On the occasion of the 160th anniversary of diplomatic relations between France and Japan in 2018, the two countries announced in 2016 the organization in France of a series of cultural events on the theme "Japonisms 2018: souls in resonance". Rooted in the tradition of Franco-Japanese cultural relations inherited from the 19th century, this initiative highlights the exceptional partnership that unites France and Japan.

«Japonisms 2018: Souls in Resonance» is a major event that will take place from July 2018 to February 2019. It will be the occasion of major exhibitions and artistic demonstrations that will be deployed throughout France and will showcase the richness of Japanese culture, traditional and contemporary.

Françoise Nyssen stressed ' The infinity of our cultural ties – which shaped the history, tastes and projections of our two countries – was born of a common desire for openness. (…) The deep friendship between peoples, the common projects carried by our artists, researchers, students and entrepreneurs will always be stronger than the spirit of division ».