Logo

Logo of the Agency of Cultural Affairs

Based on the motif of the character "bun" (文) in the Japanese name of the Agency for Cultural Affairs (Bunkacho), the three ovals represent "the past, present, and future," "creation and development," and "preservation and dissemination." The three rings thus express the stance of people who strive to promote the creation of culture and the arts and to preserve and pass down traditional arts (i.e. the Agency for Cultural Affairs) and the expansion of their activities. The chosen color of the logo is "cinnabar-red," which is a traditional color of Japan.

Following an open call for potential logos, the logo below, designed by Yutaka Horie (a graphic designer based in Hiroshima), was selected by the Agency for Cultural Affairs in cooperation with external experts upon careful review of 527 entries (submitted by 221 applicants) in December 2002. By displaying this logo at performances and other events organized or sponsored by the Agency for Cultural Affairs as well as on stationery and pamphlets, we will make use of this logo to contribute toward the building of a society that values culture. We hope that you will also patronize this mark.

Logo Use

The Agency for Cultural Affairs logo may not be used by staff of the Agency or any third party users other than the Agency staff. However, exceptions apply in the following cases:

  1. The user is commissioned by the Agency to produce goods with the logo;
  2. The logo is used for Agency PR activities that have been approved by the Director of the Office for Press and Information, Promotion of the "Power of Culture" Campaign, Policy Planning and Coordination Division, Commissioner's Secretariat;
  3. The logo is used on materials and goods for projects commissioned by the Agency to show that they were officially commissioned by the Agency;
  4. The logo is used on materials and goods for events co-hosted or with the participation of the Agency, or projects and events sponsored by or organized in partnership or cooperation with the Agency, to show that such cooperation exists.

If the logo is to be used in one of the cases above, please consult the office responsible for the project or the Office for Press and Information, Promotion of the "Power of Culture" Campaign, Policy Planning and Coordination Division, Commissioner's Secretariat.

The logo can be used by anyone to link to the official website of the Agency for Cultural Affairs (under the condition 2 above). If you wish to use it for this purpose, please see About the Website.

Contact

Office for Press and Information, Promotion of the "Power of Culture" Campaign, Policy Planning and Coordination Division, Commissioner's Secretariat (Contact the office responsible for each project if you wish to use the logo for cases 1, 3, or 4 above).

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