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March ASJ lecture meeting

Date: Monday, 09 March 2015
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Speaker: Prof. Yumiko Kamada
Title: “Persian and Indian Textiles in Early Modern Japan”
Venue: Shibuya Kyoiku Gakuen (SKG)
Address: 1-21-18 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0002
Access: About a 15-minute stroll from Shibuya station’s Hachiko exit. Map.


Abstract
The Japanese valued imported textiles including those from Persia and India. This paper will discuss in what social and cultural contexts Japanese used such textiles in the 16th to 18th centuries. Special attention will be paid to the circumstances in which Persian and Indian textiles were incorporated into the tea ceremony. An explanation will follow of how Persian and Indian carpets were brought to Japan and subsequently found a place in Shinto festivals, especially in the Kyoto Gion Festival.

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Forthcoming ASJ Meeting

Date: Monday, 20 April 2015
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Speaker: Dr. Erich A. Berendt, former ASJ President (2000-2002)
Title: “Cultures of Learning: How underlying cognitive patterns impinge upon our expectations in the learning domain”
Venue: Shibuya Kyoiku Gakuen (SKG)
Address: 1-21-18 Shibuya, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0002
Access: About a 15-minute stroll from Shibuya station’s Hachiko exit. Map.


Abstract
Behavioral differences reflecting cultures of learning can be seen through an analysis of underlying semantic patterns (cognitive metaphors) in the discourses of the learning domain. Based on contemporary cognitive metaphor, Japanese, English, Thai and Finnish aspects will be discussed with implications for learning expectations and conceptual translation, e.g. GOOD TEACHER concepts, LEARNING AS A CONTAINER/COMMODITY, etc.
References
1. Berendt, Metaphors for Learning: Cross-cultural Perspectives (2008) J. Benjamns.
2. Berendt, “The Discourse and epistemology of ideas: the role of metaphors” (2009) AJLCS Vol.3 (1/2) Assumption U Press.
3. Berendt, For Communicaiton and Learning: Research in Spoken and Applied Discourse (2010) Assumption University Press.
4. Berendt & Tanita, “The ‘heart’ of things: a conceptual metaphoric analysis of Heart and related body parts in Thai, Japanese and English” (2011) ICS 20 (1).
5. Berendt & Mattson, “Poles Apart: Protocols of Expectations about Finnish and Thai Teachers Researching Cultures of Learning (2013) Palgrave-Macmillan.


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