A Series of Workshops on the Japanese Culture are
successfully Concluded at the University
series of workshops that were organized in cooperation
between the Office of the University President Assistant for
Graduate Affairs and the International Youth Exchange
Program (Zajel) were successfully concluded.
The workshops aimed to have the Palestinian students
acquainted with the world’s cultures and benefit fro their
experiences, traditions and customs resulting in better
global understanding and mutual respect between the world’s
Three workshops were organized in which Mr. Yuhki Ohnogi
delivered a number of presentations that described the
Japanese culture and tradition including the Origami (The
Japanese paper folding art) as well as the role of education
in the extensive development that took place in Japan.
In the first workshop, Mr. Ohnogi introduced the audience
to the different traditions and customs in Japan which
distinguish Japan from other countries. He also spoke about
the Japanese way of life, architecture, religion, history,
as well as the two-century isolation of the country from the
rest of the world and the prohibition of international trade
during this period. This isolation was intended to make the
country self-dependant resulting in the world’s miracle we
know today as Japan.
In the second workshop Mr. Ohnogi spoke about the Japanese
paper folding art (The Origami) which is in fact a mirror
for the Japanese culture, history and philosophy. Sixty
students were trained on this art which they described as
interesting and entertaining.
Moreover, in order to familiarize the students with the
Japanese experience and the role of education in the
development that took place in Japan, Mr. Ohnogi delivered a
presentation in which he described the Japanese unique
experience and the role of its philosophy in shaping the
present and future of the Japanese as well as its economical
He explained the Japanese educational experience which
helped the Japanese overcome the various difficulties,
challenges and disasters that it witnessed over the last
In his presentation also, Mr. Ohnogi spoke about the three
major disasters that the Japanese modern history has
witnessed the first of which was the World War II disaster
which ended with the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki
cities when a nuclear bomb was dropped on them which brought
casualties to almost 90,000 – 140,000. The second disaster
was the Kobe earthquake, and finally the tsunami.
These disasters were able to destroy the infrastructure in
Japan but yet failed to destroy the educational structure as
it succeeded in preserving the culture and tradition of the
Japanese people in the most difficult situations and
contributed to the shaping of the present and future of
Japan and its economical miracle.
Furthermore, Mr. Ohnogi spoke about the reason behind
Japan’s ability to recover and resume its normal life even
after the strongest of disasters which is the educational
system in the country. He described the schools in Japan and
their role in human development that aims to provide the
students with the experience and diverse opportunities.
Students in Japan, as he explained, attend diverse applied
classes in various fields including environment, music,
engineering, cooking…etc, and as soon as they attend high
school they learn society and family structure and are
taught to respect the other.
Such principles in teaching help these students work in a
harmonic social environment leading them to better
understand their culture and tradition. He also spoke about
the vertical work environment, the respect of the company
where he works, to defend it, protect its interests, and to
place public interest on his list of priorities.
This philosophy is the key that helps the Japanese nation
to survive in time of peril and disaster. When the three
major disastrous events took place, the Japanese favored
public interest on personal one; this made the Japanese
people act like one person and worked together to recover
from the disasters.
Maysar Abu Khalil, a student at the Faculty of Media, said
the workshops were very helpful and informative and enabled
her to become acquainted with the Japanese culture. It also
helped them, as she reported, to become familiar with the
Japanese experience and ability to face and overcome
disasters, in addition to the morals that characterize the
Japanese way of life.