Year: 2007

SIETAR Japan, Kansai Chapter, November 2007   “Experiential Cosmology beyond Language and Ethnicity through Oral Literature and Music”

Presenter:    Ms. Aki Nagane

Date:              November 11 ( Sunday), 2:00pm-4:00pm

Place:         Takatsuki Shiritsu Shogai Gakushu Center

               (10 minutes walk from JR Takatsuki station or Hankyu

               Takatsukishi station),  Tel:  072-674-7700


Fee:          500yen for members and students, 1.000yen for non-members

Lnguage:     Japanese


Description of the Presentation

   Only one hundred years and some decades have passed since most of the residents in Hokkaido came to be predominantly made up of those who do not have faith in Ainu gods.  Just dating back to four generations ago, there was a world where people prayed to their gods.  It was not very far from the present.  An Ainu fuchi, an old lady who was born in the Meji Era, introduced me to her (Ainu) world through Ainu stories.  If you immerse  yourself in the story telling, even if you can not understand the language, you might experience some of the cosmology behind the stories.”

(She will tell a story in Ainu language and play the Mukkuri instrument.)

Profile of the Presenter

Born and raised in Chitose, Hokkaido, she started to get involved with Ainu culture in 1993, the special year for International Indigenous People.

It was at this time that she attended an Ainu language course and encountered mukkuri, an Ainu musical instrument.  Under the instruction of Phillpe Dalle, a famous mukkuri player living in Switzerland, she learned mukkukri and became the winner of the fourth Mukkuri competition in Hokkaido in 1999.  Ms. Nagane published her first book about how to play mukkuri in 2000.  Her first solo album titled “Monola” came out in 2001.  She moved to Kyoto in 2004 to pursue other interests.  Since then she has been active as both a mukkuri player and a coordinator of Ainu culture activities.





SIETAR Japan Kansai Chapter, October 2007 Preparing Japanese University Students for the Challenge of Study Abroad: Experiences and Insights of Ryugakusei

Presenter:     Prof. Teresa Bruner Cox (Soai University)

Date:          October 7, 2007 (Sunday),  1:30pm- 3:30pm

Place:         Takatsuki Shiritsu Sogo Shimin Koryu Center, Rm 3

               (1 minute walk from JR Takatsuki Station), Tel.072-685-3721


Fee:                500 yen for members and students: 1,000 yen for non-members

Language:     English


Description of the Presentation

     Each year, many Japanese university students participate in long-term study abroad programs in English-speaking countries.  What challenges do they face, and how well are sponsoring institutions preparing them for the intercultural academic experience?  To see what could be learned from students who have already been abroad, the presenter did in-depth debriefing interviews with students from Kansai area universities who had returned from a year abroad at a university in the USA or Canada.  Selections from these interviews which focused on academic life have been made into a training video, Japanese Students Abroad: Academic Challenge and Strategies for Success(日本とアメリカ・カナダの大学教育の相違と留学成功法).  The video is aimed specifically for Japanese university students who intend to study abroad in the future.

         This presentation will be of interest to international program advisors and administrators. Cross-cultural trainers, and Japanese university students interested in studying abroad.  (The presenter will speak in English but the interview video excerpts are in Japanese.)


Profile of Presenter

Teresa Bruner Cox is a professor at Soai University in Osaka.  She has taught EFL and intercultural Communication at university level and to business people in Japan for more than thirty years.  In recent years her research focus has been on the experiences of Japanese ryugakusei and on preparation for study abroad.  She graduated from the University of California,Berkeley with a major in Anthropology, and she received her M.A.T.(TEFL/TESL) from The School for International Training in Vermont.

Kansai SIETAR May 2007 Program Japanese American Filmmaker Presents her Latest Work

Speaker:       Dr. Satsuki Ina, Cross-cultural psychotherapist and filmmaker

Date:            Saturday, May 19, 2007

Time:            5:00 to 8:00 p.m. (doors open at 5:00)

Venue:               Takatsuki Shiritsu Sogo Shimin Koryu Center 

(高槻市立総合市民交流センター)視聴覚室 5th floor

(1 minute from JR Takatsuki Station)

Fee:                   500 yen for members and students; 1,000 yen for non-members

Sponsors:            SIETAR Kansai, the Nikkei Gathering & Osaka JALT


Dr. Satsuki Ina was born in a U.S.internment camp during World War II. She has made an Emmy award-winning docudrama about her family’s heartbreaking story of their incarceration. Although the events of this story happened over 60 years ago, the issues of loyalty, patriotism, resistance, dissidence, racial profiling, and personal liberties during times of war remain with us today in the post 9/11 world. Dr. Ina is currently visiting Japan from California, and she will be on hand to answer questions after the screening of “From a Silk Cocoon.” (in English with Japanese subtitles)