Welcome to Toshima! Cultural City of East Asia 2019
The Culture City of East Asia project is an initiative of Japan, China, and the ROK based on the agreement of the ministers of culture of the respective governments. Cities working towards the development through culture and arts are selected from among the three countries, and numerous cultural and artistic events are held accordingly in the areas of modern and traditional culture and arts as well as the diverse culture of daily life. The project aims to promote the formation of mutual understanding and a sense of solidarity in the East Asia region while strengthening the ability to promote the diverse cultures of East Asia to the world.
Cities selected as a Culture City of East Asia also leverage their unique cultural characteristics as an opportunity to strive towards continuous development by promoting the invigoration of culture and the arts, creative industries, and tourism through this project.
As part of the Culture City of East Asia 2019 Toshima project, Special, Partnership and Friendship Projects will be held across the three pillars of Performing Arts, Manga & Anime, and Traditional Performance.
General Directors and Program Directors will be assigned to the event as a whole. Division managers will be responsible for the Performing Arts, Anime & Manga Divisions, and Traditional Performance Division and will develop engaging events, including new projects, youth culture exchange projects, and various symposiums.
Besides this, the festivities that have been held across the city as a whole will come together to make a year of celebration.
A logo is created to serve as a symbol each year by each host city for the Culture City of East Asia project in Japan, China, and the ROK. A survey was carried out for the Culture City of East Asia 2019 Toshima project in which respondents were asked to vote on one of three candidate logos, and the final logo was selected after receiving votes from over 20,000 public respondents. The survey was carried out to cultivate a sense of solidarity with open participation to everyone.
The logo expresses the unity and vitality of the three participating countries using a motif based on the T in Toshima. The colorful lines represent the diverse culture, arts, and nationalities, and the knot styled after the traditional Japanese weaving craft called kumihimo represents bonds and unity. Furthermore, the three sets of lines which extend from the central knot represent the power of life, full of energy and vitality.
Immerse yourself in thrilling, lively culture.
“Culture” refers to the diversity of culture, and the combination of “thrilling and lively” emphasizes the sense of excitement. This concept was created in the hopes that the Culture City of East Asia 2019 Toshima project is an enjoyable and exciting experience for all people.
This city has the highest population density in Japan. Ten percent of the population are foreign residents, and the majority of these are Chinese and Korean. A variety of cultures are rooted in the city, including the long-established theater, manga and anime, and traditional performing art cultures. Toshima aspires to becoming an “International City of Arts & Culture,” flourishing as a “theater city” with the entire city as the stage, and where anyone can play the leading role.
Population: Approx. 290,000 people
Area: 13 k㎡
Xi’an is the center of politics, economics, and culture of the northwest of China. This city prospered as the beginnings of the Silk Road in the east, and was formerly known as Chang’an. It has been the capital of 12 dynasties, including the Qin, Han, Sui, and T’ang, over a period of around 2000 years from the eleventh century BC. In the third century BC, the first Qin emperor’s legacies of the Great Wall of China, his magnificent grave, and the Terracotta Army that guard his grave; these are now Xi’an’s greatest historical heritage.
Population: Approx. 8.25 million people
Area: 10,108 k㎡
Incheon is one of the most famous Korean harbor cities, which is in the north-western part of South Korea on the Yellow Sea. The city has developed and prospered as an international trading port, and is noteworthy as the new doorway to the Korean airways via Incheon International Airport, opened in 2001, a transport hub for northeast Asia, and a city centered around international distribution. It has the third largest population in the country after Seoul and Busan.
Population: Approx. 3.02 million people
Area: 1,063 k㎡