Other Events 2009
Grand Prize 2009: Augustin BERQUE
- September 18, 2009
- Seinan Gakuin Univesity
- About 30 participants, mostly students
Prof. Mitsumasa Wada served as coordinator for the discussion on “Fudo, Scenery and Taste: A Comparison of Living Space in Japan and France” (Fudo, Fukei, Fuga - Ikiru Kukan no Nichifutsu Hikaku),with about 30 participants, mostly students. Prof. Berque began by explaining his theory that fudo is the framework for human existence. He responded to numerous questions and opinions from the audience, pointing out dierences between the two nations in religion, culture architecture, scenery and nature, touching on future development including further heightening cultural levels to advance to the next historical phase.
A sophomore at the University commented “ It was a very signicant talk, making me realize the need to understand the interface between the environment as it is perceived by science, and by living things.”
Academic Prize 2009: Partha CHATTERJEE
- September 19, 2009
- Fukuoka Univesity
- University researcher
A discussion between Prof. Chatterjee and university researchers was held on subaltern (non-elite) politics and history, with Prof. Takenaka, Prof. Hiromu Nagashima of the University of Nagasaki and Prof. Shunzo Matsuzuka of Fukuoka University serving as commentators, and Prof. Etsuro Ishigami of Fukuoka University as moderator.
In the first half, Prof. Chatterjee introduced the birth and development of subaltern study. In the second half the commentators posed questions such as what some of the current themes of this study were, and why the relatively uncommon word ‘subaltern’was used. From the audience, questions included his comments on subaltern history from the colonial era, and the significance of political participation by lowcaste females in India. He answered each question, helping participants to more fully grasp the significance of subaltern studies.
Arts and Culture Prize 2009: MIKI Minoru
- September 19, 2009
- Solaria Nishitetsu Hotel
- Seven composers primarily based in the Kyushu, Okinawa
Seven composers primarily based in the Kyushu/ Okinawa region welcomed Mr. Miki and his wife Nanako to the salon, discussing his creative activities, Asian
music and other matters.
Miki positioned “Asia and opera” as his life’ s work, telling of his invention of the 21 stringed koto and sokyoku publishing activities in China. The establishment of Orchestra Asia, composed of traditional instruments from Japan, China and Korea, was in part a realization of his dream to create an Asian orchestra that could compete favorably with Western-style music.
The participants also engaged in an active exchange of opinions on Asian musical instruments and music halls. Toru Tamura, board member, Kyushu Composer’s Association, commented he was excited and stimulated by the salon.
Arts and Culture Prize 2009: CAI Guo-Qiang
- September 18, 2009
- Fukuoka Asian Art Museum
- Five budding artists now studying at Fukuoka University presented
Five budding artists now studying at Fukuoka University presented their work to a world-class artist for his commentary and advice.
Mr. Cai critiqued each piece at length, commenting “Art is the world of the individual artist, and sometimes the external and internal realities of the piece are totally dierent from each other. That’ s why it is so difficult to critique a work of art in front of others.”
As the nervous students showed their work via the projector, he commented on the intriguing drawings, clever designs and bold methods of expression used, even touching on the internal world of the artists hidden in their works to give the students a deeply signi cant experience. He explained that it was important to continue to enjoy artistic creation while recognizing the diculty entailed, and closed with a word of encouragement, commenting “You have already created very mature, complete works, but the real work begins from here. You must learn to show your internal worlds, to face and interact with your strong and weak points. This is where the untapped potential of Japan, and of Asia, will be found. That potential is one step deeper within you.” He explained that outstanding artists must think deeply, and express the complex in simple ways. The students listened attentively to his guidance.
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