Japan Season

Japan 2021 – Humanities Cultural Programme - 22nd October – 10th December 2021


Japan encompasses many different contributions to the world - and this is reflected in the diverse ways in which it is studied and researched at Oxford. The arts and culture, alongside the rich histories, literatures and languages of Japan, will feature as part of a wide-reaching cultural festival in late 2021, led by the University of Oxford as part of the Humanities Cultural Programme.


Bringing together artists and performers based both in the UK and in Japan, the events series will engage the wider public through public events, grounded in collaboration. This festival will both showcase the work of creative performers and artists and reach diverse large audiences in Oxford; it will also have a global reach where the material goes online. We will connect with key organisations and artists as we bring together and celebrate the arts and culture of Japan.


Oxford will be alive with opportunities to celebrate Japan in 2021. Alongside the Olympics, in Oxford there will be a major exhibition hosted at the Ashmolean Museum (TOKYO: Art & Photography (July-December 2021). 


Opening with a large-scale launch event, the Japan 2021 cultural festival programme will include around 17 events over October-November and into December 2021. Each event will speak to an area of Japanese arts and culture and connect with global and local public audiences through performances and creative productions by artists, as well as musicians, writers and theatre groups.


We are very grateful to all the contributors to this Season - many people have been involved in bringing these ideas together leading to the creation of this Programme.



If you've attended one of our Japan Season event, we'd love to hear your feedback - fill in our short form and be in with a chance of winning a Japan-themed prize.


Japan Season 2021 Supporters:
We are hugely grateful to the following Foundations for their support of the Humanities Cultural Programme’s Japan Season: 

Bagri Foundation

The Bagri Foundation is a UK registered charity, inspired by unique and unexpected ideas that weave the traditional and the contemporary of Asian culture. The Foundation, with its roots in education, is driven by curiosity and a desire to learn, and aims for each project to challenge, engage and inspire. Through a diverse programme of film, visual arts, music, dance, literature and talks, the Bagri Foundation gives artists and experts from across Asia and the diaspora, wider visibility on the global stage. Recent projects include a series of new outdoor commissions in partnership with the Hayward Gallery; Tantra: enlightenment to revolution at the British Museum; Anicka Yi at the 58th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia; Asia Forum for the Contemporary Art of Global Asias and Nikhil Chopra at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. www.bagrifoundation.org


The Great British Sasakawa Foundation

The Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation seeks to promote mutual understanding and cooperation between the UK and Japan through financial support for activities in a number of fields, from Arts and Culture to Humanities and Social Issues, from Japanese Language and Sport and Education, from Science and Technology to Medicine and Health.


The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation

The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation is a UK charity, established in 1988 with a generous benefaction from Daiwa Securities Co Ltd. The Foundation’s purpose is to support closer links between Britain and Japan.



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