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The 4th Kyoto University-Inamori Foundation Joint Kyoto Prize Symposium

The 4th Kyoto University-Inamori Foundation Joint Kyoto Prize (KUIP) Symposium was held over two days, on July 1 and 2, 2017, on the theme of "Art, Science and Technology to Inspire Dreams and Adventure," at the Kyoto University Clock Tower Centennial Hall.

Opening greetings by Dr. Kazuo Inamori

This symposium is held each year welcoming researchers and artists who undertake noteworthy or cutting-edge work in fields covered by The Kyoto Prize.

On the first day, on the theme of "Why do people perform?" Yokozen Children's Kabuki from Nagicho, Okayama, performed The 10th Act, the Amagasaki scene from the kabuki play, The Picture Book of the Taiko.

Commemorative photos with Yokozen Children's Kabuki

Next, a lecture and panel discussion was held by playwright and performer, Oriza Hirata; anthropologist Shinichi Nakazawa; and director and screenwriter, Kazuki Omori. An audience of over 450 people who had packed into the venue listened to both the lectures and discussion with rapt attention.

On the morning of the second day, a presentation was made in the field of material science on the theme of "Investigation of New Materials for a Sustainable Future." In the afternoon, there was a presentation in the cutting-edge field of earth and planetary sciences, astronomy and astrophysics on the theme of "A Renewed Sense of Wonder toward the Earth and Universe," and finally, a closing session was held to summarize the two days of events. Over all the sessions, a total of over 1,500 people participated in this symposium.

*Photo courtesy of the Inamori Foundation

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