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Event Schedule 2009

The Fukuoka Prize 2009 Award ceremony

Date
September 17, 2009 (18:20-20:00)
Venue
Fukuoka International Congress Center
MC
Eriko Kusuta

Their Imperial Highnesses Prince and Princess Akishino attended the award ceremony, joining an audience of about 1,000 citizens, foreign students and people in cultural fields in celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Prize.

The laureates were ushered in by students from Chikushi Jogakuen University, dressed in kimono. After citations and medals were presented by Mayor Hiroshi Yoshida of the Fukuoka City and Michisada Kamata, Chairman of the Yokatopia Foundation, each recipient gave a speech expressing his joy, with messages to Fukuoka citizens. Students from Fukuoka International School then handed them bouquets.

In the second part of the event, MC Eriko Kusuta talked with the laureates, filling the hall with laughter as they talked of episodes from childhood, the fascination of Japanese culture and thoughts on Asian culture. After the talk, a student at Seinan Gakuin University delivered a congratulatory message on behalf of the citizens. In closing, opera singer Ruri Usami performed Wakahime, one of Minoru Miki’s best-known works.

Public Lectures

Public Lecture by Augustin BERQUE

Title
Fudo and Japan: towards a Global Perspective
Date
September 19, 2009 (13:30-15:30)
Venue
IMS Hall
Panelist
Mr. Hideki Nozawa (Professor Emeritus, Kyushu University)
Coordinator
Mr. Yoshiaki Ishizawa (President, Sophia University)

After his keynote speech, Professor Berque presented a number of thought-provoking observations dealing with fudo, based in part on his life in Japan for fteen years, in a discussion session with Hideki Nozawa, Professor Emeritus of Kyushu University, coordinated by Yoshiaki Ishizawa, President of Sophia University.

Public Lecture by Partha CHATTERJEE

Title
Voicing the History of the Voiceless
Date
September 20, 2009 (13:00-14:30)
Venue
IMS Hall
Panelist
Mrs. Chiharu Takenaka (Professor of Rikkyo University law department)

Public Lecture by Prof.  Partha Chatterjee was held in IMS Hall on September 20, and he introduced his idea and thought on his specialized field in his lecture, talks with panelists.

Public Lecture by MIKI Minoru

Title
The Musical World of Minoru Miki
Date
September  20,  (16:00-18:30)
Date
Fukuoka Bank Hall
Interviewer
Mr. Tomoaki Fujii (International Manager of culture research institute, professor emeritus at national Museum of Mankind)

The World of Minoru Miki brought together the koto club of Chikushi Jogakuen High School, RKB Female Choir, traditional Japanese musical instrument performers and opera singers. Mr. Miki, a leader in modern Japanese music, served as the moderator for two-and-a-half hours of diverse, new and fascinating Japanese music.

Public Lecture by CAI Guo-Qiang

Title
Art : What can it do?
Date
September 16, 2009
Venue
ACROS Fukuoka Event Hall
Moderator
Mr. Masahiro Ushiroshoji (Professor, Graduate School of Humanities, Kyushu University)
Guest Speaker
Mr. Yoichi Maki (Professor, Faculty of Liberal Arts, Saitama University)
Guest Speaker
Mr. Raiji Kuroda(Director, Curatorial Section, Fukuoka Asian Art Museum)

Cai Guo-Qiang discussed the diverse potentials of art while introducing some of his works and projects that have drawn much acclaim around the world. As with his artwork, his talk also captivated the audience.