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JFKL Talk Series

Start Date: 24/3/2024 ::: Organized By JFKL

JFKL Talk Series is new a programme initiated to reach out to everyone and introduce more about Japan through the lenses of professionals in various fields. Through this programme, we hope that it is able to showcase the charms of Japan and instil curiosity on the multifaceted culture of the Land of the Rising Sun.



JFKL Talk Series-Episode 6 is BACK and will debut its first ever in-person session on the 24th of March @3PM!

This sixth episode is titled “Japanese Ridesharing Solves Social Problems? Lessons for Malaysia by Mr. Yosuke Uchiyama, a PhD candidate from the Department of East Asian Studies, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Universiti Malaya. This talk will be introducing an overview of ridesharing or car-pooling and its important role in Japan. Through this talk, Mr. Uchiyama will share how Japan’s culture of ridesharing tackle their national issues such as the aging population and low birth rates as well as lessons for Malaysia.   

Date: 24 March 2024 (Sunday), 3:00PM   
Venue: The Japan Foundation, Kuala Lumpur, 18th Floor, Northpoint Block B, Mid-Valley City 
Admission/Booking: Free Admission via scanning our QR code or by clicking HERE. Walk-in registration will also available.
Note: Remember to bring your Identification Card/Passport in order to get access to enter the building.

Stay tuned to our social media for more updates! See you soon!

Wednesday, 15 March 2023, 8:00 PM via FB Live

The fifth episode of JFKL Talk Series is titled “Transformation of Japanese Theatrescape: Form and Bodies (A Malaysian Perspective)” by Dr. Wong Oi Min, a drama/theatre educator, director, and actor.

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Title: Transformation of Japanese Theatrescape: Form and Bodies (A Malaysian Perspective)
This talk is divided into two segments to give an overview of the theatre landscape in Japan. We will first take a look at the various theatre forms that emerged namely during 1960s – 1980s. For the second segment, we will focus on the narratives of body through physical theatre of the Storehouse Company and Gekidan Kaitaisha.

About Dr. Wong Oi Min:
A PhD holder in Arts from Nihon University in Japan, Dr. Wong Oi Min is a drama/theatre educator, director, and actor. Currently, she is the Head of Doctorate Programme at the Centre for Postgraduate Studies at the National Academy of Arts, Culture and Heritage (ASWARA) in Malaysia. Her research interests are Physical Theatre, Applied Theatre and inter/cross-cultural work. She upholds her beliefs in crossing boundaries towards multicultural co-existence in her work.

Sunday, 26 February 2023, 3:00 PM via FB Live

The fourth episode of JFKL Talk Series is titled “Reading and Translating Haruki MURAKAMI” by Ms. Yap Yuet Ngor (Ye Hui), a translator and column writer.

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Title: Reading and Translating Haruki Murakami
This talk will be introducing the literature of Haruki Murakami, who has gained world-wide popularity. Through this talk, Ms. Yap hopes that more readers will develop a newfound interest in Japanese and translated literature. She will talk about how she encountered Murakami’s works, and briefly introduce his novels. She will then talk about the so-called Murakami phenomenon. We will also look at methods used in translation and how Murakami literature is received in Malaysia.

About Ms. Yap Yuet Ngor
Born in Kuala Lumpur, Ms Yap Yuet Ngor (Ye Hui) is currently working as a freelance translator and column writer. Approximately 300 of her translations have been released through publishers in Hong Kong. Starting in the early 1990s, one of the Hong Kong publishers invited her to translate Norwegian Wood, A Wild Sheep Chase, and Dance, Dance, Dance. Besides being a translator of Murakami for Chinese readers, she is also a researcher in the topic. She is the author of Taking A Walk with Peter Cut: A Map of Haruki Murakami’s Literary World, published in 2020 in Malaysia.

Friday, 25 March 2022, 8:00 PM via FB Live

The third episode of JFKL Talk Series is titled “An insight on the “Butoh” art form in Malaysia” by Mr. Lee Swee Keong, a “Butoh” practitioner and pioneer of the art form in Malaysia. This episode will also be featuring guest speakers Lena Ang and Dr. Richard Chua.

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Title: An insight on the “Butoh” art form in Malaysia
“Butoh” is a Japanese art form that has significantly influenced Malaysia’s dance scene since the early 1990s. In Japan, this art form rose to prominence in the late 1950s, which is known to be one of the most important movement in arts history. It encompasses a diverse range of activities, techniques and motivations for dance, performance, or movement. In this episode, we will be exploring “Butoh” in the Malaysia context with Lee Swee Keong, the pioneer of “Butoh” in Malaysia who has dedicated years to learning and teaching this art form.

About Mr. Lee Swee Keong
He is the artistic director of Kuala Lumpur BUTOH Festival (2008 – 2019) & Nyoba Kan Butoh. In the thirty years of immersive experience in the performance arts, Swee Keong has travelled widely around the globe with his art. Progressing from contemporary dance to ballet to a diverse range of traditional martial arts and different forms of physical training, especially in Qigong, Taichi, Butoh and Yoga, he developed Dhyana Dance (Dance of Mindfulness), through delving further into buddhism. Dhyana Dance is a combination of Qi and Quietude, that induces even the audience watching the performance, to heal together. In that same regard, he establishes Mindfulness theatre focusing on Meditative performance. By that right mindful spirit and intention, he has created EARTH WOMB 地藏, MASQUE OF REVELATION 四面观音 GREEN SNAKE 青蛇, SPIRITS PLAY 灵戏 & etc.

Sunday, 31 October 2021, 3:00 PM via FB Live

The second episode of JFKL’s Talk Series is titled “An invitation to the subtle beauty of Japanese Literature and the World of NATSUME Soseki” by Dr. Leong Yut Moy, a Japanese literary researcher in the School of Media, Languages and Cultures, University of Nottingham Malaysia.

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Title: An invitation to the subtle beauty of Japanese Literature and the World of NATSUME Soseki
This talk provides an overview of Japanese Literature in various forms including prose and verse, and a glimpse into the world of one of the most widely acclaimed Japanese national writers in the Meiji era, NATSUME Soseki (1867-1916). Not only did the everlasting “I Am a Cat” and “Botchan” fascinate readers in the Meiji era, but they also continued to gain their popularity in modern days while serving a special purpose in his quest of expression.

About Dr. Leong Yut Moy
Dr. Leong Yut Moy is a Japanese literary researcher in the School of Media, Languages and Cultures, University of Nottingham Malaysia. She earned her MA and PhD in Japanese Literature from Hiroshima University, Japan. Her main literary research focuses on modern Japanese Literature in Meiji era, and comparative studies between NATSUME Soseki, English and German writers. She has also been involving in various forms of Creative Writing such as short novels and poetry in Chinese and Japanese, as well as literary translation published in Gendaishi Techō (Japan). Her award-winning poems have been selected in the World Poetry Almanac two years consecutively.

Sunday, 25 July 2021, 3:00 PM via FB Live

The first episode of this inaugural talk series is titled “Longing and belonging: Portraits of different people in Japan” by Mr. Mahen Bala. Mahen is a Malaysian documentarian and visual artist who has worked on documenting Malaysian culture and history for more than a decade.

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Title: Longing and belonging: Portraits of different people in Japan
In early 2020, I arrived in Japan on a research trip to explore railway heritage and history from the Japanese perspective. It was an opportunity to observe how train travel, museums, and railway history defined national and communal constructs of identity across the Japanese landscape. In this light-hearted talk, I will share my research findings, the places I visited, and most importantly the people I met. Among many others, I will tell you about my most treasured souvenirs and who gave them to me: the red plastic folder, the polka-dotted paper crane, and the golden manekineko from a ramen shop. After more than a year of lockdown and travel restrictions, I hope this lighthearted sharing session will remind us of the magic of connecting with strangers, and in the process, discover new insights into Japanese culture and history.

About Mahen Bala
His primary interest is in investigating the human experience, and how memory shapes personal and communal constructs of history. In 2018, he published ‘Postcards from the South’, a comprehensive documentation of memory and history of the Malaysian railways. In 2020 he completed a Fellowship with the Japan Foundation Asia Center, and is currently pursuing his Masters at the University of Malaya.


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