Kochi Sukiyaki is an international arts festival to be held each August in Kochi City, Kochi Prefecture, Japan.

Kochi Sukiyaki is a showcase of heritage and cultural depth. A platform upon which artists from around the world, as well as local and Japanese artists, can unite and collaborate to promote dialogue and creativity, and cultivate global camaraderie, goodwill, and progress.

As part of its inaugural year, all the Kochi Sukiyaki events are free, thereby encouraging as many people as possible to attend and enjoy new cultural experiences.

Kochi Sukiyaki also aspires to create awareness for Kochi, its natural beauty, unique culture, products, and ultimately foster its community spirit, boost the local economy, and establish the festival as a destination event that will attract visitors internationally and from all over Japan. To learn more about Kochi, please visit:

Regarding the origins of the festival name: Unrelated, “sukiyaki” is a popular Japanese dish. However, “suki” in Japanese means “to like”. In Tosa-ben, the local Kochi dialect, “sukiyaki” means “Because I like”. The resulting compound – Kochi Sukiyaki – means “Because I like Kochi”….

‘Sukiyaki’ is also the alternate English title for the 1963 international hit song ‘Ue o Muite Aruko’ which generated a lot of overseas interest in Japan. This song was the inspiration for the name of the festival Sukiyaki Meets the World – the organizers wished to share the world with Japan.

Held annually in Nanto City, Toyama Prefecture, Sukiyaki Meets the World is now in its 27th year, and is the largest and most prestigious world music festival in Japan. The festival expanded their network with Sukiyaki Tokyo in 2011, Sukiyaki Okinawa in 2015, and Sukiyaki Nagoya in 2016. Kochi Sukiyaki is proud to be a new addition to their network in 2017. For more information about Sukiyaki Meets the World, please visit their website:

Kochi Sukiyaki is organized by the Kochi Sukiyaki Executive Committee and produced by label mondial.

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