The Culture and Information Centre


The Culture and Information Centre

The Culture and Information Centre at the Embassy of Japan aims to provide a comprehensive information service on Japan and to promote Japanese Culture in South Africa.

We handle enquiries on all aspects on Japan, Japanese Culture and Japanese facilities in South Africa.

Enquiries can be made by telephone, letter, fax or email. If we are unable to deal with your query directly, we will be happy to put you in touch with other organisations that maybe able to help.

Our Centre

In the Culture and Information Centre, Embassy of Japan you can find a broad collection of books on Japan, most of which can be borrowed.

There are books (both in Japanese and English) on various aspects of Japan, such as History, Economy, Religion, Literature, Architecture, Education and Culture and Society. We also have a broad collection of Japanese magazines and newspapers such as Oricon Style magazine, and Yomiuri and Mainichi newspapers.

As a means for introducing Japanese culture, life and society to the public, the Centre screens videos on a daily basis on Japan topics and Japanese films with English subtitles. For information on the videos that are screened please do not hesitate to contact us.

Opening hours: Monday to Friday (Except for Embassy holidays)  09:00~12:30, 14:00~16:00
*Please make an appointment by contacting:

Loan items

Besides books, magazines and newspapers, the Culture and Information Centre, Embassy of Japan can provide many other materials such as:
  • Flags
  • Posters
  • Happi coats
  • Yukatas (includes a belt and sandals - similar to a Kimono)
  • Paper Lanterns
  • Japanese Paper dolls
  • Koi no bori (Carp streamers)
  • Posters
  • Traditional Toys
If you would like to borrow these materials for an event, presentation of for educational purposes, please contact the Embassy to make an appointment.