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A comprehensive celebration of Japanese arts and culture that’s part of the lead-up to next year’s Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics, the ongoing Japan Cultural Expo features everything from art exhibitions to performing arts events taking place throughout the country. The expo offers something for everyone, but the vast number of happenings held under its umbrella can make choosing what to see a bit challenging. In this series, we’re checking in with six experts to get an insider’s take on the Japan Cultural Expo events that definitely shouldn’t be missed.
Our first curator is Junji Tanigawa, an artist, designer and self-styled ‘space composer’ who runs the JTQ Inc. consultancy. For Tanigawa, keeping culture and traditions alive is all about travelling to experience them at the source, rather than just reading about them at home. He’s eager to promote micro-tourism and Japan outside the big cities, and his event picks reflect this orientation. Read on for why, according to Tanigawa, the Japan Cultural Expo provides the ideal opportunity to get out of Tokyo and explore art and culture in the countryside.