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 ROK. 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 Culture 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 Asia2020 (Kitakyusyu)

Kitakyusyu was selected as Culture City of East Asia 2020. Candidate cities of China and ROK are to be determined.

Culture City of East Asia2019 (Toshima)

Incheon Metropolitan City in ROK, and Toshima in Japan were selected as Culture Cities of East Asia 2019. Candidate city of China is to be determined.

Culture City of East Asia2018 (Kanazawa)

Harbin in China,Busan Metropolitan City in ROK, and Kanazawa in Japan were selected as Culture Cities of East Asia 2018.

Culture City of East Asia2017 (Kyoto)

Changsha in China,Daegu Metropolitan City in ROK, and Kyoto in Japan were selected as Culture Cities of East Asia 2017.

Culture City of East Asia 2016 (Nara)

Ningbo in China, Jeju Special Self-Governing Province in ROK, 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 ROK, 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 ROK, and Yokohama in Japan were selected as Culture Cities of East Asia 2014.

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