This page introduces columns about art and culture from various viewpoints by Arts Council Board members, professionals in the field, etc.


Art in the Face of COVID-19 – Australia

Julia Yonetani

History moves slowly, then all at once, and we are all swept up in its tide.


USA: Changes Wrought by the Pandemic, Changes Progressing Despite the Pandemic

Kosuke Fujitaka

On March 4, 2020, the VIP preview of New York’s foremost art fair, the Armory Show, took place much as it had in previous years.



Our way of life has been transformed by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic that began in 2020.You could say that the social impact of coronavirus has been particularly significant because it relates to the most fundamental aspect of everybody life: communication. In other words because it is a virus that spreads through the process of meeting people and conveying something to them.


Tokyo – Coronavirus, Year One

Tadasu Takamine

I’m an artist and an instructor at an art university. Incidentally, I’m also a husband and father. At the end of March last year I moved to Tokyo from Akita, and along with this major change in my living environment, I started teaching at a new university. In other words, I moved here just when the coronavirus was starting to spread in Japan.


Creating for the stage under COVID-19

Kako Yamaguchi

Advanced Choreography vol. 2, an experiment in creating contemporary dance by computer-sampling dancers’ movements, was held on January 9 and 10, 2021 at Koto-ku’s Civic Center Hall (Toyosu Cultural Center).


A dystopian future and well-being

Ai Hasegawa

Whenever I hear about well-being, I always remember this passage about the word “flourish” in an article I read by Dominique Chen.


A world we can envisage through the pictorializing of listening

Junko Shimizu

Oftentimes something I can’t put my finger on bugs me all day.


The future of arts and culture-driven well-being

Dominique Chen

Series: The future of arts and culture-driven well-being “Well-being” refers to ...


The film industry under COVID-19

Shozo Ichiyama

COVID-19 has had a massive impact on the film industry as well as other sectors. The first thing to be directly affected has been movie theaters. Almost all theaters nationwide were closed when a national state of emergency was declared on April 16. With audiences simply staring at a screen, movie theaters ought to carry less risk of infection than going to the theater or a music concert. But given the risk of spending several hours with strangers who may be infected, the closure of movie theaters was probably unavoidable.


For all the kani kamaboko (fake crabmeat) of the COVID-19 crisis:
The Association for Studies of Culture and Representation Symposium “Culture and Expression under the COVID-19 Crisis”

Takeshi Kadobayashi

As part of The Association for Studies of Culture and Representation’s online research forum 2020, a symposium entitled “Culture and Expression under the COVID-19 Crisis” was held on August 7, 2020.