Australian Embassy

FAQs: Culture


What does the Embassy do for Australian arts in Japan?
The Public Diplomacy Section of the Australian Embassy Tokyo has an active cultural program which aims to promote Australia's vibrant and diverse society in Japan.

Our key goals in Japan are to:

  • promote positive perceptions and a greater understanding of contemporary Australia;
  • create greater awareness of, and larger audiences for, contemporary Australian arts and culture; and
  • cultivate a long-lasting deeper understanding of Australia as a country of sophistication, diversity, creativity and innovation.

We work with relevant Australian and Japanese Government agencies and arts organisations to increase opportunities for the Australian arts industry as a whole and to foster strong cultural links between our two countries.

We publicise individual Australian cultural events in Japan through the culture page on this website. If you have an event/activity you wish to register on the Embassy's Upcoming events page, please send all relevant information to [email protected].

The Embassy cannot facilitate programs or appointments for individual artists/arts administrators seeking opportunities in Japan, nor can we organise visas, travel, accommodation or freight for visitors to Japan.


I wish to exhibit my work in Japan, and I would like the Embassy to advise me of which organisations I should approach and organise introductions for me.
The Embassy cannot service individual artists/arts administrators or arrange programs or appointments for individuals seeking opportunities in Japan. Rather, in partnership with Australian and Japanese Government agencies and arts organisations, we work to increase opportunities for the Australian arts industry as a whole.


Can the Embassy provide funding for my art event?
The Embassy does not provide such funding. However, we encourage artists and arts administrators to apply to arts funding bodies, including:

Can the Embassy provide 'official support' for my art event?

The Public Diplomacy Section can provide the Embassy's 'official support' (koen meigi) for an event once an application has been assessed and approved by the Embassy. To lodge an application,  please email [email protected].

Can the Embassy help me get a visa, accommodation, make travel arrangements or organise my event including clearing my freight?
The Australian Embassy does not organise visas, travel, accommodation or freight for visitors to Japan. Visa information can be found at the Embassy of Japan in Australia website.


Can the Embassy help promote my event?
The Embassy maintains an Upcoming events page. If you provide details of your event at least one month prior, along with a selection of digital photos, we will endeavour to post the event on our webpage as well as in any e-newsletters.

Flyers or postcards may be forwarded to us for display at the Embassy:

Australian Embassy in Japan
2-1-14 Mita, Minato-ku
Tokyo 108-8361.


I am interested in participating in the Australia House project at Echigo-Tsumari. Can you provide me with information on the project?
Australia House, located in one of the beautiful villages which host the Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennale, is a base for Australia-Japan cultural exchange, artist- and curator-in-residence programs and art exhibitions.

Please visit the Echigo-Tsumari Art Field webpage for more information.

Residency grants are offered on an irregular basis. However, proposals for self-funded residencies and projects sent to [email protected] will be considered.


Does the Embassy provide letters of introduction or references?
The Embassy cannot provide letters of introduction or references.


Can the Embassy provide a list of Australian events taking place in Japan?
The Upcoming events page provides information on Australian cultural events happening in Japan.


I am an Australian artist wanting to donate a work to a Japanese art museum. Will the Embassy write a letter of support to the museum?
Each museum has its own approach and assessment criteria regarding offers to donate works of art. The Embassy respects the independence of museums in this regard. Therefore, we do not provide letters of support to museums on behalf of artists.