November 2013: Fourth Japan Week

 

From 5 to 7 November 2013 the Catholic University of Leuven (Research Unit Japanese Studies) and its sister university Kansai University organize the fourth “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 organized: "international symposium", "opening ceremony and reception", "Japan Week workshop", "EU workshop", "Japanese sport initiation (Nippon Kempō/日本拳法)" and a "Japanese documentary showing". All students are required to attend the academic meetings and take part in the activities. Information on each event will be regularly updated on this page.

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


5 November 2013

International symposium: “Japanese Media Culture: between Globalization and the Galápagos Syndrome”

In recent years, Japanese popular culture products such as anime, manga, music, fashion, etc. have started to gain popularity abroad. Among foreign students in Japan or students who are enrolled in Japanese Studies or take Japanese language courses at overseas universities, many stated that Japanese popular culture motivated them to take interest in all things Japanese.

The International Symposium during the Japan Week will consider this phenomenon from the following points of view.

First, it addresses the exact nature of Japanese media culture found overseas. How is Japanese media culture being received in various regions around the world, including Japan? Second, what were the domestic historical circumstances and social conditions during which the appeal of Japanese media culture started to be cultivated abroad? Third, it will discuss the question how to interpret the globalization of a separately evolving or 'galapagosizing' Japanese culture.

Japanese society itself is sometimes mocked as being‘introverted’ and suffering from a ‘Galápagos syndrome’. Even so, ‘Japaneseness’ found abroad is propelling its globalization, and under the slogan‘Cool Japan’a new kind of ‘Japaneseness’ is about to be constructed. The main theme of the present symposium will focus on how to construe these kinds of phenomena.

Programme can be found here.

Language: English
Location: Zeger Van Hee, DV1 91.56, DV1 College De Valk, Tiensestraat 41, 3000 Leuven
From 09:00 to 16:10


Opening ceremony and reception

Official opening of the Japan Week with welcome words and speeches. The opening ceremony will be followed by a reception with a demonstration of Nippon Kempō (日本拳法).

Language: Dutch and Japanese
Location: Universiteitshal 01.05 (Jubileumzaal), Naamsestraat 22, 3000 Leuven
From 18:00 to 20:00

6 NOVEMBER 2013

Japanese Sport Initiation 

The Nippon Kempō Club of Kansai University will give a performance of Nippon Kempō techniques, after which students (men and women) have the opportunity to engage in this sport themselves. Please bring two to three small towels (to put inside the mask) and some sporting gear with you. Showers are available. 

Participation is free, but registration is required. In case you wish to participate, please send an e-mail clearly indicating your NAME and YEAR in the subject line to the following address: kenpo.japanweek@gmail.com. Once you send an e-mail, your participation will be considered final.

Location: Polyvalente zaal en vechtsportzaal, Sportoase Philipssite, Philipssite 6, 3000 Leuven
From 09:30 to 11:30

Directions from the Faculty of Arts to the Sportaose Philipssite can be found here (approx. 15 min. by foot). 

Nippon Kempō Club of Kansai University: http://www.ku-kempo.jp/index.html

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Japan Week Workshop (Part 1) 

The workshop offers a platform to students from both Kansai University and the KU Leuven (Japanese Studies) to present their research. In line with the International Symposium, presentations will focus on the theme of 'Japanese popular culture'.

Programme can be found here.

Language: English
Location: Justus Lipsius, Lett. 08.16, Blijde Inkomststraat 21, 3000 Leuven
From 13:00 to 16:15

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Japanese Documentary (Part 1)
(Note: First and second year Japanese Studies students are recommended to prepare the scripts of the documentaries, which can be found on Toledo.)

1) だから自閉症が好き(38分)

徳島県上板町で自閉症の子供を育てている堀川加奈子さんを取材し、自閉症の子供の子育てを通して、堀川さんの生きていく強さを同じような境遇で生活している人たちに勇気を与えられるようにと作られたドキュメンタリー。
 番組の後半で、長男の子供の自閉症に対する考えと、前向きさが表れていて、同じような境遇の家族に勇気を与えられる作品だと考えられる。

2) マイホーム(27分)

地方の時代 映像祭 2013年度入選作品(市民・学生・自治体部門)
製作:関西大学社会学部・映像制作実習

学生が通学路の途中に見える川沿いの不思議な建物に関心を持ち、授業の中で取材を行ってみると、それはホームレスの人の住み家だった。2人のホームレスの男性への取材を中心に、彼らの日々の生活を追う中に不思議な人生観や、時間の流れを見ることができる。

Language: Japanese
Location: Justus Lipsius, Lett. 08.16, Blijde Inkomststraat 21, 3000 Leuven
From 17:00 to 18:10

7 NOVEMBER 2013

Japan Week Workshop (Part 2)

The workshop offers a platform to students from both Kansai University and the KU Leuven (Japanese Studies) to present their research. In line with the International Symposium, presentations will focus on the theme of 'Japanese popular culture'.

Programme can be found here.

Language: English
Location: Justus Lipsius, Lett. 08.16, Blijde Inkomststraat 21, 3000 Leuven
From 09:30 to 11:45

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EU Workshop

The workshop offers a platform to students from both Kansai University and the KU Leuven (Japanese Studies) to present their research. Presentations cover a wide variety of topics centering on the respective research themes of the individual students.

Programme can be found here.

Language: English and Japanese
Location: Justus Lipsius, Lett. 08.16, Blijde inkomststraat 21,3000 Leuven
From 13:00 to 16:40

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Japanese Documentary (Part 2) - 7 November 2013
(Note: First and second year Japanese Studies students are recommended to prepare the script of the documentary, which can be found on Toledo.)

誘惑の原発マネー~佐賀・玄海町 崩れたシナリオ~(48分)


かつては貧困と過疎の町だった佐賀県玄海町の起爆剤となったのが原子力発電所の誘致だった。
 町には今、豪華なハコモノが点在している。国からもたらされた原発関連交付金、いわゆる「原発マネー」が拠り所となり、町はその姿を大きく変えた。しかし、福島の事故後、そのシナリオは大きく狙った。一向に見えてこない玄海原発の再稼働への道筋。
 原発マネーなしでは立地自治体はもはや生きていけないのか。「原発マネー」に寄り添ってきた玄海町が今後進むべき道は、どのようなものなのか。
 過疎の町に大きな富をもたらした「原発マネー」の視点から玄海町のっ今後の展望を探りたい。

Language: Japanese
Location: Justus Lipsius, Lett. 08.16, Blijde Inkomststraat 21, 3000 Leuven
From 17:00 to 18:00