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The Japan Foundation, Sydney

Bringing Japan to You

The Japan Foundation, Sydney is the Australian arm of The Japan Foundation, a non-profit cultural organisation which was established by the Japanese government to promote cultural and intellectual exchange between Japan and other nations. We run a diverse range of programs and events, including exhibitions, talk events, grant programs and Japanese language courses for all levels from beginner to advanced.

Located in Sydney’s Central Park, our gallery exhibits Japan-related works throughout the year, from traditional through to contemporary pieces. Our library collection holds over 18,000 Japan-related items and provides a quiet reading and learning space overlooking Chippendale Green.

The Japan Foundation, Sydney consists of three key departments: Arts and Culture, Japanese Language Education, and Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange. Our current Director is Mr Yukihiro Ohira.

The Japan Foundation was established in 1972 in Tokyo and has expanded to a global network of 26 offices in 25 countries. The Australian office was established in 1978.

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To cultivate friendship and ties between Japan and the world, The Japan Foundation creates global opportunities to foster friendship, trust and mutual understanding through culture, language, and dialogue.


Enjoy greater access to our cultural events and facilities • Priority notifications of upcoming events • Extra privileges at our library • Exclusive access to the best prices for Japanese Film Festival tickets

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