Cultural Exchanges
between Japan and Countries Visited


Cultural Exchanges with Latin American Countries

  1. For the last several years the Japan Foundation, Japan's core institution for cultural exchange, has been constantly increasing its commitment to projects targeting Latin American countries. The funding of such projects rose from about 550 million yen in fiscal 1992 to about 740 million yen in fiscal 1993 and about 760 million yen in fiscal 1994. The main emphasis is on Japanese language education and personal exchange (dispatch and reception of individuals and groups). In fiscal 1994 the former accounted for 32% of Foundation funding, the latter for 37%. Other projects include audiovisual media, exhibitions, book publishing, and performances.
  2. Many cultural exchange projects commemorated the 1995 centennial of friendship between Japan and Brazil. A variety of commemorative projects are also being planned for the 1997 centennial of Japanese emigration to Mexico and of friendship with Chile and the 1999 centennial of Japanese emigration to Peru. It is hoped that these projects will promote deeper understanding between these countries and Japan.
  3. Following are the major Japan Foundation cultural projects conducted since April 1994 vis-a-vis the four Latin American countries Prime Minister Hashimoto will visit.

Introduction of Japanese culture to Latin America

Opera "Yuzuru"
Brazil :
Performances of Japanese drumming, an exhibition of contemporary Japanese poster art, performances of the opera Yuzuru (The Twilight Crane), a program of Japanese silent films, participation in the Sixth Sao Paulo International Short Film Festival, provision of Japanese TV programs including "A Video History of Japan's Electronic Industry" to TV Cultura, donation of teaching materials and books (71 cases) to Japanese language education and Japanese studies institutions.

Mexico :
Showing of videos of films directed by Akira Kurosawa, performances of Japanese folk singing and dance, an exhibition of Japanese dolls, an exhibition of contemporary Japanese photography titled "Space, Time, Memory," participation in the Seventeenth International Book Fair in Mexico (Mexico City), donation of teaching materials and books (21 cases) to Japanese language education and Japanese studies institutions

Peru :
A photography exhibition titled "The Japanese," provision of the Japanese TV program "The Sensitive Samurai" to Canal 7 (public TV), donation of teaching materials and books (16 cases) to Japanese language education and Japanese studies institutions

Chile :
Performances of Okinawan dance, a photography exhibition titled "The Japanese," provision of the Japanese TV program "Oshin" to Megavision, donation of teaching materials and books (3 cases) to Japanese language education and Japanese studies institutions, invitation of two secondary school teachers to Japan

Introduction of Latin American culture to Japan

Folk music concerts by the Mexican group "Grupo Jaranero"; performances by "Libre Club," a group with members from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Peru, and Uruguay; a Brazilian exhibition on the life and culture of Amazonian Indians


Japan Foundation offices in Latin America

Brazil
Assessoria Cultural, Consulado Geral do Japao
Avenida Paulista, 37, 2° andar
CEP 01311-902, Sao Paulo SP, Brasil
Telephone: 55 (11) 289-7281, 55 (11) 283-4921
Facsimile: 55 (11) 284-2184
Mexico
The Japan Foundation Mexico Office
A/C Embajada del Japon
Paseo de la Reforma No. 395 (Apartado 5-101)
Col. Cuauhtemoc, 06500 Mexico, D.F., Mexico
Telephone: 52 (5) 511-2387
Facsimile: 52 (5) 511-2387

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