School Visits 2016
Grand Prize 2016: A. R. RAHMAN
- Thursday, September. 15(10:00 ‒ 11:00)
- Fukuoka Daiichi High School (Music Department)
After a welcome from the whole school, Mr. Rahman was treated to a choral performance by the school’s Music Department.
“I use music to express emotions that cannot be expressed in visuals or words.”
He stood before the students, and made a few brief remarks before inviting them to ask questions.
One student asked, “What do you like about Japan?” to which he replied,“ I am a huge fan of the film director, KUROSAWA Akira, and I love [Japanese] horror movies. In music, I have a deep respect for SAKAMOTO Ryuichi. I think it is wonderful the way Japan upholds its traditional culture and identity, while taking in all kinds of cultural elements from all over the world at the same time.”
In response to a question about composing film music, he explained,“ I read the screenplay carefully and put it firmly into my head. I use music to express emotions that cannot be expressed in visuals or words.”
Mr. Rahman then sat at the piano and played an Indian song in five different styles. He asked the students to describe how each style made them feel, and carefully commented on each of the students’ answers.
He ended his visit with words of encouragement for the students, telling them,“ I will be praying for your wonderful success. Work hard so you can grasp that success.”
Academic Prize 2016: Ambeth R. OCAMPO
- September.16(10:00 ‒ 11:00)
- Sophia-Fukuoka Junior-Senior High School
“He talked about how much fun history can be, telling the students that anyone can become an historian, simply by keeping a diary and looking back on their own history.”
Dr. Ocampo told the students that he became an historian because he loved reading and was very curious, and gave a vivid account of how, when he was tracking the footsteps of José Rizal, he was excited to discover a book in a British library that Rizal himself had held 100 years ago.
He also talked about the unexpected ways in which Japan and the Philippines are connected, such as the notes that Rizal left after visiting Japan, and the mosquito coils and shaved ice that are a part of everyday life in the Philippines. He talked about how much fun history can be, telling the students that anyone can become an historian, simply by keeping a diary and looking back on their own history.
The students peppered Dr. Ocampo with question after question, in English, about topics such as President Duterte, the atomic bomb, and his thoughts about the Philippines’former colonial rulers.
In clear and simple language, Dr. Ocampo answered the students’ questions, commenting that the Filipino President was tough on criminals, but human rights also needed to be upheld, suggesting that Japan should not look at things only from the single perspective of its status as a victim of the atomic bomb, and that it is important to consider Japan-Philippines relations not only in terms of World War II, but to go back much further in time to look at the long history of interaction between the two countries. The students listened intently to Dr. Ocampo’s class on living history.
Arts and Culture Prize 2016: Yasmeen LARI
- Thursday, Sep.15(11:00-12:00)
- Fukuoka Municipal Fukuoka Girls’ High School
“If you do your best without giving up, your dreams will come true.”
Ms. Lari visited Fukuoka Girls’ High School, which was founded more than 90 years ago. After praising the “wonderful campus with its beautiful scenery,”she gave an explanation of her homeland, Pakistan, showing photographs of its cultural heritage.
Later, she talked about her struggles as a student and introduced some of the buildings she has worked on. She spoke about how, in a complete turnaround from her previous work designing large-scale buildings for the affluent classes, she now builds homes for the poor, since the Great Earthquake struck her homeland. Ms. Lari’s passion and action in simultaneously engaging in the twin challenges of buildings shelters and promoting the independence of and elevating the status of women appeared to move the students deeply.
Asked by a student what her dream was, Ms. Lari laughed, “I have many dreams, and encouraged the students, saying, “If you do your best without giving up, your dreams will come true. “ Further, citing the examples of women working in Pakistan, she had a message for the students.“Women have three roles ‒ housework, caring for children, and work. More effort needs to be made to allow them to achieve more within those roles. I hope you will be confident and climb the highest mountain.“
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