit (ASEM 8)

June 10, 2010

  1. On the sidelines of the Eighth Asia-Europe Meeting Summit (ASEM 8) to be held in Brussels, Belgium in October, an art exhibition titled “A Passage to Asia” will be staged from June 25 (Friday) to October 10 (Sunday). The exhibition is designed to introduce 2,500 years of history of cultural exchanges actively conducted between Asia, including Japan, and Europe through the Silk Road and other routes by displaying artworks depicting symbolic exchanges in each era.

  2. Cultural exchanges between Asia and Europe are important as one of ASEM’s three main pillars together with politics and the economy. For this reason, Japan has decided to send 36 cultural assets, including two Important Cultural Properties, to the exhibition under the cooperation of the Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs.

  3. It is expected that the display of the Japanese cultural assets at the exhibition will provide an opportunity for European people to deepen their understanding of and interest in Asia including Japan.