To Japan, From Japan

To Japan, From Japan – "International Exchange" in Interwar Japan
Tomoko Kakuyama
November 10, noon

After 1854, the year ending Japan’s seclusion from the world, Japan struggled to catch up with the West in terms of wealth and military power. However, it was only in the 1920s that the rapid urbanization and new modernist ideas gave rise to the modernization of Japan. It was also during this period that several European and American artists and architects visited Japan not just for the trip to the East, but in order to collaborate with Japanese artists. My presentation will focus on the cultural junction that formed in Japan in the 1920s and 1930s, one of the most prolific moments of international exchange and open-mindedness in the country. Finally, I will talk about the cultural link between Poland and Japan. I would like to present, in the International Cultural Center in Krakow, some aspects of the „international culture“ that formed the basis for the Japanese lifestyle of today.
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