Across Japan, local traditions and culture have been handed down through the efforts of local residents over many years.

With the acceleration of the declining birthrate, aging population, and depopulation of rural regions, however, the future of these traditions and culture is increasingly uncertain.

Our generation today has an important responsibility to recognize anew the value of Japan’s traditions and culture, which are also a subject of interest and appreciation overseas, and to preserve what has been handed down from our forebears and pass them on to our children, grandchildren, and future generations.

We provide support to ensure that these world-renowned, rich, beautiful traditions and culture are preserved.

Media Center

Iroha Nihon – Experience the Soul of Japan Press Conference and Temple Tour
Program to experience traditional culture while staying at a private temple and to preserve cultural properties

Date and time: March 8, 2016 (Tuesday); 11:00 – 15:15 (reception opens at 10:30)
Press conference: Lecture Hall, Heisei Chishinkan, Kyoto National Museum
Temple tour: Daiji-in, Daitoku-ji (head temple, Rinzai school of Zen Buddhism)

Press Conference to Announce Launch of New Organization for Organizational Support and Volunteer Training for Tokyo Paralympics

June 2, 2015 (Tuesday) 14:00-15:00
The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Toranomon Hills, 8th Floor)
TURN Exhibition Moves to 3rd Location
Touring Exhibition Questions Common Assumptions Regarding Disabilities and Art

Time: April 18, 2015 (Saturday) Media Viewing: 13:00 – 14:00 Opening Event: 14:00 – 17:00
Location: Hajimari Art Center (Inawashiro, Fukushima Prefecture)
Touring Exhibition Questions Common Assumptions Regarding Disabilities and Art
TURN is First Joint Exhibition of 4 Art Brut Museums

Time: February 1, 2015 (Sunday) – March 29 (Sunday)
Location: Tomonotsu Museum (Fukuyama City, Hiroshima Prefecture)

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What We Do

  • Ahead of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games, The Nippon Foundation is supporting para sports leagues and para-athletes in a variety of ways.
  • In addition to cultivating human resources in areas related to traditional culture and promoting traditional culture to children, we are developing activities to expose new traditional culture.
  • Focusing on works created by persons with disabilities engaged in self-expression, we are planning a variety of exhibitions while promoting awareness and conveying the value of diversity by disseminating cross-sectional information.
  • We hold free concerts during the lunch hour in the lobby of The Nippon Zaidan Building, providing entertainment for our community and an opportunity for young musicians to perform.