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Cool Japan Schedule, 2011 (selected events)


150th anniversary of Japan-Germany relations
50th anniversary of Japan-Kuwait relations
20th anniversary of the establishment of new diplomatic relations between Japan and Estonia/Latvia/Lithuania

January 27

Japan Night in Davos
: Central Sporthotel, Davos, Switzerland

The World Economic Forum holds its Annual Meeting in Davos, January 26–30, inviting world business and political leaders, intellectuals and journalists to discuss a range of global social and economic issues. On January 27, JETRO (Japan External Trade Organization) will hold a Japan Night at the venue, on the initiative of the Japanese Government, providing participants the opportunity to find out more about Japan, its traditional foods, culinary culture and other tourist attractions.

February 2–13

Japan Media Arts Festival
: The National Art Center, Tokyo, Japan

The Agency for Cultural Affairs annually organizes the Japan Media Arts Festival to commend outstanding Media Arts works in the genres of art, entertainment, animation and manga. The 14th Japan Media Arts Festival will exhibit 170 works selected from 2,645 entries from 49 countries.

March 18–25

12th Japan Fashion Week in Tokyo
: Tokyo Midtown, Japan

Tokyo Fashion Week is an annual festival of fashion featuring the work of young designers from all over the world. The highlight is Tokyo Collection Week, which showcases the 2011–12 Autumn/Winter Collection.


Al Janadriyah National Festival for Heritage and Culture
: Janadriyah, near Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

The annual Janadriyah National Festival for Heritage and Culture is held in the Janadriyah region of Saudi Arabia to celebrate traditional Saudi culture. It attracts more than one million people every year. Since 2008, one country has been invited as a guest country, and in 2011 the invited guest is Japan. Japan intends to showcase both its cutting-edge technologies in fields such as water, environment and energy, and its cultural strengths in both traditional and contemporary fields.

June 30–July 3

12th Japan Expo
: Parc des Expositions de Paris-Nord Villepinte, France

Japan Expo is an eagerly anticipated event in France held annually since 2000. The Expo showcases both traditional and contemporary aspects of Japanese culture, including the martial arts, literature, manga, animation, music, movies and fashion. In 2010, Japan Expo attracted about 173,000 visitors over its four-day run.

August 6–November 6

Yokohama Triennale 2011
: Yokohama Museum of Art, NYK Waterfront Warehouse, Kanagawa, Japan

The fourth Yokohama Triennale is an international contemporary art exhibition at which some of the world's leading contemporary artists are invited to show and produce art works and hold workshops. The third Yokohama Triennale, held in 2008, attracted some 550,000 visitors.


Japan International Contents Festival (CoFesta)
: Tokyo and Other Cities, Japan

Japan International Contents Festival is the umbrella term for a wide range of events which take place in Tokyo and other cities in Japan mainly from September to November. Through CoFesta, visitors can experience the full force of "Cool Japan" trends in "contents" genres including film, animation, broadcast media, games, music and manga.