After regular language classes, we listened to a lecture by Dr. David Clark about the history of math in Japan and its evolution in tandem with religious and cultural practices. At first, many students did not jump at the idea of hearing a 90-minute lecture on math, but afterwards, their opinions were certainly changed. We got a taste of the unique beauty of traditional algebra and geometry problems in the Edo Period and beyond. Some students even took up the challenge of solving one of these problems, famous for its difficulty. Thank you, Dr. Clark!
After more oshibai practice and dinner (of course), we had the privilege of watching a live, life-changing performance of Japanese cultural music, played on the koto, a traditional string instrument often called the “Japanese harp.” Not only were we able to listen to performances of many different beautiful pieces, but many students were even able to try playing the koto themselves! We’d like to send a big thank you to Miki and Miki for their amazing playing, and for taking the time to share their talents and another aspects of Japanese culture with us. Also, make sure to check out and support their YouTube channel, if you’d like!
See you soon! じゃあ、また！
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