School Visits 2009
Grand Prize 2009: Augustin BERQUE
- September 18, 2009
- Shuyukan High School
- About 800 students
Prof. Berque began his talk to the assembled rst- and second-year students by describing his initial encounter with Japan,then discussed how the book Fudo by Japanese philosopher Watsuji Tetsuro dened the direction of his future research, and intro-duced his research since, punctuated with anecdotes of his experiences in Japan and reminiscences. He mentioned the Japanese farmers who moved to Hokkaido in the pioneering era, and succeeded in rice agriculture there, citing them as an example of how fudo is not merely the physical environment of the locale, but how the environment is shaped and dened through its human inhabitants. He lamented the fact that fudo is being lost to standardization in Japan and the other industrialized nations, stressing the importance of preserving fudo while adopting the good aspects of the world. The students in the audience were exhorted to re-examine their own understandings of Japanese fudo. Prof. Berque met with seven student representatives for a discussion session after the talk. He answered their questions in depth, often drawing laughter for a relaxing and enjoyable session.
Academic Prize 2009: Partha CHATTERJEE
- September 18, 2009
- Seinan Gakuin High School
- 450 third-year students
450 third-year students from the Seinan Gakuin High School packed the chapel there for an extracurricular talk that lasted about 50 minutes.
Prof. Chatterjee began by mentioning that he had wanted to be a soccer player when he was young, and that he had studied history and politics at a university in America, as well as describing the deplorable condition of his homeland at that time.
He pointed out the differences between the history and economic development of India, which had been under British rule for two centuries, and those of Japan, which had never been ruled by another nation.He stressed the importance of examining issues with a critical eye, always remaining aware that what is visible is not the reality, advising students to unearth what lies behind it all, and to question the apparent paths to the future. He punctuated his talk with questions directed to the somewhat tense students, such as“Who likes history?” “What era do you think is the most interesting”and “Who wants to become a historian?” He closed his talk by expressing the joy and significance he felt in the study of history.
Arts and Culture Prize 2009: MIKI Minoru
- Semtemper 18, 2009
- Hakozaki Seisho Junior High School
- About 450 students
Mr. Miki attended a performance at the Hakozaki Seisho Junior High School, known for its active koto (Japanese zither) club, participating in a lively musical interchange.
He introduced his own feelings about the selected pieces, and presented four of his own compositions, including the children’ s song “Nohara Uta,” with female opera singer Ruri Usami and pianist Shoko Yanaizu. About 450 students listened raptly to the performance.
In appreciation, 20 students of the club performed a musical piece, “Sekijun.” He praised the interwoven harmonies of the 20 kotos played in unison as “a splendid performance, with the players perfectly attuned to one another.”
After the performance, Mr. Miki spoke about the development of a new Koto suitable to modern music, his feeling about composing, as well as answering questions from the students with smiles.When asked what was most important when composing for opera, he stressed that opera is a comprehensive artistic performance, combining song, musical performance and theater, and composers needed to study a wide range of elements to be able to compose expressive music.
Arts and Culture Prize 2009: CAI Guo-Qiang
In front of Mr. CAI Guo-Qiang which is a world-famous artist, eggs of five artists going to the graduate school of Fukuoka perform one's own presentation and hold an event to have you advise it. It became the special plan that served as a culture salon and a school visit.
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