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The Tang Prize Foundation Sponsors AAS-in-Asia 2020

The Tang Prize Foundation is delighted to be one of the sponsors of this year’s AAS-in-Asia conference. Founded in Taiwan in 2012, the biannual Tang Prize aims to draw urgent attention to the most critical issues facing humanity in the 21st century. To accomplish this goal, since 2014, it has been awarding remarkable achievements in

Rainbow Trading Co. Sponsors AAS-in-Asia 2020

Rainbow Trading Co. is a bookstore, specialising in distributing North Korean materials: books, paintings, propaganda posters, stamps, etc. The bookstore is run by the Japan-based academic Jun Miyagawa. The collection of materials include rare, limited edition books that are hard to find elsewhere around the world. If you are interested in North Korean printed materials,

Zen Buddhism and Well-being

There are three important elements in Zen meditation: calmness of mind, awareness of physical sensations, and observation of interactions between your physical body and social and physical environments. In our programs, you can learn not only how to meditate but also about Buddhist philosophy and history. Our programs focus on how you can incorporate Zen


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