Category: Meetings

July 2019 SIETAR Kansai (co-sponsored by JALT Osaka)

Music in our brains–a universal human characteristic

  • Speaker:  Dr. Amanda Gillis-Furutaka
  • Date: July 28, 2019 (Sunday)
  • Time: 14:00-17:00
  • Venue: Takatsuki Shiritsu Shogai Gakushu Center, 3F Room 1 (10 minutes from JR Takatsuki station, 8 minutes from Hankyu Takatsuki-shi station) 高槻市立生涯学習センター 3階 Room 1. JR高槻駅より徒歩10分; 阪急駅高槻市駅8分
  • Fee: Free for members and students; 500 yen for non-members. No preregistration required.
  • Language: English
  • Social event (optional): Dinner after the session at a restaurant nearby. Reservations for dinner required by July 24th.
  • Contact:

Description of the program

We are the only species on the planet that makes music. Moreover, all human societies make music of some kind. This is because music is hardwired into the human brain, just as language is. In this workshop we will examine what music is, and explore the ways in which our brains “hear” and respond to various kinds of music: both music that is familiar and music from other cultures. We will also look into the differences between recorded and live musical performances and discuss ways in which music is an integral part of our daily lives. My aim is that by the end of the workshop, we will all consider ourselves truly “musical” and appreciate the effects that music can have on the brain, providing numerous benefits to our overall wellbeing.

Profile of the speaker

Dr. Amanda Gillis-Furutaka is a professor of English and British Culture at Kyoto Sangyo University. She became fascinated by the findings of neuroscience when she first started working on her PhD in Music and has continued to explore recent discoveries about various aspects of the brain and how they can be applied to daily life. She is Program Chair of the JALT Mind Brain and Education SIG and a regular presenter and contributor to the SIG’s monthly magazines called Think Tanks.

June 2019 SIETAR Kansai Co-sponsored with: The Society of Business Administration Ryukoku University Cross-Cultural Business Communication Kenkyu-kai (Study Group)

Documentary Film: 600,000 Tries – the Osaka Korean high school rugby team. Towards a Japanese society where all are equally respected

Speaker:  Park Donsa (Co-director)
Date: Saturday June 29, 2019 
Time: 14:00-17:00
Venue: Takatsuki Shiritsu Sogo Shimin Koryu Center (2 minutes walk from JR Takatsuki Station), Audiovisual room (5th floor) Tel. 072-685-3721
Fee: Free for members and students; 500 yen for non-members. No preregistration required.
Language: Film in Japanese and Korean (with English and Japanese subtitles, an interpreter is available for Q & A )
Social event (optional): Dinner after the session at a restaurant nearby. Reservations for dinner required by June 26th. Contact:

Description of the program:
The Rugby World Cup will be held in Japan this year from September, and the Hanazono Rugby Football Stadium in Higashi-Osaka City is one of the venues for the matches. Osaka Korean High School has a powerful rugby team, and the school is located near this stadium. The efforts of this rugby team were closely followed for three years, and the result was this documentary film depicting the students of the rugby football team. The film captured the students’ youthful energy along with their love of K-pops, J-pops, as well as the popular songs of North Korea.
Recently, Korean schools in Japan have been facing great difficulties. They are excluded from the law allowing free education, and funding from the local governments has been suspended or reduced. Furthermore, equal opportunity for the employment of Korean residents in Japan is not fully promoted. After the film there will be an opportunity to talk with one of the two directors. Through watching the film and talking with the director, it will be a good occasion to reflect upon the possibility of a Japanese society where everyone is equally respected.

Profile of director:
Park Donsa is the Co-director of 600,000 Tries. He is a third-generation Korean resident in Japan. He was born in Kyoto and raised in Kobe and Osaka, and he began his career in filmmaking in 2008. In 2010 he founded a film company named, Komapress, together with Park Sayu, who is a journalist from Seoul and the other director of the film. The two started to make this film in 2010 and completed it in 2013.