The purpose of this site is to stir the imagination and examine current views of Japanese artists in a variety of fields (Japanese writers, Japanese composers, Japanese sculptors, Japanese painters, Japanese historians, Japanese intellectuals, Japanese poets, Japanese architects, Japanese film producers, Japanese choreographers and others) on using the 2011 Tohoku earthquake to define a New Japan. The objective is to explore a Japanese understanding, philosophy or existential experience in face of natural and man-made crisis (the earthquake, tsunami & the Japan nuclear power plant). Together, we wish to define a vision for Japan in positive terms that can lead to greater comprehension, compassion, liberation and realization.
Japanese Art & Culture can Stir New Vision of Humanity
The website presents a letter to the Japanese people with a vision of how artists and individual citizens could together define a new vision for Japan. It will include a commentary on artists, works, or individuals who are moving Japan in a positive direction. In the future, we will also post interviews with key individuals in Japanese art, culture, and society who wish to discuss a positive vision for Japan and incite both the old and young to act. We will include examples of artistic propositions to be interpreted freely by Japanese artists which could incite the imagination of the Japanese. Finally, to help individual Japanese citizens use the crisis as a means for greater comprehension, compassion, liberation and realization, we will post articles about a psychology of crisis, balance and building meaning in our everyday lives.
A Call to the Japanese and to Each Other : The World’s Most Valuable Asset in a Time of Crisis
Efforts by the Japanese to use crisis as an opportunity to define itself in positive terms could inspire other nations in a difficult international context to ask important questions during their own economic, natural, or man-made crisis– each with respect to their own traditions, culture and specificity. In that sense, the articles on this site has relevance to other countries or continents such as the U.S. or Europe which also face crisis. How individuals and societies collectively chose to respond to crisis and emerge beyond a previous understanding can and should be explored together.
Opinions Mentioned on the Website
All errors are mine and I ask indulgence. The website is the first step in an investigation to explore a possible philosophy or understanding in the face of crisis, and is by no means conclusive. Each individual who is interviewed on this site is not responsible for the views of all others on this site nor does that individual embrace a common philosophy or message. Likewise, commentaries posted on this site are the sole opinion of the author of each article. Dr. Paul Briot and I can have different opinions and unless stated in this blog that we sign something together, the opinion is mine. There are of course many other valid perspectives to be considered. Differences of opinions are encouraged. Naturally, the response of a few individuals does not constitute the whole. And yet, it may be sufficient to stir the imagination.
About the Author of the Blog, Leiko Ishizuka
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