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The Heart of Beauty

Message from the Japan Cultural Expo

PART1 Aired: January 7, 2022
PART2 Aired: January 14, 2022


The Japan Cultural Expo was launched in 2019 to celebrate Japanese arts and culture.
The overarching theme of the expo is “Humanity and Nature in Japan.” Since ancient times, the Japanese have coexisted with nature, respecting its power and appreciating its blessings. Nature’s influence can be clearly seen in the Japanese sense of beauty.
Exhibitions, performing art productions, and other events showcasing the beauty of Japan have been held at venues nationwide. Content is divided into eight categories, spanning subjects such as fine art, cultural treasures, the performing arts, media arts, music, literary arts, food and nature, daily life, design, fashion, a multicultural and inclusive society, and recovery from natural disasters.
In this program, we take a look at several Japan Cultural Expo initiatives held in 2021.

On Air: January 7, 2022 (UTC)
Part1 focuses on traditional Japanese culture.
It examines Japanese aesthetics developed over time, from yabusame—a ceremony performed to pray for the safe holding and success of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games—to kogei crafts and a unique fireworks event. It also introduces a virtual platform for enjoying the expo’s contents that can be accessed from the Japan Cultural Expo website.

On Air: January 14, 2022 (UTC)
Part2 focuses on unique and contemporary Japanese cultures.
Join us to see an exhibition on “kawaii” fashion and other distinctive Japanese styles, an exhibition showcasing the works of Anno Hideaki, the producer of a massively successful anime series, and the groundbreaking opera “Super Angels” achieved through a collaboration between humans and an android.


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