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)  https://goo.gl/maps/Q5jm7UxbGZVqyQ1X9 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: fujimotodonna@@gmail.com

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.

May 2019 SIETAR Kansai: Brahma Kumaris – Raj Yoga meditation and philosophy  

Speaker:    Lalita Pathela
Date: Sunday, May 26, 2019 
Time: 14:00-17:00
Venue: Brahma Kumaris Raja Yoga Centre, Aotani Plaza #301, 4-1-3, Aotani- cho, Nada-ku, Kobe

Telephone: 078 882 5019


From Sannomiya station, bus no.# 2 or #18 bound for Rokko. 15 mins. get off at “Aotani Bashi”.

The bus stop is in front of an apartment building, “Aotani Plaza”—go to #301

From Hankyu Rokko station, bus no #2, bound for Sannomiya. 7-8 mins. get off at Aotani Bashi. Cross the road to the apartment building “Aotani Plaza”–go to #301

Fee: Free for members, students, and friends

Language:  English and Japanese

Sign up is required. To sign up, contact Donna Fujimoto (fujimotodonna@gmail.com). Include your name, how many people, and cell phone number Sign-up Deadline: May 22, 2019

Sign-up Deadline: May 22, 2019

We request guests not to carry any non-veg food in the centre.


Description of the program:

Brahma Kumaris is a worldwide spiritual movement dedicated to personal transformation and world renewal. Founded in 1937, Brahma Kumaris, with its spiritual headquarters in Mount Abu, India, comprises a global network of more than 8500 centers in over 130 countries, and it is an international NGO (non-governmental organization) of the United Nations. It is the largest spiritual organization in the world led by women. Brahma Kumaris offers a wide variety of programs, workshops, and retreats on the spiritual dimension of personal development, community building, and the well-being of our planet. It has also been actively participating in climate change conferences.

Participants in this session will see a brief video about Raj Yoga meditation and philosophy. There will be a guided meditation followed by a question and answer session. In the latter part, there will be a workshop on Virtues, a hands-on game called Discovering Virtues, and finally a guided meditation commentary on Virtues. Questions about the organization, the philosophy, and about the experience of meditation will be warmly welcomed.


Profile of speaker:

Lalita Pathela grew up in Assam and Delhi and came to Japan in 1978. After a few years, she became interested in studying different religions. This was probably preparation for opening her mind to spirituality, as soon afterwards she came across a Brahma Kumaris meditation teacher visiting Kobe. Lalita’s logical and rational mind, coupled with an unconventional character, had finally found a teaching that made complete sense and quickly brought her back to a disciplined lifestyle.

Lalita is a meditation teacher at the Kobe Brahma Kumaris center, conducting courses, workshops and parents’ retreats in Japan and other countries. She has also worked as an Assistant Language Teacher in Japanese high schools, has taught English at the Kobe YWCA, has been a Hindi tutor to Indian children studying at Canadian Academy, has been a judge for oratorical contests, and has taught Indian vegetarian cooking classes.