“Let’s Talk Art!” – Cross-cultural conversation in English while learning about modern Japanese art!

The new program of “The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo” called “Let’s Talk Art!” isn’t just a guided tour through the museum, but a cross-cultural experience. Deepen your understanding of Japanese art while chatting with the English-speaking facilitator and the other participants. Join this in-depth innovative program for an unforgettable art experience!

The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo (MOMAT)

What’s “Let’s Talk Art!” about?

In this unique program, the facilitator and participants actively exchanged opinions about the exhibited works of the museum’s collection. Communication is key. The biggest appeal of “Let’s Talk Art!” is being able to actually deepen your understanding of Japanese art that through discussing the artworks with a group of people from other cultures.

The facilitator invites the participants to look at the artwork and (later on) explains the work in fluent English.

“The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo” (MOMAT) houses a collection of more than 13,000 items focusing many Japanese masterpieces in various genres from the early 20th century to the present. The MOMAT collection gives you an insight into Japanese art over more than a century through its selection of about 200 pieces in each exhibition period.

However, during the one-hour “Let’s Talk Art!” program, the group will concentrate on only 3 works. That’s because the program really wants you to focus on the details and talk about your own impression of the artworks.

Hearing different opinions will give you insight and make you notice details you wouldn’t have realized yourself.

There is no “incorrect” or “wrong” opinion

At first, the participants look at a single painting or sculpture without getting any information such as the artist’s name or title of the work. Next, the group talks freely about what everyone noticed or felt. Just listening to the opinions of others will deepen your understanding and broaden your perspective.

The facilitator, like a host of a TV show, asks the participants questions while leading them through the program. Finally, all information about the work and its background are revealed.

Another great thing about the program is, that you can directly ask questions (in English!).

When I looked at the artworks together with other people, I had a lot of new discoveries. Thanks to the explanation of the facilitator, I was able to deepen my understanding of Japanese art history and Japanese artists, and I found myself wanting to learn more. Also, I thought I should take more time to look at art and really get into the details instead of rushing through the exhibition…

“Let’s Talk Art!” is recommended for people who enjoy the interaction with other people, those who want to deepen their understanding of Japanese art, and those who don’t like going to museums just to look at the pieces alone. Participate in the cross-cultural exchange art – an experience that can be made only at the MOMAT!

All participants will be presented with a postcard of the works of the collection they viewed together. What a nice souvenir!

“Let’s Talk Art!”

The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo


Every Friday 6:30 PM–7:30 PM (meeting time 6:15 PM)

  • Pre-registration necessary
  • Up to 6 people

Participation Fee (including museum admission)

  • Adult (18–64) 1,500 yen

Discount with ID below (Show your ID)

  • College student 1,250 yen
  • Senior (65+) or Minor (11–17) 1,000 yen

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