The HOKUSAI exhibition, held at the Grand Palais in Paris, France from October 1, 2014 to January 18, 2015, attracted an astounding 359,000 visitors. This exhibition was organized jointly by the Japan Foundation and the Grand Palais, with the original intention of commemorating the 200th anniversary of the publication of the Hokusai Manga (1814), which was one of Hokusai's representative works.
At the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale, the documentary film Inside Architecture - A Challenge to Japanese Society was shown and a talk session were held in Tokyo. The film, directed by Tomomi Ishiyama and shown in a space on the stilted ground floor of the Japan Pavilion, had been produced exclusively for the Biennale. We talked to the director of the Japan Pavilion Project Team as well as the producer of this film, Norihito Nakatani, and film director Tomomi Ishiyama, about production anecdotes and other aspects of this documentary film.
Every year since 1996, the Japan Foundation and the International House of Japan jointly set up the Asia Leadership Fellow Program (ALFP). The ALFP seeks to create a close, personal and professional network of public intellectuals in Asia, deeply rooted in and committed to civil society beyond their own cultural, disciplinary and geopolitical backgrounds. One of the seven ALFP 2014 fellows, Mr. Wonjae Lee (Korea) talks about his two months of ALFP in Japan, such as his views on Japan or the Japanese through ALFP, interactions with other fellows and his expectations towards this program and the younger generation.