Kōgei (crafts）and Gastronomy and Performing Arts
The "Kōgei Dining" program, held in conjunction with the Japan Cultural Expo project since FY 2019, is designed to offer a hands-on experience of Kōgei（crafts） artistry.
The underlying concept of the Japan Cultural Expo, "A Japanese view of nature," is reflected in everyday artistic endeavors like arts and as Kōgei（crafts）, Japanese cuisine and traditional performing arts.
"Kōgei Dining" is a valuable opportunity for participants to appreciate, through the staging of an elaborate meal, the beauty that lies in the "practical use" of artworks that cannot be fully appreciated by simply observing them from afar. Our aim is to create an opportunity for participants to feel closer to the artworks by offering them the chance to interact with kōgei（craft）artists who are supportive of this project’s concept. Additionally, besides appreciating the works exhibited at the venue with the help of commentary by the artists themselves, participants will also be able to purchase the works as an opportunity to continue enjoying kōgei (crafts) in their daily lives long after the end of this event.
In its fourth year, this program will be held at three venues: Atami, Hiroshima, and Fukuoka. A new addition is regional sightseeing tours, which we hope will help promote local industries.