An international theater production titled "SHUGEN ~Celebration/Expression~," themed on the Great East Japan Earthquake of 2011, premiered in the fall of 2013 and concluded in January 2014. Co-presented by the Japan Foundation and the Aomori Museum of Art, the piece brought together a diverse group of theater professionals from Japan, China, and Korea, and toured eight cities: Aomori, Daejeon, Seoul, Jeonju, Shanghai, Beijing, Sendai, and Tokyo. In the following article, the director and writer Koji Hasegawa looks back on the project and discusses his thoughts on "SHUGEN."
In order to share what we have learned from the Great East Japan Earthquake, with other countries and put them to use in the future, the Japan Foundation and the Kahoku Shimpo Publishing Company co-organized a travelling workshop called Musubi Juku (linking workshop) in Chile in December 2013. Two survivors of the Japanese earthquake, both hailing from Miyagi Prefecture, visited Chile, a country which had experienced a devastating earthquake and tsunami in February 2010. The program participants gave accounts of the Japanese disaster and shared memories with victims of the Chile disaster.
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.