Issues may remain in terms of interstate relations, national interests, national sovereignty and territory, but if we can strengthen connections in these other areas, I think we will increase the likelihood that an Asia-Pacific Community can be formed. The present era is one of the strengthening of transnational connections. In this sense, I hope that the Asia-Pacific Community can be strengthened, and that in turn this will play a part in forging more intimate connections throughout the world as a whole.
The Japan Foundation presented the Japan Foundation Award 2013 to Sankai Juku, and hosted a commemorative event for the dialogue between butoh dancer Ushio Amagatsu, Artistic Director of Sankai Juku, and theater critic Tamotsu Watanabe. Many people came to the event's venue, the Japan Foundation JFIC Hall, for this rare occasion presenting an insight into Ushio Amagatsu's thoughts on dance.
Well, here we are at the final installment in this half-year-long series. Right now I'm in Boston. I have joined MIT Media Lab as an assistant professor, effective November 1. Since this is my last article, I'd like to tell you a little bit about what I'm planning to do at MIT.
With the advent of the Meiji restoration at the middle of the nineteenth century, the feudal system that ruled Japan for over 250 years ceased to exist. The professional Noh theatre troupes that benefitted from the official support of the aristocracy suddenly found themselves without institutional and economic backup. After an initial critical period, Noh was re-established as official performing art and started to receive a limited amount of funding from the institutions.