Art Curator Japan
Art Curator Japan was founded in 2016 by curator Naoko Mikami with the objective of promoting Japanese art and foreign artists influenced by Japanese culture to a wider audience.
Naoko graduated in Japanese literature from Nihon University, Tokyo. Deeply influenced by her grandmother who was a tanka (poetry) writer, Naoko devoted her studies to classical literature. She especially focused on ancient scrolls like the Man’yoshu, the Kojiki, the Tale of Genji, etc. Having also a keen interest in traditional culture and modern Japanese art, she decided to merge her knowledge and her passions into the Art Curator Japan project.
Japanese people often define their culture as a dynamic opposition between tradition and modernity, rural life and city life. As a curator I could not foster the status quo, I had to break the equilibrium and pick a side : I chose the city, the modernity, the hub of human knowledge and experience.