University plans a weeklong look at Japan, its culture and history

May 02, 2011

As part of its recently announced Asia Initiative, Lander University will host a “Focus on Japan” celebration during the week of Sept. 19-23. The celebration will feature a wide range of activities, spotlighting many aspects of Japanese life, education, business and culture.

Dr. Sung-Jae Park, Lander’s interim dean of International Programs, said, “During ‘Focus on Japan Week’ there will be numerous programs and activities promoting Japan, its people and culture and its contribution to all sectors of global development. Takuji Hanatani, Consul General of Japan in Atlanta, has indicated his willingness to be a keynote speaker.”

The weeklong event will include lectures on Japanese history, language and other topics and an update on the nation’s progress in recovering from the devastating earthquake and tsunami in March.

There will also be Japanese tea ceremonies; dance, martial arts and origami demonstrations, a fashion show, films and other entertainment.

Park said Lander University will sponsor a series of conferences over the next five years focusing on the issues of internationalization and global change. He added, “The objective is to provide a forum in which students, scholars, and educators from around the world can come together to learn more about each other's cultural traditions and to dialogue about shared human interests and concerns for today and in the future.”

Lander president Daniel Ball said “Focus on Japan” will be a special occasion for the university and the Greenwood community which, since 1988, has been the home of FUJIFILM South Carolina, the corporation’s North American manufacturing and research and development headquarters. “We at Lander are committed to promoting international good will and friendship among the people of Japan and the United States,” Ball added.

“Focus on Japan” is meant to be a community celebration and the public will be able to attend all events free of charge.