At the Japan pavilion of the 14th International Architecture Exhibition, part of the Venice Biennale, Commissioner Kayoko Ota has prepared an exhibition on the international theme of "Absorbing Modernity: 1914 - 2014." In line with this common thread, the Japan pavilion has taken up the theme "A Storehouse of Contemporary Architecture," weaving a continuous history of the country's architecture over the past 100 years while placing the focus on the 1970s, and tracing the roots to the underlying strength of Japanese architecture.
Corresponding with the traveling exhibition "Parallel Nippon--Contemporary Japanese Architecture 1996-2006 " held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, from January to February 2014, the Japan Foundation requested Hiroshi Matsukuma, an expert of contemporary Japanese architectural history, to conduct a lecture for the general public, students of architecture, and professionals in Phnom Penh.
As I mentioned at the end of my previous installment, in this article I will explain another aspect of my work, that of film distribution. Once artists create their works and start participating in international festivals with their works, they will encounter various short animations and short films: from comical to serious, from experimental to highly artistic, and everything in between. Ordinary life in Japan, however, offers almost no opportunities to come in touch with such works.
The Japan Foundation and International House of Japan co-organize the Japan-India Distinguished Visitors Program, with the purpose of inviting eminent Indian public figures to Japan and providing a platform for continuous dialogue between the two countries. In its second year, the Program welcomed the 2013 invitee Dr. Pratap Bhanu Mehta, president of one of the most prestigious think tanks in India and whose columns regularly appear in the media. In his lecture, Dr. Mehta analyzed where India stands at this point in time from a broad perspective.