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Handai-Asahi Nakanoshima Juku: "Thinking about the Future by thinking about Death"

2014-7-12 (Sat) 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon

The Handai-Asahi Nakanoshima Juku offers courses produced and sponsored by Osaka University and Asahi Culture Center. The Handai-Asahi Nakanoshima Juku was established at the time [Osaka University's] Nakanoshima Center was built in 2004.

These courses share results of research conducted at Osaka University with the general public in an easy-to-understand format. Leading lecturers give presentations on topics in culture, art, history, science, technology, health care, as well as seasonal and current topics.

Date & Time: Saturday, July 12, 2014 -- 10:30 a.m. ~ 12:00 noon

Tuition fee: ¥1,620

Lecturer: MATSUMOTO Hiroshi, Professor, Graduate School of Medicine, Osaka University

Since long ago, the Japanese people have mourned and held rites upon the departure of the deceased from this world. These things both showed respect for the dead and, at the same time, possibly lessened the fear of death for the mourners.

In recent years, funerals ceremonies have become simplified or even not held as people become very busy, live as members of a nuclear family, or even live alone. What is the modern funeral? Perhaps it's a time for making clear a cause of death. As such, understanding the causes of death may not be at all pessimistic or backward-looking, but rather a beneficial source for living.

In this lecture, making use of scientific data on death, we'll take a careful look at understanding our futures.

To make application, go to the Asahi Culture Center website.

Date: 2014-7-12 (Sat) 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon
Organizer: Kaitokudo for the 21st Century, Osaka University; Asahi Culture Center
Venue: Nakanoshima Center
Registration: Online registration is required. Go to the link given above to register.
Contact: Kaitokudo for the 21st Century

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