About us

The Austrian Cultural Forum is located in the premises of the Austrian Embassy. The Cultural Forum Tokyo sees itself as a cooperation partner and point of contact for Austrian and Japanese  artists, cultural institutions and scientists in terms of initiating, planning and implementing Austrian-Japanese cultural and scientific projects.

Bilateral relationships between Austria and Japan carry a long tradition. Austria is well known in Japan for being an historical centre of music culture. Composers of classical music such as Mozart, Schubert and Mahler are world famous and their music is much appreciated in Japan. Austria’s excellent musicians and orchestras often act  as so called musical ambassadors around the world and spread the fame of the aforementioned composers.

The Austrian Cultural Forum Tokyo set itself the mission, to spread knowledge of Austrian Culture beyond the world of classical music. We want the Japanese public to get to know and to experience Austria as a creative, innovative and modern country with a diverse cultural landscape.

Austria is a member of the European Union and therefore considers it important to make  Austria’s location in Europe understandable and perceptible by cultural means. European integration is also a cultural task at its core. Therefore the Austrian Cultural Forum is part of the Tokyo Cluster of the network of national Cultural Institutions of member states of the European Union (EUNIC – European Union National Institutes of Culture).

 
Links:

Austrian Embassy in Tokyo (Link)

Culture Policy Section of Federal Ministry of Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs (Link)

EUNIC Cluster Tokyo (Link)

International Cultural Policy

International cultural policy is an essential and invaluable instrument of Austrian foreign policy constituting a driving force that promotes Austria’s international cultural presence in an increasingly interlinked world

Its tasks and goals are formulated in the ‘Foreign Cultural Policy Concept’.

The main goal is to present a unique image of a contemporary, innovative and creative Austria, which is promoted and consolidated by means of high-quality cultural and scientific projects initiated and carried out by Austria’s network of representations abroad (Cultural Fora, embassies, consulates-general), often in collaboration with local partners in the respective countries.

In contemporary times and the process of globalization, we view cultural dialogue as an ever-growing factor for positive international cooperation. Culture overcomes borders, opens doors and unites people of different backgrounds, faiths, religions and views of the world.

 
Links:

Culture Policy Section of Federal Ministry of Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs (Link)

Foreign Cultural Policy Conceptt (Link)

Team

Mr. Konstantin Saupe
Director of the Austrian Cultural Forum Tokyo

Ms. Akiko Soga
Cultural Affairs Officer

The Building

ith the resumption of the diplomatic relations with Japan in 1953, the Republic of Austria acquired in 1955 in the district of Minato-ku a plot with a building. As early as 1968, it became apparent that due to the hot and humid climate in Tokyo the buildings would have to replaced.

In 1973 the construction of the current buildings began.

The Japanese architect Fumihiko Maki – one of Japan’s most prestigious and most important architect, who is also Pritzker-Price awardee – was commissioned to plan and conduct the project. The Austrian architect Emmerich Simoncsics was responsible for the interior design of the residence. After a construction period of only 18 months the new embassy opened in April 1976.

The existing Japanese garden with its old trees was incorporated in the concept of architect Maki and can be considered as an integral part of the event venues of the residence.

Newsletter Registration

At the beginning of each month, the Cultural Forum sends out an e-mail newsletter listing a selection of the cultural events related to Austria in Japan that will take place in the coming month. Newsletter subscribers will also receive invitations to our events at the Cultural Forum. To subscreibe our email newsletter please klick this Link.