Often contradictory, sometimes elusive yet always engaging, we encourage you to explore Japan through its arts and crafts – a journey that starts with the concept of the entire country as a creative space, something we like to call – Art Space Japan.
Top image: ‘海幸講 (UMISATCHI Meeting)’ / 2018 / Artist: Nakamura Jin
To connect with the essence of any country and its culture, you need to explore its cities, wander its natural landscapes, indulge in its cuisine and finally, immerse yourself in its arts. One of the most seductive cultures in the world, Japan is home to a thriving arts scene – from its traditional arts and refined cultural practices, through to the contemporary, best defined by its pop-culture of ‘anime’, ‘manga’ and acclaimed modern artists.
Recommendation of the best art spaces in Japan
Current and upcoming exhibitions and creative events
Dive into the immersive world of Japanese arts and crafts
Discover local artists including how to buy their work
Keep up-to-date with what's happening including current and upcoming exhibitions, recommended museums and galleries, arts events and artist profiles.
Our recommendations of the best art spaces, most engaging exhibitions and captivating creative events on offer.
With so much on offer, let's study the ABCs of Japanese arts and crafts - an immersive world of beauty and skill.
We introduce local, emerging and exciting artists including where to view their art and where you can buy it.
Animator, director and co-founder of animation company Studio Ghibli, Miyazaki Hayao is acclaimed both in Japan and around the world.
Considered by many as the heir-apparent to Miyazaki Hayao, Shinkaki Makoto represents a new generation of animators and film in Japan.
Another of Miyazaki's acclaimed successors, the films of Hosada Mamoru blend the fantastical with the everyday, with many locations in his films based･･･
Cute yet dark, innocent yet menacing the large-eyed children and sleepy animals populating Yoshitomo Nara's art win lots of fans.
Based in the mountain resort town of Karuizawa, Nakamura Jin is one of Nagano's most exciting and unique contemporary artists.