Our Activities (February 2007)
Japanese Violinist Midori Goto Performs at the National Concert Hall
Ambassador Hayashi and Ms. Midori Goto
World-renowned violinist from Japan Ms. Midori Goto performed at the National Concert Hall on February 15th (sponsored by Kikkoman), which wonderfully celebrated the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Japan and Ireland. Accompanied by Mr. Robert McDonald on the piano, Ms. Goto’s delicate but overwhelming skill in performing challenging works by Schumann, Beethoven and Ravel enchanted the large Dublin audience. Despite just having finished her performance, Ms. Goto attended the post-concert reception hosted by Ambassador Hayashi and mingled with the guests queuing for her autographs.
Ambassador Hayashi Delivered A Lecture at Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT)
On 12th February, Ambassador Hayashi delivered a lecture entitled “Japan’s Economic Resurrection and New Foreign Policy Emphasis – Japan under Prime Minister Abe” at the Department of International Business, Faculty of Business at Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT). The lecture was attended by over 80 students (mainly postgraduate and partly undergraduate) and lecturers from related research areas. After the lecture, participants expressed their interest in a number of challenges facing the Japanese economy, along with remedies and measures to cope with those challenges. Moreover, some participants also commented that there were limited opportunities to listen to a lecture dealing with both economic and foreign policy aspects of Japan, expressing it was informative.
The HUMI Project (Keio University) Photography Team's Visit to the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin
Since its launch in 1996, the HUMI (Humanities Media Interface) Project, Keio University of Japan, has conducted research on digital archiving of rare books and manuscripts. The HUMI Project photography team is currently in Dublin to shoot digital photographs of Nara e-hon (old Japanese picture books) housed at the Chester Beatty Library (CBL). On 9th February, Ambassador Hayashi was invited to visit the CBL where the photography team was involved in taking a picture of each page of a Nara e-hon manuscript with a 22,000,000 pixel high definition digital camera. This is the fourth time the photography team has visited the CBL to digitalise the CBL's rare Nara e-hon and emaki (Japanese picture scrolls). The digital pictures of Nara e-hon and emaki taken by the team will be put on a database and will be accessible for various research projects in the future.