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Hear the Voices of the Dead?
Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 6:00pm to Thursday, November 30, 2017 - 8:00pm
Hear the Voices of the Dead?

 

The PSU Center for Japanese Studies presents

Hear the Voices of the Dead?

Religious Experience and the Northeast Japan Disaster

 

Jun'ichi Isomae

International Research Center for Japanese Studies in Kyoto

 

November 30, 2017 | 6pm

Smith Memorial Student Union Room 238

Free and Open to the Public

 

Six years have passed since the Northeast Japan Disaster (the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster that left more than 18.000 dead and many more forced to evacuate long-term).  But people in Northeast Japan have been aching in their hearts.  They continue to feel resentment about losing family members and property, but also guilt about their own survival. Their experiences, which are almost beyond description, force us to reconsider the dark side of the economic developed society.  Nowadays it is obvious their economic growth has not provided the happiness equally to all the Japanese people.  In reference to the huge number of the dead and other victims who continue to suffer, what kind of words can we give them?  In my lecture, I search the technology to connect ourselves to the dead and the victims in order to explore the true meaning of modern life. Even in the modern world, can we co-exist with unfamiliar others.  For example, have you heard voices from the dead?