November 2011: Third Japan Week

November 2011: Third Japan Week

 

 From 3 to 5 November 2011 the Catholic University of Leuven (Research Unit Japanese Studies) and its sister university Kansai University organize the third “Japan Week”. During the Japan Week a series of cultural, educational and academic events takes place with the aim of promoting Japanese culture, stimulating research and strengthening the relations between both universities. 

The following events will be organised: "international seminar", "opening ceremony and reception", "EU workshop", "Japanese calligraphy workshop" and a "Japanese movie showing". More specific information on each event can be find below.

Note: all Japan Week events are free of charge and open to the general public.

 

International symposium: “Economic crisis in Europe: Perspectives from Japan” - 3 November 2011

Against the backdrop of the global economic and financial crisis, this seminar focuses on the impact of the economic turmoil on the EU and the lessons Japan can derive from it.

Click here for the program.

Language: English
Location: Justus Lipsius, Lett. 08.16, Blijde Inkomststraat 21, 3000 Leuven
From 10:00 to 17:45

Browse the photo album (thanks to Elizabeth Knollema and Lynne Ann Morse)

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Opening ceremony and reception 3 November 2011

Official opening of the Japan Week with welcome words and speeches. The opening ceremony is followed by a reception during which a demonstration of Japanese calligraphy takes place.

Language: Dutch and Japanese
Location: Universiteitshal 00.08 (Museumzaal), Naamsestraat 22, 3000 Leuven
From 19:00 to 21:00

Browse the photo album (thanks to Lynne Ann Morse)

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Third EU Workshop - 4 November 2011

The workshop offers a platform to students from both Kansai University and the K.U.Leuven to present their research. Presentations cover a wide variety of topics centering on classical and popular culture.

Session 1: Classical culture (09:30 - 11:40)
Session 2: Contemporary Japanese Affairs (13:00 - 14:25)
Session 3: Popular culture   (15:00 - 17:10)

Click here for the list of titles and here for the time schedule.

Language: English and Japanese
Location: Justus Lipsius, Lett. 08.16, Blijde inkomststraat 21,3000 Leuven
From 09:30 to 17:10

Browse the photo album (thanks to Elizabeth Knollema)

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Workshop Japanese Calligraphy 4 November 2011

Workshop Japanese calligraphy with the guidance of a Japanese student club calligraphy, calligrapher Itomi Keinan and lecturer calligraphy at the K.U.Leuven Wei Wen Wang. The workshop will be divided into 2 sessions of each 120 min. Registration is required: 

In case you want to join the first session (from 10:00 to 12:00), please send an e-mail clearly indicating your NAME + YEAR to the following address: kalligrafie1@gmail.com

In case you want to join the second session (from 13:30 to 15:30), please send an e-mail clearly indicating your NAME + YEAR to the following address: kalligrafie2@gmail.com.

As space is limited to 50 persons per session, registration is on a first come, first serve basis.

Language: Dutch and Japanese
Location: Centrale Bibliotheek (tentoonstellingsruimte), Mgr. Ladeuzeplein 21, 3000 Leuven
From 10:00 to 12:00 (first session) / From 13:30 to 15:30 (second session)

Browse the photo album (thanks to Elizabeth Knollema, Lynne Ann Morse and Wei Wen Wang)

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Japanese film (1): The Chef of South Polar 4 November 2011

 

Based on Nishimura Jun's autobiographies, Antarctic Chef relays the hearty meals and adventures of a research team stationed near the South Pole. Sakai Masato (The Triumphant General Rouge) plays a Tokyo cook who leaves his family and warm life behind to join an expedition in Dome Fuji Station. Despite living in the freezing cold in the middle of nowhere, he manages to concoct luxurious meals for the team of eight researchers for whom mealtime soon becomes the greatest joy. Directed by Okita Shuichi (Ryoichi & Kiyoshi), Antarctic Chef co-stars actress Nishida Naomi and character actors Namase Katsuhisa, Kitaro, Kora Kengo, and Toyohara Kosuke. (Source: YesAsia)

Language: Japanese with English subtitles
Location: Kleine Aula MTC3 00.15, Sint-Michielsstraat 6, 3000 Leuven
From 20:00 to 22:00

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Japanese film (2): The Switch to Happinness - 5 November 2011

 

Fed up with her stubborn father Seichiro (Sawada) and his unprofitable small-town electric appliance store, Inada Rei (Ueno) leaves home for the big city to become a fledgling designer. However, she subsequently becomes disillusioned with her new career and lifestyle, and is contemplating her next move when she learns that her father has broken his leg. Rei returns home to help out with the store, and is reunited with her earnest older sister Hitomi (Honjo Manami) and boyish younger sister Kaori (Nakamura Shizuka). As she reluctantly readjusts to her new job and her family, she begins to realise the affection felt toward her father by the local community, as well as the love and strong connections that bind her family together. (Source: Ueno Jiro)

 

Language: Japanese with English subtitles
Location: Kleine Aula MTC3 00.15, Sint-Michielsstraat 6, 3000 Leuven
From 20:00 to 22:00