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El Instituto Cervantes de Tokio
El Instituto Cervantes de Tokio

Cervantes Bldg. 2-9 Rokubancho, Chiyoda-ku,
Tokyo 102-0085 Japan
Phone: +81-3-5210-1800
Fax: +81-3-5210-1811

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El Instituto Cervantes de Tokio 
This is the Tokyo branch of Spain’s nationally run Instituto Cervantes, an organization founded in 1991 with the King of Spain serves as the Institute’s Chairman and dedicated to the spread and research of Spanish, a language is spoken by about 400 million people in 20 some countries around the world today, as well as introducing the culture of the Spanish cultural sphere, including Spain and the Spanish-speaking countries of Latin America. The Tokyo branch began operations in September 2007.

The Instituto Cervantes are located in Madrid and in Cervantes’ birthplace, Alcalá de Henares (Madrid State), and in 2004 the first printing a new 400th anniversary commemorative edition of Don Quixote was published. All the international branches of the Institute have begun Spanish courses and implemented the first official certification system for Spanish language ability, DELE. Efforts are also being focused on information supply and a Cervantes Virtual Center website (CVC/Centro Virtual Cervantes) ( is online supplying extensive information regarding documents, cultural activities, language and forums has gone online and is currently accessed by some 1.5 million visitors a month from about 100 countries.

Of more than 70 branches on four continents, the Tokyo branch operates on the largest scale, with a hall that can seat approximately 200, 19 classrooms, two exhibit rooms and the Federico Garcia Lorca Library with approximately 7,000 books and a tape and film archive.

With the cooperation of the Gracián Foundation (an organization providing funding for research and cultural activities related to Spain and the Spanish cultural sphere) and the Spanish Embassy, the Tokyo branch is active in the promotion of contemporary Spanish culture, including the performing arts. It is also actively involved in introducing the culture of other countries in the Spanish cultural sphere in cooperation with the embassies of the Latin American countries.

In 2008, El Instituto Cervantes de Tokio’s programs in the performing arts included a discussion event with Nacho Duato, a round-table “Interferencia” (a project exploring the possibilities of new artistic expression combining performing arts, contemporary dance, music and the visual arts), a workshop for children titled “Tu! Anima’t, fem teatre (Let’s play on the theater stage!)” and performances of the Provisional Danza production Nadie (choreographed by Alejandro Morata) and Bajo la campana del vacío (choreographed by Carmen Werner).