Official Program and Associate Program
“Japonismes 2018: les âmes en resonance” introduces many different forms of art and culture through an official program of events such as exhibitions and stage performances at more than twenty venues in Paris and other locations during an 8-month period. The diversity of Japanese culture will be introduced through presentations ranging from works of the ancient Jomon period that is the origin of Japanese culture, Ito Jakuchu, and Rinpa School painting; to the latest media arts, animation, and comics; as well as Kabuki, contemporary drama, and Hatsune Miku performances. There will also be opportunities to participate in cultural exchange programs with themes taken from everyday Japanese life, including cuisine and traditional regional festivals.
In advance of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, people in Paris and all over the world will be able to discover the fascination of Japanese culture in various aspects. The Japonismes 2018 Official Program is accompanied by the Japonismes 2018 Associate Program, which recognizes other Japan-related events organized in France in line with the aim of Japonismes 2018. The Associate Program enables an even broader audience to enjoy Japonismes 2018, communicating Japanese culture more widely.
In May 2016, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and French President François Hollande agreed to hold “Japonismes 2018: les âmes en resonance” as a means to showcase Japanese art and culture outside Japan. Since then, Japan and France have worked together to bring the program to France, a nation that has its own rich culture, and has long maintained an interest in the culture of Japan.
The title “Japonismes 2018: les âmes en resonance” represents two messages. The first is the respect for nature and appreciation for harmony between different values, the foundation for many aspects of Japanese culture during its long history. Japanese people have always assimilated ideas from the outside world, finding resonances and integrating the ideas into their own culture. In doing so, a new and distinct culture emerged. We will introduce the sense of beauty unique to Japanese culture, in which beauty transcends right and wrong and exists in a higher place where different values coexist.
The second message represents the shared sensibilities the Japanese and French have for art and culture. The two countries are now working to expand the circle of resonance worldwide in the hope that it can contribute to addressing the issues that the global community faces in the 21st century.