Serialized Essay

Delivered to you in the Wochi Kochi Magazine are essays contributed by up-and-coming writers who cross national borders effortlessly and flourish at the forefront of their respective fields. Each edition also features serial stories related to the exchange programs that the Japan Foundation carries out across the world. Enjoy reading and “traveling” the world together!

2021.4.28New

Crossing Borders, Engaging in Exchanges and Harnessing the Power of Creation amid COVID-19
Interview and Contribution Series<7>
Osawa Torao, NLI Research Institute

In this seventh issue of our special feature "Crossing Borders, Engaging in Exchanges and Harnessing the Power of Creation amid COVID-19" , we welcome this contribution by Osawa Torao, Senior Researcher, Center for Arts and Culture, NLI Research Institute.

2021.4.27New

Contributed Article Series "Chinese Intellectuals Visit Japan" <3>

The Japan Foundation invites influential young and mid-career researchers and intellectuals from China to Japan to deepen an understanding of Japan and to build an intellectual network (between Japan and China). This invitation program began in FY2008, and in the following 11 years, a total of 192 individuals (101 as individuals and 21 groups) have visited Japan (as of the end of 2019).

2021.4.20New

Contributed Article Series "Chinese Intellectuals Visit Japan" <2>

The Japan Foundation invites influential young and mid-career researchers and intellectuals from China to Japan to deepen an understanding of Japan and to build an intellectual network (between Japan and China). This invitation program began in FY2008, and in the following 11 years, a total of 192 individuals (101 as individuals and 21 groups) have visited Japan (as of the end of 2019).

2021.3.29

Contributed Article Series "Chinese Intellectuals Visit Japan" <1>

The Japan Foundation invites influential young and mid-career researchers and intellectuals from China to Japan to deepen an understanding of Japan and to build an intellectual network (between Japan and China). This invitation program began in FY2008 and in the following 11 years, a total of 192 individuals (101 as individuals and 21 groups) have visited Japan (as of the end of 2019).

2020.12.22

Interview with the Recipient of the 2019
Japan Foundation Prizes for Global Citizenship
From Communities to the World: Initiatives to Connect People <3>

Many organizations engage in international cultural exchange programs throughout Japan with the aim of promoting community development through arts and culture, building a multicultural society and promoting international mutual understanding.

2020.12.21

Interview with the Recipient of the 2019
Japan Foundation Prizes for Global Citizenship
From Communities to the World: Initiatives to Connect People <2>

Many organizations engage in international cultural exchange programs throughout Japan with the aim of promoting community development through arts and culture, building a multicultural society and promoting international mutual understanding. Established in 1985, the Japan Foundation Prizes for Global Citizenship is intended to support

2020.11.13

Interview with the Recipient of the 2019
Japan Foundation Prizes for Global Citizenship
From Communities to the World: Initiatives to Connect People <1>

Many organizations engage in international cultural exchange programs throughout Japan with the aim of promoting community development through arts and culture, building multicultural society and promoting international mutual understanding. Established in 1985, the Japan Foundation Prizes for Global Citizenship is intended to support

2020.9.18

Report on the "Sanriku International Arts Festival―Fall Program"
A Visit to the Origins of Performing Arts (Part 2)

Commenced in 2014, the Sanriku International Arts Festival is an initiative that connects Sanriku and Southeast Asia through local performing arts. This festival is hosted by the Japan Foundation Asia Center and the Sanriku International Arts Committee. In addition to mutual visits by traditional performing arts groups from the Sanriku region and Asia to teach each other performing arts, these groups also engage in a variety of performances that include new joint productions. (The Japan Foundation Asia Center has been collaborating since 2015.) This is the second half of a report on our visit to the Sanriku International Arts Festival held from October 26 to November 4, 2019 in four cities and three towns along the Sanriku coast in Aomori and Iwate prefectures.

2020.9.18

Report on the "Sanriku International Arts Festival―Fall Program"
A Visit to the Origins of Performing Arts (Part 1)

The Tohoku region of Japan is said to be home to over 2,000 traditional performing arts. The Sanriku International Arts Festival, an initiative for connecting the contrasting regions of Sanriku and Southeast Asia, promotes cultural exchanges through these traditional performing arts. Commenced in 2014, this festival is hosted by the Japan Foundation Asia Center and the Sanriku International Arts Committee. In addition to mutual visits by traditional performing arts groups from the Sanriku region and Asia to teach each other performing arts, these groups also engage in a variety of performances that include new joint productions. (The Japan Foundation Asia Center has been collaborating since 2015.) Why are so many traditional performing arts handed down in Sanriku? And what exactly is the connection between traditional performing arts in Sanriku and Asia? We had the opportunity to visit the Sanriku International Arts Festival held from October 26 to November 4, 2019 in four cities and three towns along the Sanriku coast in Aomori and Iwate prefectures.

2020.2. 3

African Film Across Borders: Building New Bridges of Cooperation (Vol. 3)
My Visit to FESPACO 2019

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).]

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