The Japan Foundation Awards, held for the 47th time in 2019, began in 1973, one year following the establishment of the Japan Foundation. Every year, the awards are presented to individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to promoting international mutual understanding and friendship between Japan and other countries through academic, artistic and other cultural pursuits.
This year's award recipients included two individuals and one organization: Tanikawa Shuntaro (poet) from Japan, Perhimpunan Alumni Dari Jepang (PERSADA: Association of Indonesian Alumni from Japan) from Indonesia and Ewa Pałasz-Rutkowska (Professor, University of Warsaw) from Poland. This is a report of the presentation ceremony attended by the recipients on November 7.
Professor Ewa Pałasz-Rutkowska, one of the recipients of the Japan Foundation Awards 2019, is a top scholar of Japanese history in Poland. She gave the commemorative lecture "Poland and Japan―Friendly relations for over 100 years" for the Japan Foundation Awards 2019 on November 8, 2019, at the University of Tokyo (Hongo Campus). [Contributed by Numano Mitsuyoshi (Professor, Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology, the University of Tokyo), who moderated the commemorative lecture.]
In February 2019, I set foot on the soil of Burkina Faso. The landscape of the capital city of Ouagadougou, with its red earth that stretches out to the horizon, appeared completely unchanged from four years ago when I lived here. I visited Burkina Faso this time to participate in The Pan-African Film and Television Festival of Ouagadougou (FESPACO). [This is a reprinted article from the side book A CENTURY OF AFRICAN FILM (published by the Japan Foundation) distributed to visitors at the symposium African Film Across Borders: Building New Bridges of Cooperation (August 29, 2019).]
The Japan Foundation invites academics and researchers in the area of Japanese studies to study in Japan. The guest contributor for this issue is Carolyn Wargula, a 2018 Japanese Studies Fellow who researched "Embodying the Buddha: The Presence of Women in Japanese Buddhist Hair Embroideries, 1200-1700" at the International Research Center for Japanese Studies as a fellow writing her doctoral thesis.