Culture City of East Asia

The "Culture City of East Asia" program was created based on an agreement reached at a meeting of ministers of culture from Japan, China, and Korea. Every year one city in each is selected from among the cities in the three countries that are aiming to develop their ties through culture and the arts; that city hosts a variety of cultural and artistic events to introduce modern arts and culture, traditional culture, and various lifestyles. The Cultural City of East Asia Program thus encourages deeper mutual understanding and stronger solidarity within East Asia and strengthens the ability to internationally promote the diverse culture of the region.
The cities chosen as Culture Cities of East Asia also use this project as an opportunity for continued development, by taking advantage of their distinguishing cultural characteristics to promote culture, the arts, creative industries, and tourism.

Culture City of East Asia 2017 (Kyoto: Domestic candidate city)

Candidate city of Japan is Kyoto. The Culture Cities of East Asia 2017 are scheduled to be officially determined at the 8th Japan-China-ROK Culture Ministers' Meeting.

Culture City of East Asia 2016 (Nara)

Ningbo in China, Jeju Special Self-Governing Province in Korea, and Nara in Japan were selected as Culture Cities of East Asia 2016.

Culture City of East Asia 2015 (Niigata)

Qingdao in China, Cheongju in Korea, and Niigata in Japan were selected as Culture Cities of East Asia 2015.

Culture City of East Asia 2014 (Yokohama)

Quanzhou in China, Gwangju Metropolitan City in Korea, and Yokohama in Japan were selected as Culture Cities of East Asia 2014.

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