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 Despite the firm standing prints have established as a progressive media of contemporary art, nation-wide exhibitions have been concentrated in the Tokyo area and for quite a while Western Japan did not have the opportunity to enjoy them. Recent years saw a lamentable decline in activity among art printmakers of Western Japan. Out of concern for this state of affairs, in the spring of 2000, members of the Japan Print Association living in the Western Japan (from Kyoto to Kyushu) gathered to organize a Kyoto Print Exhibition Executive Committee with the dual purpose of revitalizing the print world and of nurturing young artists.
 This committee is aimed at enlivening and developing the print world in West Japan, which includes Kansai, Hokuriku, Chugoku, Kyushu, and Okinawa.  With the purpose of encouraging new members and young artists, it mounts traveling exhibitions featuring international exchange and works of the Japan Print Association members. These are shown first in Kyoto and then in other venues. In addition it holds lectures and workshops and publishes catalogues of the exhibitions.  

 The committee mounted its first exhibition “KYOTO Hanga 2000” in the autumn of the year 2000. This featured independent print artists active in the Kansai area and was held at the Kyoto City Art Museum.
 The exhibition then adopted the form of a biennial held once every two years.  It was conceived of as a large-scale international print exhibition drawing mostly on print artists from Western Japan, but including also prints from around country, and at the same time introducing works of artists from abroad.
 Over the last eight years the Committee planned four international exhibitions, first with China in 2001, then Bulgaria in 2003, Thailand in 2005, and the United States in 2008. Each has had a strong impact, breathing fresh air into the West Japan print world. Visitors numbered over 3000 each time, the exhibitions being held not only in Kyoto, but also traveling to Shikoku and Kyushu.
 We intend to continue this activity in future.