Our 2023 dream: a Japanese Cultural Centre in Utrecht

In the heart of the picturesque city of Utrecht, we dream of a vibrant hub of Japanese culture and traditions – a Japanese Cultural Centre that would serve as a beacon for those seeking to learn more about the Land of the Rising Sun.

Japan House London is one of our greatest inspirations

Do you dream with us? Then close your eyes and picture this…

As the sun sets over the picturesque city of Utrecht, the Japanese Cultural Centre glows with the vibrant colors of the rising sun. Nestled in the heart of the bustling city, the Centre is a beacon of Japanese culture, inviting visitors to explore the rich traditions and customs of the Land of the Rising Sun.

Inside, the Centre is a bustling hub of activity, with visitors of all ages and backgrounds coming together to learn about Japanese history, art, and culture. The Centre boasts a wide array of exhibitions, workshops, and events, all designed to promote a greater understanding and appreciation of Japanese culture.

From the delicate elegance of the Centre’s traditional Japanese gardens to the lively performances of Japanese music and dance, the Japanese Cultural Centre Utrecht is a truly unique and unforgettable experience. Whether you’re a long-time fan of Japanese culture, or simply looking to learn more, the Centre is a must-visit destination in Utrecht.

The Japanese Garden in San Francisco, picture by Ege Güngör

Our vision for the Centre is one of inclusivity and accessibility, with a wide range of exhibitions, workshops, and events that cater to people of all ages and backgrounds. From traditional Japanese gardens and tea ceremonies, to contemporary art and music performances, the Centre would offer something for everyone.

But the Japanese Cultural Centre would be more than just a place to learn about Japanese culture – it would also serve as a space for the local Japanese community to come together and celebrate their shared heritage. With dedicated meeting rooms and event spaces, the Centre would provide a much needed gathering place for the community, fostering a sense of belonging and connection.

In the coming years, we hope to make this dream a reality, and bring a piece of Japan to the heart of Utrecht. Join us on this journey! You can support us by liking Japans Cultureel Centrum on Facebook and by donating to our crowdfunding.

Of course we would start small, by using an empty building as a gallery, like in this picture by Tanya Pro.

Read more about this dream of establishing our own Japanese Art & Culture Centre in Utrecht.

Japan Fans - Japanese Arts & Culture from the Centre of Utrecht
Japan Fans – Japanese Arts & Culture from the Centre of Utrecht