Culture and Education

The Consulate-General of Japan in Nashville co-hosts and supports a variety of cultural programs throughout our five-state area (Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Tennessee). These programs include Japanese festivals, Japan-focused seminars, Japanese language speech contests, hosting travelling Japanese exhibitions, artists, and performers, and much more. Note that due to COVID-19, many events may have moved to a virtual format.

Social Media Outreach
The Consulate-General of Japan in Nashville maintains two social media pages in order to keep followers informed about Japanese culture as well as local happenings. Our Facebook Page shares cultural information, upcoming events, official announcements, and activities of related organizations. Our Instagram Page shares Japanese culture through photos, personal communications from the Consul General, and more. Please follow both pages to stay up-to-date on happenings in our five-state region!
The Consulate's mascot, Nash-chan, is a hot chicken representing the spirit of Music City and Japan who loves to travel in our five-state region.
Nash-chan was created in 2021 by JET Program alumni Ting-Yu Chen.

Cultural Events

1. Annual Cultural Events

The following list includes annual Japan-themed cultural events that are co-hosted by the Consulate-General of Japan in Nashville.

A. Tennessee

Moon Viewing Festival : (Fall) This annual event is held in partnership with Cheekwood Estate & Gardens. Please join us to enjoy an afternoon and evening full of Japanese cultural activities and much more in the beautiful gardens of Cheekwood!

Memphis Japan Fest (Fall): Co-hosted with the Japan-America Society of Tennessee, Inc. (JAST) and the Memphis Botanic Garden, come celebrate Japanese culture in Memphis!

Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival (Second Saturday in April): The Nashville Cherry Blossom Festival (co-hosted with JAST and the Metro Government of Nashville and Davidson County) is the biggest Japanese festival in the Southeast U.S. Please mark your calendar and stay tuned for updates.


B. Kentucky

Lexington Japan Summer Festival (Late Summer): Please join us to celebrate Japanese culture co-hosted with the Japan/America Society of Kentucky.


C. Louisiana

New Orleans Japan Fest (October): Co-hosted with the New Orleans Japan Club and the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA), come and enjoy various aspects of Japanese culture (both traditional and contemporary) and NOMA exhibitions.


D. Mississippi

North Mississippi Cherry Blossom Festival (Late March): Our partnership continues to blossom in North Mississippi with the Cherry Blossom Festival (co-hosted by the City of Tupelo, Lee County, and the Japan-America Society of Mississippi). Please stay tuned for updates.


2. Speech Contests

We work with universities and Japanese language teachers in our five-state area to support Japanese speech contests, including those held at and/or in cooperation with the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, University of Memphis, the South Central Association of Teachers of Japanese, and the Kentucky Area Japanese Language Teachers.

Cultural Materials

Japanese Cultural Materials

The Consulate-General of Japan in Nashville is happy to work together with schools, universities, Japan-related organizations, etc. by lending Japanese cultural items (such as yukata, happi coats, Japanese toys, etc.) and providing free printed materials or simply giving useful tips and advice. Please click here to see more details, including a full list of cultural materials available for lending. 

Cultural Exchange and Grants

1. Japan Foundation Grants

The Japan Foundation is an independent administrative institution whose objective is to promote international cultural exchange and mutual understanding between Japan and other countries in the following three categories: (1) Arts and Cultural Exchange; (2) Japanese Language Education Overseas; and (3) Japanese Studies and Intellectual Exchange.

The Japan Foundation has various types of grants related to Arts & Cultural Exchange, Japanese Studies, and Japanese Language Education available to promote and encourage international cultural exchange. Application deadline and qualifications differ for each category of grants. Please check the Japan Foundation’s website for details.

  2. Center for Global Partnership (CGP)

The Center for Global Partnership (CGP) was established within the Japan Foundation in 1991 with an objective to achieve closer U.S.-Japan partnership and to cultivate the next generation of public intellectuals necessary to sustain this partnership. The CGP focuses its operations on the promotion of intellectual exchange and mutual understanding at the regional and grass-roots level.

Contact Information

If you (or your community organization) are interested in receiving an email newsletter from our office on upcoming events or would like to learn more about cultural materials,  please contact us at:

Culture and Information Section
1801 West End Avenue
Suite 900
Nashville, TN 37203
Tel: +1 (615) 340-4300
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