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Inaugural Peace Symposium: Peacemaking at the Intersection of Culture, Art, and Nature
Sep 21, 2022
On September 21, the United Nations’ International Day of Peace, the Japan Institute of Portland Japanese Garden will hold its inaugural Peace Symposium, “Peacemaking at the Intersection of Culture, Art, and Nature” in Tokyo, Japan. The symposium will be held at the International House of Japan’s Iwasaki Koyata Hall and explores how peacemaking can be accomplished at the intersection of culture, art, and nature, using Portland Japanese Garden as a case study when it comes to public spaces that have made transformative social impacts.
The signature moment of “Peacemaking at the Intersection of Culture, Art, and Nature” in Tokyo will be a keynote address from Her Imperial Highness, Princess Takamado, as conveyed by her daughter, Her Imperial Highness, Princess Tsuguko. Taro Kono, Minister of Digital Affairs of Japan and member of the House of Representatives, will also give a keynote speech, followed by James Kondo, Chairman of the International House of Japan, who will be giving special remarks.
The symposium includes two panel discussions:
- “Japanese Gardens – Transforming Global Cultural Landscapes” featuring panelists: Isoya Shinji, Former President, Prof. Emeritus of Tokyo Univ. of Agriculture; Hiromi Matsugi, Assistant Professor, International Research Center for Japanese Studies; Marc Peter Keane, Garden Designer and Author; moderated by Sadafumi Uchiyama, Chief Curator of Portland Japanese Garden and Director of the International Japanese Garden Training Center.
- “Re-imagining Peace at the Intersection of Culture, Art, and Nature”, featuring panelists: Mami Kataoka, Director, Mori Art Museum; Masayuki Wakui, Landscape Architect and Distinguished Professor at Tokyo City University; Junya Ishigami, Architect and CEO, Junya Ishigami + Associates; moderated by Akihito Nakanishi, Arlene Schnitzer Curator of Culture, Art, and Education, Portland Japanese Garden.