25.06.2014 - 00:00:00
High School Students Visit Photo Exhibition IKIRU
What is it like to watch a tsunami wave strike your hometown, leaving behind utter devastation, thus completely changing your life within minutes? How does one cope with such a disastrous situation and go on with one’s life? The exhibition ‘IKIRU – We Survive’, currently presented at the IN-EAST Institute, provided answers to these questions to intrigued high school students visiting a Japanese supplementary class in Düsseldorf as well as a group of students from the Willy-Brandt-Gesamtschule Bochum. The photographs are taken by people who lived in the affected area and captured the disaster on camera.
"Each student received different messages from the exhibition, but the common experience every student took away was that they were all deeply shaken by the photos," said Yoshika Hirata-Oen, teacher for the Japanese supplementary class. "It was a great opportunity for my class to link this highly meaningful exhibition with what we are currently learning in the area of Japanese social studies. We came all the way from Düsseldorf to see the exhibition and it was truly a wonderful occasion for us to discover this facet of the IN-EAST institute."
The IN-EAST Institute of East Asian Studies is delighted to be able to present the collection of pictures and invites local pupils and visitors of all ages to discover the exhibition in the hallways of the LE building until 22nd of July – free of charge, open access.
About the photo exhibition "IKIRU – We Survive!"
The Institute of East Asian Studies in cooperation with the Japan Foundation (JKI) and the Japan Professional Photographers Society (JPS) presents the exhibition of photographs titled "IKIRU – We Survive!" to commemorate the Tsunami catastrophe following the Great East Japan Earthquake on March 11, 2011.
Professional and non-professional photographers have contributed to the collection of pictures. Some photographs were taken while the tsunami stroke the country, others show people in the region in northeastern Japan during the first year after the disaster occurred. A third part of the exhibition presents the natural beauty of the area and the local live prior to the catastrophe, reaching back as far as decades ago.
University of Duisburg-Essen, Campus Duisburg
On three floors, floor 5–7, LE building
March 11 – July 22, 2014
Free of charge
Please find more information here (in German, flyer IN-EAST): https://www.uni-due.de/in-east_former_website/fileadmin/exhibitions/IKIRU_Flyer.pdf
The exhibition is sponsored by the Institute for Work, Skills and Training (IAQ).