Art + Culture

文化庁 Bunka-cho

文化庁(ぶんかちょう、英: Agency for Cultural Affairs)は、日本の行政機関のひとつ。所在地は京都府京都市上京区。文化に関する施策の推進、国際文化交流の振興、博物館による社会教育の振興、宗教に関する行政事務を所管する文部科学省の外局である。 The Agency for Cultural Affairs (Japanese: 文化庁, Hepburn: Bunka-chō) is a special body of the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). It was set up in 1968 to promote Japanese arts and culture. The agency’s budget for FY 2018 rose to ¥107.7 billion. A number of institutions come under the aegis of the Agency for Cultural Affairs: the national museums of Japanese and Asian art in Tokyo, Kyoto, Nara, Osaka and Fukuoka, the cultural properties research institutes at Tokyo and Nara, and the national theaters. During the 1980s, the National Noh Theatre and the National Bunraku Theater were constructed by the government. The agency is based in the Kamigyo Ward of Kyoto. Main parts of the agency moved to Kyoto in 2023, while other parts remained in Tokyo.