Japan in Aachen – Politics Met Tradition

  Ernst Schmachtenberg and Kaoru Shimazaki Copyright: © Nadine Hermanns RWTH Rector Ernst Schmachtenberg and Kaoru Shimazaki, Japanese Consul General in Düsseldorf, at "Japan in Aachen," which was recently held at the RWTH Aachen Main Building.

After Rector Schmachtenberg welcomed guests and Kaoru Shimazaki, Japanese Consul General in Düsseldorf, gave a short address, RWTH students gave a kendo demonstration. This modern form of Japanese exhibition fighting with bamboo swords impressed the audience with its energetic athleticism in traditional clothing.

Prof. Dr. Werner Pascha from the University of Duisburg-Essen spoke on the topic "What non, Japan and Germany? Options of Mature Economies." Prof. em. Dr. Winfried Flüchter invited the audience to participate in a discussion after his talk "Japan and Germany after Fukushima. Contradictions of National Energy Politics."

Members of the University of Düsseldorf kimono club presented traditional Japanese fashion. They impressively showed off this clothing article's characteristic features.

The Japanese drumming group TAIKO MIYABI rounded out the event with a taiko demonstration and performance.

Source: Press and Public Relations