Since 2003, the Agency for Cultural Affairs has been appointing people committed to cultural activities such as artists, cultural specialists and so on, as “Japan Cultural Envoys”. This undertaking aims to deepen the international community's understanding of Japanese culture and to build and strengthen networks between Japanese and foreign artists and experts. By 2019, a total of 143 individuals and 26 organizations specializing in various fields such as traditional music, performing arts, culture and lifestyle, and pop culture have been sent abroad to 88 countries.


Here are reports of the activities of previous Japan Cultural Envoys.

Present and Future Development of Shakuhachi in the World

2019 Japan Cultural Envoy (long-term dispatch type)
Shakuhachi Player
As a Japan Cultural Envoy dispatched by the Agency of Cultural Affairs, I made it my dual mission to […]


Joyful Gatherings to Know, See, Touch and Taste Japanese Confectioneries

2019 Japan Cultural Envoy (long-term dispatch type)
SHIMIZU Toshinaka
Ryouguchiya Kasyo, Director of Executive Adviser
As a Japan Cultural Envoy, I organized a total of 12 wagashi (Japanese confectionery) workshops in f […]


A Japanese Chef in Kyoto Seeks to Convey the Spirit of Japan to the World

2019 Japan Cultural Envoy (long-term dispatch type)
Kyoto Cuisine Manshige, Junior Owner and The Zenkoku Mebaekai Rengokai (Junior Traditional Japanese Cuisine Restaurant Association) Supervising Inspector
Cooking is one of the most familiar things to anyone in the world. It is essential to daily life. Be […]


Fascination of Kabuki

2019 Japan Cultural Envoy (long-term dispatch type)
Kabuki Actor
Kabuki, serving for the first time as a Japan Cultural Envoy, traveled to the United States of Ameri […]


Evolving Culture of Origami

2019 Japan Cultural Envoy (long-term dispatch type)
Professor of University of Tsukuba
I was involved in the cultural exchange activities in eight countries in Asia through origami paper […]


Culture Raised by Nature — Japanese Bonsai (Tray Planting)

2019 Japan Cultural Envoy (long-term dispatch type)
MORI Takahiro
Bonsai Master
I am the third Japan Cultural Envoy for bonsai. I want to pass on my techniques and expertise while[…]