Amicale au Japon pour la Maison de la culture du Japon à Paris
Established in 1997 through public-private cooperation between Japan and France, Maison de la culture du Japon à Paris (MCJP) serves as a source of information about Japanese culture in France. It introduces people to all aspects of Japan, from traditional Japanese culture to contemporary culture which reflects modern-day Japan. Over the years, it has organized exhibitions, performing arts, films, and conferences, as well as running a library. MCJP promotes Japanese-language education, introduces people to Japanese food culture, and conducts a wide range of classes including sado (tea ceremony), shodo (Japanese calligraphy), ikebana (flower arrangement), origami, and manga. Amicale au Japon pour la Maison de la culture du Japon à Paris (Nihon Tomo no Kai) was launched in 1998 as a private sector Japanese organization that embodies the ideals of public-private cooperation between Japan and France. There is also a parallel support association in France, Association pour la MCJP. These two associations provide support to MCJP in its projects involving a wide range of activities in France and Europe.