Special Program: A dialogue with Thant Myint-U about cultural heritage


Apart from the public lecture, we will welcome Dr. Thant Myint-U to one of our special programs to discuss about cultural heritage.

A unique setting - a Noh theater

Located in the center of Fukuoka city, Sumiyoshi Shrine has long acted as a guardian of the city. It is the oldest among more than 2000 Sumiyoshi shrines located across the nation and one of the three major shrines of its kind.

In the premises of this shrine lies a Noh theater at which this talk will take place. Built in 1938, the Noh theater is considered to be one of the best Noh stages in the western part of Japan. The stage is made entirely of hinoki, Japanese cypress, with Minakami Taisei's painting of pine tree in the background. Under the floor lies "kame" pots for good sound effects.

Recently the theater is attracting more attention expanding its use other than Noh performances but to jazz and acoustic gigs, Rakugo lives and movie screenings.


About cultural heritage in Myanmar

At this valuable cultural heritage, the subject of "Myanmar's cultural heritage" will be spoken.

Situated in between southeast Asia and south Asia, Myanmar has a diverse culture of various religions and ethnicities and is home to great cultural heritage such as Pagan, the colonial buildings, and customs of ethnic minorities.

On the other hand, the country is termed "Asia's last frontier" and entering a rapid development phase.

Dr. Thant Myint-U, with his experiences in UN peace-building operations and preserving of historical buildings in Yangon, will speak with Professor Yukio Nishimura, President of Japan ICOMOS, about the present and future of Myanmar's cultural heritage and what role Japan can play in the process of its preservation. Professor Toshiyuki Kono, Vice President of ICOMOS, will be the moderator.

English and Japanese simultaneous intepretation is provided.  No advanced registration required and the admission is free.


Special Program with Dr. Thant Myint-U

Saturday, September 19, 2015 (19:00-20:30)
Sumiyoshi Shrine
NISHIMURA Yukio(President of JAPAN ICOMOS, Professor of University of Tokyo)
KONO Toshiyuki(Vice President of ICOMOS, Professor of Kyushu University)

Admission is free. No advance registration required.


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