- Art & Design

The International House of Japan has long served as an international base for creative artists from a variety of fields, including visual artists, designers, architects, writers, and musicians from both Japan and overseas. In 1954 we welcomed Walter Gropius, the “father of modern architecture” as a guest, and the building itself, the result of a collaboration among three of Japan’s leading modernist architects, has been a gathering place for architects from around the world. In 1978, to mark the return of Okinawa to Japanese sovereignty, we began welcoming fellows on the US-Japan Creative Artists Program, and to date, many American artists have used the International House of Japan as a base to study the culture and arts of Japan.
This project aims to promote artistic exchanges through activities such as lectures by globally active architects, artists, and designers, invitations to overseas artists, and sending Japanese artists overseas. We will also continue to promote projects that consider the world and its future through art, architecture, and design.



Inviting world-class Japanese and overseas architects, researchers and artists as speakers, this series aims to shed light on current social issues through the lens of architecture and identify architecture’s role as a catalyst for creating connections

U.S.-Japan Creative Artists Fellowship Program

Every year five U.S.-based artists from a broad range of fields are selected to spend three to five months in Japan to further their artistic experience and research into the Japanese culture. The IHJ assists and advises the artists who come to Japan on this program.

International House of Japan

Asia Pacific Initiative