The online magazine HIGHLIGHTING JAPAN

December 2020

REVITALIZING THE REGIONS: MUSEUMS AS HUBS

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  • THEME FOR DecemberREVITALIZING THE REGIONS: MUSEUMS AS HUBS

    Japan is home to a large number of museums, and these are located in regions throughout the country. Beginning this year (2020), the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan has designated qualifying museums as regional hubs for the promotion of cultural tourism. In this month’s issue, we introduce several such museums as well as the regions and cultures which they promote.

     

FEATURES

  • Cultural Assets Showcased as “Stories”

    An interview with Aoyagi Masanori, former Commissioner for Cultural Affairs at the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan.

  • Upopoy: A Symbolic Space for Ethnic Harmony

    In July 2020, the National Ainu Museum and Park, nicknamed Upopoy, opened in the town of Shiraoi, Hokkaido.

  • A Town Blessed with Nature and Tradition—and a Manga Museum

    In Yokote in Akita Prefecture, a pioneering manga-themed museum is attracting attention.

  • Art Appreciation in Mountainous Yamanashi

    Yamanashi Prefecture with its magnificent mountain landscapes and bountiful nature provides the perfect backdrop to a number of art museums.

  • Keeping the Splendor of Daimyo Culture Alive

    The Tokugawa Art Museum houses many works of art bequeathed by the castle’s historical inhabitants, the Owari Tokugawa family.

  • Nara: A Treasury of Ancient Japanese Culture

    World Heritage sites and art and history museums are among the attractions of ancient Nara.

  • Kurashiki and the Art of the Bikan Historical Quarter

    Bikan, the historical quarter of Kurashiki in Okayama Prefecture, is known for its beautiful townscape and as a place to appreciate fine art.

  • Nature and Culture among the Aso Volcanoes

    Aso Geopark in Kumamoto Prefecture is a place to discover the abundant nature and culture created among the volcanoes.

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