Japan and its Culture

Japanese culture is a fascinating blend of ancient traditions and modernity, steeped in a rich heritage that dates back thousands of years. One of the hallmarks of Japanese culture is its art, which includes intricate calligraphy, painting, pottery, and sculpture. Another defining aspect of Japanese culture is its cuisine, which is celebrated for its fresh ingredients, delicate flavors, and intricate presentation. From sushi to ramen, Japanese food is renowned worldwide for its variety and taste. Japanese culture is also famous for its martial arts, such as judo, karate, and kendo, which reflect the discipline and honor that are an integral part of life in Japan. Furthermore, Japanese tea ceremonies are an elegant and meaningful aspect of Japanese culture, representing a serene and meditative way of life. Overall, Japan's unique culture remains one of its most fascinating aspects and continues to captivate people from all around the world.

The Embassy of Japan in Trinidad and Tobago Activities

Upcoming Events
Jiutamai” is one of the most elegant of Japanese classical dances.
An unusual art form born in Kyoto in the 19th century during the Edo era, it was originally developed as a hobby for women to improve etiquette and behaviour as well as a form of exercise. Later, it evolved as the dances were performed in more intimate settings where the audience was able to view the performances close up, allowing viewers and performers to share the spirit of the moment.
The performances and workshop are in collaboration with the Centre for Language learning (CLL), the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus, Queen’s Hall and the San Fernando Arts Council.
  • Tuesday 30 April – the Centre for Language learning (CLL), the University of the West Indies, St. Augustine Campus
  • Friday 3 May – Queen’s Hall, St. Ann’s, Port of Spain
  • Saturday 4 May – Creative Arts Centre, 97C Circular Road, Mon Repos, San Fernando

*** Open to the Public
*** Limited seating will be available (first come, first serve basis)
*** Free Entry – Ticket Required
*** Ticket collection at the Centre for Language Learning, Queen’s Hall and Creative Arts Centre, San Fernando


MEXT (MONBU-KAGAKU-SHO) Scholarship Programme

The Government of Japan (MEXT: Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, also known as MEXT, Monbu-Kagaku-Shō, is one of the eleven Ministries of Japan.) offers scholarships to foreign students who desire to study at Japanese universities as postgraduate / research students every academic year. Successful applicants receive round-trip airfare, exemption from school fees and a monthly allowance. Nationals of Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, Guyana, Suriname, St. Vincent & the Grenadines and Trinidad & Tobago are all eligible to apply in the current fiscal year for this prestigious scholarship. 

The Application Period for the Japanese Government (Monbukagakusho: MEXT) Scholarship Programme 2025 is OPEN!

Click here for more information on the MEXT Scholarship Programme



If you are interested in studying in Japan, you can visit the following website. This site offers comprehensive information for prospective students, both within Japan and Internationally.  

STUDY IN JAPAN is an essential guide for international students considering study in Japan

Click here for more information on Studying in Japan

The Japanese Education System

The Education Order of 1872 resulted in the first Modern School system being established in Japan. This system modeled European Education systems. In 1947, Educational reforms occurred. The Fundamental Law of Education emerged from the reform, which addressed new aims of the reformed educational system: to contribute towards the peace and welfare of society, to holistically develop the person, and to engender a love for truth and justice among the student population. Declarations of Academic Freedom, equal opportunity and coeducation are key principles of the system. 

Click here for more information on the Japanese Eduction System



JET (Japan Exchange & Teaching) Programme

This programme enables local authorities to employ foreign youth as Assistant English Language Teachers (ALT’s) for Japanese students from Elementary to High School Level. The Programme began in 1987 with cooperation from governments of participating countries. Since then, over 70,000 people from 75 countries have participated in the Programme, making it one of the largest cultural exchange programs in the world! In addition to being proficient in the English language, prospective ALT’s should be interested in Japan’s rich culture, and should also be willing to promote international exchange at the community level. Nationals of Trinidad & Tobago are eligible to apply for this program.

Application open every year.

If you are interested in finding out more about this exciting opportunity, please click this links :
The Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme
JET Participants Reports from JAPAN

Embassy's Series

The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Pregramme Series, the Monbu-Kagaku-Sho (MEXT) Scholarship Program Series and the Friends of Japan Series was started in 2018 as a way to help promote Japan in the region. It is our hope that the contributing pieces written by participants (past and present) on the various exchanges that the Embassy covers, will shed some light into Japan, Japanese Culture and Japan's initiatives to the public and the Caribbean region at large. The Series is used to connect participants on the programmes with family and friends who are interested in reading about their journey and experience while in Japan. It also aids with the promotion of the programmes to individuals who are interested in applying. It helps to build our outreach base and show the influence of the JETs, Scholars and Friends of Japan.
There is no compensation for the contributing piece, as it is purely voluntary. Each piece is about 3 - 4 paragraphs.
The series pieces are posted on the Embassy's Facebook page, Instagram account and the Embassy’s Website.

1. JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) Programme Series - Participants Reports from JAPAN

2. MEXT (MONBU-KAGAKU-SHO) Scholarship Programme Series

3. Friends of Japan Series

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