To foster closer cultural exchanges between Taiwan and Japan, the Ministry of Culture has brought the Spotlight Taiwan initiative to Tokyo, starting with a series of events co-organized with the Tokyo University of the Arts during late October.
The Ministry's Tokyo branch and the university held an opening gala on Oct. 25, which was attended by 25 Taiwanese artists, guests from Japan's art community and over 100 people from the news media, including the Fuji Television Network and SankeiShimbun.
One of the joint exhibitions was titled "Taiwan-Japan Lacquer Art Exchange Exhibition,” which featured the works of 37 Taiwanese lacquer artists and 17 Japanese artists, including Taiwanese maestro Wang Ching-shuang and ArisumiMitamura, winner of Japan's 2013 Prime Minister Award for the art category.
"Do It Yourself, Brain Massage,” the other exhibition on contemporary art, featured young Taiwanese and Japanese artists aged 20 to 40, including stuntman-dancer Huang Ming-cheng and balloon artists Wang Te-yu, Tu Wei-cheng, Chu Chun-teng and Lu Chih-yun. Both exhibitions ended on Oct. 30.
The Ministry has partneredwith 19 prestigious universities and cultural institutions, including the Los Angeles and Berkeley branches of the University of California, the University of London and the University of Heidelberg, in promoting Spotlight Taiwan. The global initiative is sponsored by Taiwanese entrepreneur Samuel Yin and features a series of art and cultural activities centering on Taiwan culture.
In addition to the Tokyo University of the Arts, the Ministry is scheduled to also sign a Spotlight Taiwan memorandum of understanding with Aichi University, the Yomiuri Cultural Center, and the National Museum of Ethnology.
Taiwan-centric events of a wide variety of themes, ranging from film screenings, music performances and literature lectures, to an international conference on Taiwan's aboriginal crafts, will take place in Japan throughout 2014 under the Spotlight Taiwan initiative.
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