The Japan Foundation Awards 2019 Commemorative Lectures

Shuntaro Tanikawa Talk and Performance
"Mimi wo sumasu"—An evening of talk, poetry and music


The works by Shuntaro Tanikawa have been translated into more than 20 languages, and are being lovedthroughout the globe. Commemorating the Japan Foundation Awards 2019 he received, Shuntaro Tanikawa will give a talk on his own experience and connection with overseas. Furthermore, Kensaku Tanikawa holds a concert of his original compositions.
*This event is intended for the audiences over the age of 13.

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Lecture by Association of Indonesian Alumni From Japan (PERSADA)
"55 Years History of Association of Indonesian Alumni From Japan (PERSADA)"


The Association of Indonesian Alumni From Japan (PERSADA) was founded in 1963 by a group of mainly Indonesians who previously studied in Japan. Today, it has around 8,000 members, making it an enormous association of former international students to Japan, and engages in many meaningful activities in its role as a bridge between Indonesia and Japan. In 1986, PERSADA and the Indonesia-Japan Friendship Association led the founding of Darma Persada University(DPU), a private institution. Since then, DPU has produced many talents who themselves became bridges between the two countries.
Through such activities, PERSADA has been a nexus of exchange connecting Japan and Indonesia, and going forward it promises to continue being a central force for friendly exchange between not only both countries, but also with the other members of ASEAN.
In this lecture, lecturers will lookback on 55 years history of Association of Indonesian Alumni From Japan (PERSADA) and talk on recent activities around partnerships among universities, student programs for visiting Japan, and Japanese-language education.

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Lecture by Ewa Pałasz-Rutkowska
"Poland and Japan—Friendly relations for over 100 years"


Ewa Pałasz-Rutkowska is one of Poland’s top scholars of Japanese history. For years she has nurtured many students as a central figure in Japanese Studies education and research at the University of Warsaw, one of Europe’s premiere institutions in this field. One of her most noteworthy accomplishments has been her research on Polish-Japanese relations from the time of the Russo-Japanese War to the end of World War II. Her History of Polish-Japanese Relations 1904-1945, the first and still only comprehensive chronicle of a previously obscure part of history, remains an authoritative resource. This time, she will give a talk on Polish-Japanese relations and her own experiences over the years, along with experts who have supported her diverse Japanese studies.

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