While coming back to my hometown, I went to see a play “The Tales of Hoffmann” performed by Noism, a residential contemporary dance company based in Niigata.
The play was originated from an opera with the same name in 19th century written by Offenbach, and Mr Jo Kanamori, one of the world’s leading choreographers and chief of Noism, has transcripted into a dance play with a moody music by An Tôn Thất, a Vietnamese composer pianist.
I missed it on the 2nd day due to the delay in airplane and had no choice but to see it on the 3rd day. Personally I was lacking in inner energy for a couple of weeks, but was deeply impressed at their performance (almost cried!). This play has definately enhanced my creativity.
Mr Kanamori was interview by a web dance magazine Chacott. Readers can directly understand his concept on making modern dance more familiar in Japan, especially in local municipality like Niigata.
There is a university for business people who was motivated to learn while they keep working:
Business Breakthrough University (BBT)
According to the World Business Satellite broadcast on 18th July 2010, this university appears a new mixture of online learning and tertiary education. Leading universities in North America (including ivy-league) have introduced online learning into their education for business people, and a lot of universities in Korea are also positive on its introduction. The news ended up with a cliche "Japan is behind the global trend."
Indeed, now that quite a number of business schools got into bankruptcy with its curriculum failing to catch up with the continuing recession, BBT should succeed in dispatching managing excellent graduates to global society. However, my personal request for this issue would include reconsidering its orientation substancially, hopefully, on professional schools in general. As far as I went through, the coursework gets oriented too fiercely to business practice and totally away from critical, in-depth thinking…