The Japan Foundation is an important effort in promoting cultural and art exchange between Japan and other countries where it operates from its Kuala Lumpur office. The operations began in 1989 where by 1992 it was upgraded to become a Cultural Centre. Here is where one would be able to find all the resources one would need to know about Japanese culture and the arts through its Library where the main objective is to spread the awareness and educate the Malaysian public about Japanese culture. The Culture Affairs Department and the Language center is opened on weekdays from 8.30am to 4.30pm while on Saturdays are from 10am to 6pm.
Essentially, The Japan Foundation is very much involved in the exchange of mutual cultural events and programmes between Japan and other countries and in Malaysia, it is responsible in bringing in programmes and events into the country to promote Japanese culture to the Malaysian society and vice versa. The Japan Foundation is a non-profit organisation where it has within its premises ample art and cultural space to accommodate these programmes. Within The Japanese Foundation in Kuala Lumpur, there is a Library that houses a lot of Japanese literature and resources while there is also a Tatami room where one can witness the widely popular and cultural tea ceremony classes.
Primarily, The Japanese Foundation Kuala Lumpur is established to facilitate the learning and promotion of Japanese culture in the country. Apart from holding shows and exhibitions, the Foundation is also involved with offering classes, talks, dialogues and other related events to achieve its objective. Here is where one will be able to learn and understand the Japanese culture more where it is also involved with the development of local expertise in the field of teaching the Japanese language. The Japanese Foundation also plays an important role in the development of teaching and learning materials and tools to facilitate the local students.
While the Japanese Foundation offers space for artists and performers to hold their shows, they are constantly working with renowned art spaces around the country when Japanese artists are brought in for shows. Among the events that has been undertaken through The Japanese Foundation Kuala Lumpur include the ‘TAIKUH JIKANG Southeast Asian Project: A Music & Shadow Performance from Tokyo’ which is a performance made up of a combination of music, dance and shadow movements. The show is scheduled to be held at the Actors’ Studio on between 19 to 22 July. Other shows include a performance arts on the history of the Japanese martial arts entitled ‘The Spirit of Budo: The History of Japan’s Martial Arts’ which is held at the National Museum.
A recent show that was brought in for the Malaysian public was the ‘Vision Culture Lecture: Contemporary Identity in Photography’ by Dr Michiko Kasahara who is one of the most renowned and popular photographers in Japan. The event was held at the Shalini Ganendra Fine Art that saw some valuable knowledge disseminated by Dr Kasahara who is also the Head Curator of the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography.
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