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Asahi/University Partners Symposium Interpreting the newly-discovered "Painted Screen depicting Osaka during the Toyotomi Period"

Date & Time: Saturday, September 29, 2007, 13:00-16:30

Venue: Business Innovation Center Osaka
Event Hall, 4th floor
Honmachi, Chuo-ku, Osaka
Application for admission necessary

Contents:
"A magnificent palace and a standing-out five-layered castle tower. Various types of people come and go in the castle town. A crowd surround two potable shrines, excited with the festival." These are the descriptions of the scene depicted on the painted screen decorated in "Indian Room" of Schloss Eggenberg, one of the Landesmuseum Joanneum in Graz, the second largest city of Austria.

Landesmuseum Joanneum's Artistic Director, Mr. Peter Pakesch asked Dr. Franziska Ehmcke of University of Cologne to find out more about this depicted painted screen. Bringing its picture, Dr. Ehmcke visited Naniwa/Osaka Cultural Heritage Studies Research Center of Kansai University last year as an invited researcher. The Center's research staff, including Hiroshi Kitagawa, the Vice Chief of Research Section at Osaka Castle Tower confirmed that the scene on the painted screen is Osaka during the Toyotomi Period, which is rarely found in Japan. Dr. Ehmcke delivered a lecture on the painted screen at Kansai University, and its contents along with the color photo of the painted screen made the front page of the following day's Asahi Newspaper.

Asahi/University Partners Symposium, "Interpreting the newly-discovered 'Painted Screen depicting Osaka during the Toyotomi Period'" will be held based on the research collaboration agreement among Kansai University Naniwa/Osaka Cultural Heritage Studies Research Center, Landesmuseum Joanneum, and Osaka Castle Tower. The symposium examines the "Painted Screen depicting Osaka during the Toyotomi Period" through comparing it with other remaining painted screens depicting Osaka as well as paintings of Kyoto. Suntory Foundation kindly assisted this symposium with its research grant. All interested public are welcome to apply for the admission.

Speakers:

     Special Lecture:
      Mr. Peter Pakesch (Artistic Director, Landesmuseum Joanneum)

     Keynote Speech:
      Dr. Franziska Ehmcke (Professor, Japanology, East Asian Seminar, University of Cologne, Germany) 

     Panelists:
      Ms. Barbara Kaiser (Chief Curator, Scholss Eggenberg Museum)
      Dr. Hiroyuki Kano (Professor, Faculty of Culture and Information Science, Doshisya University)
      Mr. Hiroshi Kitagawa (Vice Chief, Research Section, Osaka Castle Tower and Researcher,
      Kansai University Naniwa/Osaka Cultural Heritage Studies Research Center) 

     Interpreter:
      Dr. Masako Sugitani (Professor, Institute of Foreign Language Education and Research)

     Coordinator:
      Dr. Takahiro Takahashi (Professor, Faculty of Letters, Kansai University and Director,
      Kansai University Naniwa/Osaka Cultural Heritage Studies Research Center)

Application Process:
Send your zip code, address, name and phone number via post card, fax or e-mail to: Kansai University Naniwa/Osaka Cultural Heritage Studies Research Center, APS Section, FAX 06-6368-0092, or na-byobu@jm.kansai-u.ac.jp, by September 14, 2007. Admission may be decided by lot if applications exceed the capacity.

For more information:
Naniwa/Osaka Cultural Heritage Studies Research Center, APS Section
C/O Kansai University Museum
3-3-35 Yamate-cho, Suita-shi
OSAKA 564-8680
TEL: 06-6368-0095
FAX: 06-6368-0092
E-mail: na-byobujm.kansai-u.ac.jp

September 13, 2007 10:09 AM  UP

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