Saturday 15th December 2018, 9:30 a.m. to 6:00 pm.
Waseda University, Building 3, 7th Floor, Room 704
"Run by the Institute of 20th Century Media at Waseda Institute of Political Economy, Waseda University, this Symposium will hold three sessions on the theme “Journalism and propaganda on the Second Sino-Japanese War”. Japanese, Chinese, British, American and Soviet propaganda and journalism will be discussed in nine presentations during this day-long Symposium.
"The Symposium represents an attempt to examine the transnational agencies and actors operating to influence Chinese and Western publics during a conflict that was, debatably, the precursor to WWII. Journalistic actors and entrepreneurs worked in the gaps between multiple overlapping imperialisms, as defined by the accumulation of over 40 treaties between China and the world since the 1840s.
"Given the liberation of China by the Communist Party of China that followed the defeat of Japan by the Western Allies, the pronouncements and positions of the competing wings of Communism, and the increasingly defensive voices of Nationalist China were all in contention across the broad spectrum of political choices and voices that will be considered in this forum."
Language: Japanese, with some English support.
No fees, all welcome, and no registration is required - but please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend, to give us some idea of numbers.
The Drones Club - an informal academic group, meeting at Sophia University - will hold its next meeting on Monday 19th November, from 17:15 to 19:30 (drinks afterwards).
"Professor Keith Hanley of Lancaster University, UK will talk about Victorian representations of Jerusalem, and Peter Robinson of Aoyama University will talk about the travel notes of Mason Sears. As usual, these will be fairly short presentations, with discussion. The proceedings will last longer than usual (until 19:30), and and we will adjourn to the Sophians' Club afterwards for refreshment and further chinwagging."
Event is held at Sophia University, Yotsuya Campus, Building 6, Room 501. Free and open to all! Details at the Drones Club Facebook page.
In Japan, temples have played a crucial role in people’s lives for a long time. Having a close linkage with urban areas, temples may be compared to ‘windows’ navigating us through the historical and cultural layers of an urban city. Temples reveal the story of urban societies which have been handed down from the past to the present.
Sengakuji was founded by Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first shogunate of the Edo period, in 1612, and has functioned as a scholarship and cultural platform of Zen Buddhism. It was acknowledged as one of the Edo’s three main gakuryō (Buddhist Colleges) which belongs to the ‘Sōtō-shū sect’ alongside Kichijōji Sendanrin in Komagome and Seishōji Shishikutsu in Shiba-Atago.
Set in Sengakuji, this program will explore the development of Japanese culture and Zen. The program consists of two sections, a guided tour and a lecture, both focusing on the history of gakuryō, Japanese literature and fine arts of Zen, and the important roles that Sengakuji and other Zen temples have played in the cultural history of Japan.
Timetable (18 November)
10:00-11:30 ・Guided Tour “Explore the Precincts of Sengakuji: Its History and Culture”
Lecturer: Kenmyou Muta (Priest/Department Director)/Language: Japanese only
13:00-14:30 Lecture “Scholarship and Culture of Zen Temples”
Lecturer: Takashi Horikawa (Professor at the Institute of Oriental Classics [Shido Bunko], Keio University), Kenmyou Muta
* The lecture will be held in Japanese. However, we will provide English language support for non-Japanese speakers.
More details here. Program is free (prior registration required).
This forum focuses on the architecture of universities, which stand very close to the local community but offer few opportunities for people to experience them.
Through lectures and case studies, the program will share and discuss projects in several universities to highlight their architecture and the activities of architectural archives in Japan and abroad.
Language: Japanese with language support in English
Timetable (Saturday 20th October)
Yohko Watanabe (Keio University Art Center, Keio University):
School and Memory: A study based on the ‘Architecture of Keio’ project
Takako Fujimoto (National Archives of Modern Architecture [NAMA], Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan):
Preserving and Utilising the Archives of Modern Architecture: Reflections on the activities of NAMA and architectural archives abroad.
Case studies (15:15-)
Michiyo Kohri (Meiji Gakuin Historical Museum, Meiji Gakuin University):
The University Campus, Narrated by Historical Buildings: With a focus on Imbrie Hall, Memorial Hall and Meiji Gakuin Chapel
Yuri Tomita, Miki Maruyama (Gakushuin University Museum of History, Gakushuin University):
Preserving and Utilising the Historical Buildings of Gakushuin University’s Mejiro Campus
Venue: Keio University, Mita Campus
Further details here.
Free, No registration required,
Contact: Keio University Art Center, Yu Homma
atelier jaku presents the first of a three-part series of concerts called the ‘Garden Series’. In this concert, the first half will feature new-music icon John Cage’s seminal Ryoanji for oboe and voice. Daryl Jamieson’s new piece utamakura 3: Saihōji for voice, cor anglais, and percussion with field recordings fills the second half.
Please join performers Yakushiji Noriko (voice), Unagami Nagisa (oboe/cor anglais), and Aita Mizuki (percussion) for a music event aimed at all five senses: including an art installation (Portable Garden) by regular atelier jaku collaborators Setsuami and Takeyama Keisuke, bespoke incense (Natura in minima maxima) and two specially-commissioned cocktails.
Saturday 10 November 2018, 16:00pm (doors open 15:30pm)
Isezaki Bar 333
1-3-1 Isezaki-chō, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa
Tickets are 3500 yen (not including food and drink).
Further details available here.
DORIS DÖRRIE EVENT (in German)
November 10th, 2018 (Saturday), 11am-8:30pm
German Cultural Center Tokyo/ OAG-Haus
In many leading works of the German film director Doris Dörrie, cooking and eating are just as important as Zen Buddhism and Japanese culture. This relationship has already been established in the first film that Dörrie shot in Japan: Enlightenment Guaranteed (1999/2000). The famous actor Uwe Ochsenknecht plays the role of a kitchen salesman who, together with his brother, experiences the everyday life of a Japanese Zen monastery. Later, in her humorous philosophical documentary How to Cook Your Life (2007), she follows the Zen cooking class of the American Zen master Edward Espe Brown. The film sheds light on the international appeal and current significance of Zen Buddhist
These movies as well as other works by Dörrie, such as Cherry Blossoms (2008) and Greetings from Fukushima (2016) will be the focus of the Doris Dörrie event, which will take place at the German Cultural Center Tokyo / OAG-Haus.
11:00am – 1:00pm
Seminar for students and other interested parties:
Doris Dörrie's art of the film genre, directed by: Jaimey Fisher (University of California, Davis) and Stefan Keppler-Tasaki (The University of Tokyo)
1:00pm – 3:00pm
Bento-Luncheon: Study opportunities in Germany and DAAD funding, Manuela Sato-Prinz
3:00pm – 4:00pm
Presentation of the OAG: History and Function of the German Society for Nature and Ethnology of East Asia, Maike Roeder
Film Screening: How to Cook Your Life (D, 2007), Director: Doris Dörrie
6:00pm – 7:00pm
Kampai and Buffet
7:00pm – 8:30pm
Panel Discussion: Jaimey Fisher (University of California, Davis), Stefan Keppler-Tasaki (The University of Tokyo), Cordula Lemke (Freie Universität Berlin), C.K. Neubert (Temple University, Japan Campus) and Marie Géraldine Rademacher (The University of Tokyo)
Registration for Workshop and Info-Luncheon until October 31st , 2018:
Organized by DAAD Tokyo, OAG German Society for Nature and Ethnology of East Asia, The University of Tokyo -
Seminar for German Language and Literature
Funded by the Einstein Foundation Berlin
Contact: Stefan Keppler-Tasaki: email@example.com / Marie Géraldine Rademacher: firstname.lastname@example.org. More details here.
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