JFKL June 2022

Okinawa×Asia Exchange Project

The Japan Foundation Asia Center held a series of lectures and cultural exchange events from January to February 2022, connecting Okinawa and other Asian cities online.

Check out the series of videos by scanning the QR Code to find out more about this project!

“Bringing Asia together through Intangible Cultural Heritage Round table talk”

Researchers and performers from six Asian countries introduced the traditional performing arts of each country listed on UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage List such as “Mak yong” dance from Malaysia, “Wayang golek” (puppet theater) from Indonesia, “Khon” masked theatre from Thailand, “Nha nhac” Vietnamese court music, Indian “Kutiyattam” (Sanskrit classic play), and “Kumiodori” musical theater from Okinawa. Featuring Mr. Eddin Khoo of PUSAKA, the speakers exchanged opinions on the current situation during the COVID-19 pandemic and efforts to pass on the performing arts to the younger generation.

Watch link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ueo7mdnQ-_E

Connecting Islands, Discussing Life and Culture
Exchange Session: Traditional culture and modern life
– Taketomi Island x Penang

George Town, Penang and Taketomi Island, Okinawa are facing the problem of “overtourism,” where the number of tourists exceeds the capacity of the city to accept them. Featuring Dr. Ang Ming Chee of George Town World Heritage Incorporated and Mr. UESEDO Takumi of Ethical Island Taketomi, they discussed on the current situation of each region, the issues they are facing, their plans for urban development, and discuss how to address these current issues.

Watch link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=omQs9_IeRfE

Connecting Islands, Discussing Life and Culture
Exchange Session: Traditional culture and modern life
– Kume Island × Malaysia

With the changes in people’s lifestyles in the modern-day, how to preserve and pass on local traditional cultures is an important issue that crosses international borders. In this session featuring Dr. Welyne Jeffrey Jehom from Universiti Malaya and Ms. MIYARA Miyuki of the Kumejima Museum, they discussed on how traditional lifestyles and traditional crafts should be passed down in modern life and how to harmonize tradition and modernity while sharing examples of initiatives from the two regions.

Watch link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r_HJszstmCI