Profound Art and Cultural Investigation Tour to Japan
29 June-4 July, 2015
Tour Co-ordinators: Ms. Iris CHAN, Dr. Sheren CHENG
Lecturers of Division of Communication and Division of Arts and Languages led a cultural study tour to Kyoto and the West District of Biwako Lake in Shiga Prefecture, Japan. 24 Associate Degree students joined to investigate the interwoven relationship between traditional Japanese culture and art creativity. Students were deeply impressed by the hospitable local people and their simple living style, which fully illustrate Japanese philosophical, cultural and artistic thinking. From the modern architecture in Kyoto JR railway station to the beauty of traditional gardens such as Murin An, and natural water purification systems in Harie, it was totally an eye opening experience. Interesting activities also included staying in local households in the village near terraced rice fields, learning the bamboo art and tea ceremony, visiting hand dye artist Mr. Gensho Yamamoto. Students also participated in group discussions and presentations to reflect on what they have found during the trip. Fruitful memories together with true friendships were earned, as well as knowledge and exposure.
Enjoy the simplicity of life
LAW Ching Lam, Janice （Cultural Studies, Year 2）
I had experienced a lot in this six-day tour, such as catching the running somen noodle, visiting the water system in Harie, Seian University of Art and Design… Words are not enough to express my whole feeling.
After this trip, I understand how Japanese respect their traditions, culture and also nature in different aspects. In rural areas, they still keep the traditional sustainable farming method and lifestyle. They believe in the natural water from Lake Biwa, rather than the tap water, it shows their respect and pride in their nature. In today’s tea ceremony, they still keep all those complicated steps to make a traditional delicious cup of tea. Primary school students still learn how to play Karuta, a Japanese card game from the Edo period. Simple lifestyle show their conscientiousness towards their traditions. Japanese respects their traditions and nature; however, Hong Kong people will focus on economic development and sacrifice precious natural resources.
Finally, I have learned one simple, but important philosophy – “to be my primitive self”, which means using the most pure heart to feel everything.