Confucius Institute at Kansai Gaidai University Holds 7th Chinese Cultural Exhibition

[Source]    Division of Confucius Institute Affairs [Time]    2010-09-26 15:56:07 

September 19th—the Confucius Institute at Kansai Gaidai University successfully held its 7th Chinese cultural exhibition, which attracted some 580 high school students and parents.

With help from volunteer Zhao Lan, the Confucius Institute’s Deputy Director Deng Yunling gave a lecture on “Chinese Poetry Appreciation and Chinese Calligraphy”. The Deputy Director first interacted with the audience by demonstrating various calligraphic styles and introducing the four treasures of study. The vivid introduction, demonstration and interesting questions made the lecture evermore interesting. Deeply influenced by Chinese culture from the 11th century, Japanese people are very familiar with the four treasures of study, namely, the writing brush, the ink, the ink stone and the paper, and calligraphy styles, i.e. regular script, running script, cursive script and the officials script. The Q&A round introduced the audience to ever greater levels of knowledge. Only seal script was unknown to the audience. So they showed great interest in the script form. Under guidance of Ms. Deng Yunling, they got a real taste of the profoundness of seal script.


Deputy Director Deng Yunling also introduced a well-known poem which indicated cultural exchange between China and Japan. Chinese poet Li Bai was a close friend of Japanese minister Abe no Nakamaro, whose Chinese name was Chao Heng. When hearing the news of Chao’s shipwreck, Li Bai composed a poem entitled “For the Memory of Minister Chao Heng” to express his mourning for his friend.

In another exhibition room, focusing on “Overseas Chinese Students Introducing China”, 9 overseas Chinese students sent by the Confucius Institute Headquarters to learn Japanese introduced Chinese cultural customs from different perspectives. “I feel I have a better understanding now of Chinese poetry and calligraphy through the activity,” said a senior 2 girl from Hyogo. A senior 3 girl from Nara also spoke: “Chinese teachers and overseas students are outgoing and enthusiastic. They gave us a vivid and unique introduction to Chinese culture. Their lectures and beautiful and colourful cheongsams got me interested in China,” she said.

(Contributed by the Confucius Institute at Kansai Gaidai University)