Japonismes 2018: Paris, in Japanese Colours

To celebrate the anniversary of Franco-Japanese friendship, Paris is paying tribute to Japanese culture.

2018 marks the 160th anniversary of diplomatic relations between France and Japan. To celebrate the occasion, Paris is paying tribute to the creativity of the Land of the Rising Sun, offering some one hundred events dedicated to Japanese culture, brought together under the title of ‘Japonismes’: exhibitions, performance arts, shows, etc. Discover the highlights of this special event!

The unmissable bits: from the Palais de Tokyo to La Villette

TeamLab : Au-delà des limites - exhibition view, Grande Halle de La Villette © teamLab

Two large exhibitions at the Pompidou Centre paying tribute to Japan are among those not to miss: one dedicated to plastic artist Ryoji Ikeda, with two original installations, and another focusing on the work of renowned architect Tadao Andō.

The Palais de Tokyo is diving into an imaginary world that brings together works by some 20 international artists, such as manga artist Yūichi Yokoyama, as part of the exhibition ‘Another Banana Day for the Dream-Fish’.

In the Grande Halle de La Villette, go along to the interactive and immersive ‘TeamLab: Au-delà des limites’, where the decor in each room moves according to visitors’ actions, including an incredible digital waterfall, projected on an 11-m high wall, whose water dodges passers-by. Impressive!

Throne - Kohei Nawa © Kohei NAWA | SANDWICH Inc.

The Musée Guimet, devoted to Asian art, is paying tribute to the Meiji period (1868-1912), bringing together textile pieces, jewellery, paintings, and ceramics, and is highlighting some of the greatest artistic names in Japanese culture, such as Kawanabe Kyōsai, and Shibata Zeshin.

The Louvre Pyramid is currently home to Kohei Nawa’s floating golden Throne, an impressive 10.4-m tall installation.

And finally, fans of judo should head to the AccorHotels Arena for an exceptional Grand Slam!

Across the Paris Region 

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The event continues outside of the city itself! To celebrate this anniversary, the towns of Créteil and Gennevilliers are putting on a special programme of contemporary theatre and dance with pieces by Kaori Ito, Kurō Tanino, Shū Matsui, and rising star Hideto Iwaï.

The Domaine National de Saint-Cloud is dedicating its annual fireworks display to Japan, and on 13 and 14 September the Eiffel Tower will sparkle red instead of white to represent the rising sun.

Japonismes 2018 major events :


from 17 October 2018 to 14 January 2019
Musée national des Arts asiatiques - Guimet/MNAAG - 6 place d'Iéna, Paris

The 150th anniversary of the start of the Meiji period is being celebrated at the Musée Guimet.

Japan - Japanisms

from 15 November 2018 to 03 March 2019
MAD - Musée des Arts Décoratifs - 107 rue de Rivoli, Paris

A rich collection of Japanese art is being shown at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs.

Manga ⇔ Tokyo

from 29 November 2018 to 30 December 2018
Grande Halle de La Villette - Parc de la Villette - 211 avenue Jean Jaurès, Paris

An exhibition investigating the links between Manga and the city of Tokyo.


from 16 January 2019 to 16 March 2019
Maison de la culture du Japon à Paris - 101 bis quai Branly, Paris

Tsuguharu Foujita's work gets its first large retrospective in France

Yu-ichi Inoue or the art of calligraphy

from 14 July 2018 to 17 December 2018
Maison de la culture du Japon à Paris - 101 bis quai Branly, Paris

A tribute to calligraphy at the Maison de la Culture du Japon, with the delicate skills of Yu-ichi.


from 17 October 2018 to 08 December 2018
Maison de la culture du Japon à Paris - 101 bis quai Branly, Paris

The Jômon civilization is in the spotlight, ten years after the successful exhibition organized by the Japan Foundation.