True Colors Festival

True Colors Festival (TCF) presented by The Nippon Foundation is a series of performing arts events presented across geographies, in celebration of diversity and inclusion as “One World One Family.”

Through festivals since 2006 in Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Singapore, and Japan, TCF has presented more than 1,100 performing artists from more than 30 countries and attracted more than 40,000 people.

The re-start of TCF 2020/2021 marks its commitment to tap on the power of the arts to connect artists and audiences in experiences such as music videos, film screenings, children’s programs, musicals, concerts, and workshops.



Event Title True Colors Festival
Period from September 2019
Location Various location in Tokyo
Presenter The Nippon Foundation
Co-organizer The Nippon Foundation DIVERSITY IN THE ARTS

3 features of the True Colors Festival


    Participants will have a chance to interact with each other and the artists to enrich their experience moving beyond a passive member of the audience.


    Our academy, workshop, and volunteer program will provide various opportunities to learn about diversity.


    We will create spaces that are accessible to everyone and events that are enjoyable regardless of one’s ability.


  • RYUCHELL's photo


    TV personality and artist, born on September 29, 1995 in Okinawa, Japan. Having felt that he was not fulfilling the so-called “normal” male image, he lived through an uncomfortable period of his life as a student. After graduating from high school, he decided to move to Harajuku, a city where all individualities are accepted, and express his true self. After appearing on TV variety shows, his free-spirited character propelled him into a nationwide celebrity, and in 2018, he began his career in music with the theme, “Let’s bring our true colors back”. In July 2018, he and his wife, Peko, had their first child, and the couple has gained recognition for their collaborative approach to raising their baby. In September 2018, he was appointed as the official “Shibuya Diversity Evangelist” by the Mayor of Shibuya City. RYUCHELL continues to spread his message of living life to the fullest through his speech, music, makeup and fashion through the media, his Youtube channel and other SNS platforms.
    RYUCHELL Official Website: https://ryuchell.com/

  • Hirotada Ototake's photo

    Hirotada Ototake

    Born in 1976 in Tokyo, Japan. Due to a congenital limb deficiency, he has lived with an electric wheelchair since he was a child. While a student at Waseda University, he wrote the best-seller “Gotai Fumanzoku (No One’s Perfect)” [Kodansha], which sold over 6 million copies. Since graduating, he has worked as a sportswriter, elementary school teacher, and member of the Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education. He has traveled to more than 80 countries. He is currently working on a project to walk with state-of-the-art prosthetic legs. His books include “Daijoubu 3-kumi (We’re Good, Class 3)”, “Sharin no Ue (On the Wheels)” [both published by Kodansha], and “Oto Kotoba.(Oto Words. )” [Bungei Shunju].
    Ototake Hirotada Official Website: http://ototake.com/

Advisory Members

  • Asako Hirokawa's photo

    Asako Hirokawa

    Chief Director of NPO TA-net, Researcher at Kumagaya Laboratory RCAST The University of Tokyo, Hearing Impaired

    In 2012, Hirokawa founded Theater Accessibility Network. In 2017, she won the New Artist Award from the Japanese Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. Since 2018, she is a researcher in the field of Tojisha Kenkyu at the The Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, The University of Tokyo where she researches on how to support the viewing of theater. She is currently a member of Promotion of Cultural and Artistic Activities for People with Disabilities Council for the Japanese Agency of Cultural Affairs.

  • Fumino Sugiyama's photo

    Fumino Sugiyama

    Director of New Canvas Inc., Co-Director of Tokyo Rainbow Pride.

    Born in 1981 in Tokyo, Sugiyama is transgender and a former member of the Japanese National Women’s Fencing Team. After travelling through 50 nations including the North Pole with a backpack, Sugiyama encountered and learned about each region’s various social issues. He is currently a member of Shibuya City Gender Equality / Diverse Society Promotion Council.

  • Julia Olson's photo

    Julia Olson

    Financial firm employee, Wheelchair user, Actor in theater piece organized by DITA.

    Olson was born in Gifu, Japan and grew up in London, Tokyo, and California. At age 19, she faced a traumatic car accident which left her paralyzed from the neck down. After focusing on physical rehabilitation, she showed remarkable recovery. She is now based in Tokyo where she works for a global financial firm and lives with her husband. She hopes that her own experience can help eliminate prejudice against disabilities and advocates for a more inclusive mindset.

  • Kenta Hayashi's photo

    Kenta Hayashi

    Director of Experiencing Art with the Visually Impaired Workshop.

    Hayashi was born in 1973 in Tokyo. Since 1995, he has been working as a home care worker. In 2012, he founded the Experiencing Art with the Visually Impaired Workshop, and has organized workshops at museums and schools all over Japan, where the visually impaired and sighted people experience art together through words. Recent major activities include the ongoing appreciation program at the Tokyo Photographic Art Museum since 2017, and the “Kikutabi Project Yokohama Museum of Art Edition,” in which he created audio works with theater actor Masahiro Oishi .

  • Masahide Ishiki's photo

    Masahide Ishiki

    Cocktailz Director, Accessibility Consultant, person of low vision.

    Ishiki is a director of Cocktailz, an Accessibility Consultant, and a person with congenital blindness. Born in 1977 in Tokyo with visual impairment, his condition has moved daily, between low vision and total blindness, and is now approaching total blindness. He started to become interested in web accessibility around 2001, and since 2003 he has been working as a consultant with corporations, local governments, and ministries on improving accessibilities on websites. He founded Cocktailz in August 2010. While continuing his work in web accessibility, he also produces “KIMINOTE” which are easy to use stylish notebooks for children with low vision.

  • Yuji Kato's photo

    Yuji Kato

    Gay-rights Activist, Artist.

    Kato was born in 1983 in Tokyo. Between 2010 to 2017, he worked on improving campus life at International Christian University (ICU) as a staff member of the Gender Research Center and coordinated the Mitaka Gender & Sexuality Film Festival in ICU. Since 2006, he has been active under the moniker of Kumaeshi Yu. In 2016, he won the grand prize for END VIOLENCE AGAINST LGBTIQ Poster Exhibition.

Use of revenue from True Colors Festival

After the festival programs concludes in 2021, True Colors Festival will use all revenue made from ticket and merchandise sales (excluding commission to consignee)  to produce future cultural and artistic events that advocate diversity and take steps closer to our goal of a society that doesn’t leave anyone behind and supports each other. We will facilitate opportunities for artists that continue to pursue artistic expression despite various challenges in life or that fight prejudice against disabilities, gender, and race through their expression to connect and collaborate.

Our accessibility policy

True Colors Festival will take various initiatives and implement ideas to create a festival environment that is open to everyone and easy to attend. At each venue we will provide sign language translation and subtitle services for secure transfer of information and will create a comfortable space for people with all backgrounds. Additionally, we will increase the accessibility on our website and announcements so that it is easy to attain information on routes to the venue and to learn about the contents of the program.

True Colors Festival Attendant

We are looking for people to help us make a space that everyone can enjoy!

The True Colors Festival will create events that are enjoyable to everyone regardless of one’s ability. We are looking for people to help us build accessible environments leading up to the True Colors CONCERT in July 2020.
Become a festival attendant through specialized lectures and practical workshops! We are looking for people who want to gain experience and excel at the True Colors Festival.

True Colors Festival Management Structure

Senior Exective Producer Ichiro Kabasawa (Executive Director of TNF)
Executive Producer Audrey Perera (True Colours Festival 2018 Producer)
Festival Producers Toru Aoki (The Nippon Foundation)
Mariko Mori (The Nippon Foundation DIVERSITY IN THE ARTS)
The Nippon Foundation True Colors Team Toru Aoki, Ryoko Tokunaga, Ikumi Kawamata, Kimie Warabi
The Nippon Foundation DIVERSITY IN THE ARTS Mariko Mori, Takeshi Tamura, Mei Harata, Sayo Yokota




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