School Visits 2018
Grand Prize 2018: JIA Zhangke
- Friday, Sep. 21 (10:40–12:10)
- Kyushu Sangyo University
This was Mr. JIA’s first talk at a Japanese university. The auditorium was packed with students as he revealed various episodes from his own time as a student.
Feeling a need to express what he felt after various events, such as when one of his friends died in his childhood, he became engrossed in writing in high school, he explained, but after graduation entered an art school to create art during the day and continue to write at night. He was unsatisfied with the results, feeling that neither could adequately capture the tides of the era. He happened to see Yellow Earth, directed by CHEN Kaige, and realized that the film was the best medium for him. After entering the Beijing Film Academy, he made an indie called Xiao Shan 〔Going Home〕 with friends. “Film directors,” he said, “are like mailmen, conveying the events of the world to us all. Instead of missing the real for the virtual, I hope that you will grow richer and deeper through real experiences.”
Academic Prize 2018: SUEHIRO Akira
- Friday, Sep. 21 (11:00–12:20)
- Fukuoka Girls’ High School
Regional Research: Observations on Gender
His slide talk, entitled “Regional Research: Observations on Gender,” touched on the development of Asian studies, the fuller participation of women in society, and other issues. He explained that many women were not only researching issues of the caste system and social participation, but also carrying out in-depth, on-site research.
When asked about his high school years, he replied that there were no prep schools then, and that he had never studied very seriously for university entrance exams. He also gave some personal anecdotes, such as that when in Thailand he noted that some of the people living on the street were eating better at the street stalls than he was himself, and he deeply felt the differences in vitality and culture.
The students presented him with a bouquet of flowers, and a student representative thanked him for giving them new ways to think of the world and their own lives, hoping that they would strive hard for their goals.
Arts and Culture Prize 2018: Teejan Bai
Treasure and learn the culture of their own nation, Japan.
- Friday, Sep. 21 (10:35–11:25)
- Tsutsumigaoka Elementary School
The musical event began with the rhythmical music of Pandavani. Mr. MURAYAMA first introduced Pandavani and Dr. Teejan Bai, explaining the story of the Mahabharata. The performance followed, and while the students were stunned by the power of her voice at first, they were captured by her evocative performance and watched eagerly.
After the performance they thanked her by singing the school song in chorus. During Q&A they asked about the musical instruments, the era that the Mahabharata was written in, and her encounter with Pandavani, with Dr. Teejan Bai answering every question. She closed by saying she had continued Pandavani in spite of many hardships, and urged the students to treasure and learn the culture of their own nation, Japan.
- Friday, Sep. 21 (14:25–16:15)
- Wajiro Junior High School
The students greeted Dr. Teejan Bai with applause, and a message of greeting in Hindi. Mr. MURAYAMA first introduced Dr. Teejan Bai and the Mahabharata, followed by the stage performance. The audience watched and listened, entranced by her motions and voice.
In thanks, they then sang a chorus of Furusato, a Japanese song. In the following Q&A session Dr. Teejan Bai was asked about the hardships she faced as a female Pandavani performer, and she replied that while she was criticized by society and even her own family at the start, her love of Pandavani has now made her very happy. She urged them forge ahead and follow their hopes and dreams. The student representative thanked her, presenting her with a bouquet of flowers and a CD of the school song. Dr. Teejan Bai received them with a smile, and waved to the students in appreciation.
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