Other Events 2012
Grand Prize 2012: Vandana SHIVA
- Monday, September 10, 2012 (16:00-18:00)
- Hakozaki Campus, Kyusyu University
Dr. Shiva, the propounder of “Earth Democracy”, who stresses that all mankind and creatures are a family living together on earth, had an exciting exchange with about fifteen people, including researchers of Indian pedagogical anthropology and education history, Indian philosophy and Asian female exchange.
Dr. Shiva reported on a peaceful campaign against construction of nuclear power-generating plant and dam, as well as Indian social and agricultural changes that brought impact on her activities. As for undertakings of future, she pointed out the necessity of a shift from the society that disposes of people and resources to the earth-oriented society that cherish the weak, such as women and children. She also emphasized the significance of bringing “big concept” and “very small step” into practice. After that she answered questions from the participants followed by a lively discussion on Indian education method, way of thinking and identity of Indian women, and so on.
Academic Prize 2012: Charnvit KASETSIRI
- Saturday, September 15 (10:30-18:00)
- Lecture Room (2F), Fukuoka City Museum
Academic exchange session that was held at Fukuoka City Museum had attendance of about fifteen people, including researchers of Southeast Asia, and they reported the results of their studies on religions, nation-building, urbicide, Siamese art and so forth.
After Dr.Charnvit gave a lecture on studies of Ayutthaya, the group exchanged their opinions for interesting topics such as the comparison between the roles of Ayutthaya in maritime trade and the modern roles of Thailand as a hub for international distribution; discrepancy between modern studies of Cambodian history and Thai’s common belief based on old studies regarding whether the kings of Ayutthaya used to be viewed as deities. The session became full of feverish excitement as they discussed the recent research of Japanese history which has shed some light on “Sakoku” (closed-door policy), the foreign relations policy enacted by the Tokugawa shogunate, and it was pointed out that the term more appropriately refers to the policy would be “Kaikin” (Sea restriction) because Japan was not completely
isolated under the policy, and there existed the ongoing flow of material and information through trading.
Arts and Culture Prize 2012: Kidlat Tahimik
- Saturday, September 15 (17:00-18:30)
- Sculpture Lounge (7F), Fukuoka Asian Museum
About 30 researchers on image, art and Asian culture gathered in the Sculpture Lounge where Mr. Tahimik’s installation art was exhibited. Mr. Yamaguchi Yoshinori, Director-General of Fukuoka UNESCO Association, conducted this session and Mr. Ishizaka, who conversed with Mr. Tahimik in the public lecture, introduced Mr. Tahimik’s unique art activities.
After that they watched his film, Some More Rice that focused on rice growing in Ifugao and Japan. Mr. Tahimik pointed negative effects of globalization that indigenous culture has come under the influence of global culture. The role of elders who have passed down their history, culture, way of thinking and standard of behavior to younger generations, has been replaced by TV or movies. He raised an alarm over this reality by saying, “This is World War III against culture.”, and added that soulful messages must be
Arts and Culture Prize 2012: G.R.Ay. Koes Murtiyah Paku Buwono
- Sunday, September 16 (10:00-11:30)
- Museum Hall (1F), Kyushu National Museum
Cultural exchange session began with Gamelan performance in a warm atmosphere while two girls were still practicing their dancing in jeans. Ms. Tamura Fumiko served as MC for this session too. She first gave about 60 participants a brief introduction of Java Island, Indonesia, the history of the Karaton Surakarta and Ms. Murtiyah’s background, and then the gamelan ensemble and “Pratiwi”, a local Japanese band, played in concert a festive song “Sen-no Tori (Thousand Birds)”. After that a video was shown to introduce manufacturing process of a variety of instruments used for gamelan music and Javanese festivals.
By demonstrating various dances, Ms. Murtiyah explained, “A series of movements and poses has philosophical meanings such as protecting oneself from invasion and casting off inner filth. The court dance is not an entertainment, but aimed at being united with the deity. As the participants were invited to get a taste of playing gamelan instruments, in the space of no time many joined in improvisation.
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