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A Virtual Museum Visit of the Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art

IAFOR Chairman, Joseph Haldane in Conversation with Yutaka Mino This is a virtual tour of the Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Art, a contemporary and modern art museum designed by world-renowned Japanese architect, Tadao Ando. The museum was built after the 1995 Kobe-Awaji earthquake, and has since become a symbol of the city’s resilience and recovery.


Haiku Workshop

This workshop gives a background and history to haiku, the Japanese form of poetry that has become popular the world over. It will include readings of some of the most famous examples, and will invite participants to write their own poems, under the guidance of one of Japan’s most prominent haiku poets. Emiko Miyashita Emiko

Wadaiko Performance

Students from AIE International High School will be giving an exhilarating Wadaiko drumming performance to close the conference. The school is located in Awaji City on Awaji Island in Hyogo Prefecture – just south of Kobe. It is one of five high schools in Hyogo Prefecture to provide an International Baccalaureate program. They have previously


Asia at the Crossroads: Conversations on Food, Politics, and Culture

Haruko Satoh in Conversation with Daisuke Utagawa Born in Karachi, British and US educated Japanese IR scholar, Haruko Satoh, is in conversation with Washington-based, Japanese trained sushi chef and restaurateur, Daisuke Utagawa. Using the conference theme, “Asia at the Crossroads”, they explore how food becomes a conduit that connects peoples and societies in ways conventional


Kobe: Japan’s Culinary Melting Pot

Aiko Tanaka Osaka Shoin Women’s High School and University, Japan Professor Emeritus of Food Studies at Osaka Shoin Women’s University, Osaka, Japan Author and Food Historian Chairman of the Edible Herb Garden Association Co-founder of the Food Studies for SDGs Research Institute (FSRI) Aiko Tanaka is the founder of the Food Studies Programs at both

Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) Kyoto University AAS in Asia 2020

The Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) Sponsors AAS-in-Asia 2020

The Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS), Kyoto University The Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS), Kyoto University ( was founded in 1963. Since then, it has focused on the dynamic differences and diversity that exist within the region. As a research Center of Excellence, it embraces a multidisciplinary approach to area studies by including


Taste Washoku to Unveil Japanese Society: Encountering with Wagyu and Matcha

Kae Sekine Aichi Gakuin University, Japan Kae Sekine is an Associate Professor at Aichi Gakuin University, Nagoya, Japan and teaches Agricultural Economics. Dr Sekine has researched Food Standards including Geographical Indication in Asia and Europe. She studied at the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), Montpellier from 2007 to 2010 and holds a doctoral


Japan and Korea in China-US Relations: A Reappraisal of the Post-War Order

This roundtable session is supported by the Korea Foundation. About The Korea Foundation (KF) The Korea Foundation (KF) was established in 1991 to promote the charms of Korea to the world in order to deepen mutually friendly international civil networks. Since its founding, the KF has worked on various foreign exchange programs including the promotion


Reports from CULCON: Cultural and Educational Interchanges between Japan and the U.S.

This roundtable session is supported by CULCON. Abstract The U.S.-Japan Conference on Cultural and Educational Interchange (CULCON) is the binational advisory group established in 1961 to further deepen the dialogue among cultural, educational and intellectual spheres, and it has been serving to submit the policy recommendations to both heads of the states in the past

Nichibunken Sponsors AAS-in-Asia 2020

The International Research Center for Japanese Studies (Nichibunken) was founded in Kyoto, 1987. Devoted to interdisciplinary and comprehensive research on Japanese culture from a global perspective, it is an inter-university research institute supported by government funds. Nichibunken provides research cooperation and support for Japanese studies scholars around the world. Library and Resources Nichibunken performs the