Mitsunori Sakano’s visual project “appearing” is about the remaining Japaneseeducation and Culture in Taiwan. And the level of interest in it and usage of it by thesenior generation, it starts from visiting ‘Gyokuranso’. ‘Gyokuranso’ is a place where before the Taiwanese have received Japanese Educationand Taiwanese or Japanese use Japanese to express their thoughts living in Taiwan.With 25 years of continuous education services, this is a unique place in Taiwan.This project focuses on about the 80 years old amateur singer-songwriter Harue Kourin,Mitsunori met at Gyokuranso by chance. A document of Program at Gyokuransho,discussion among Taiwanese who have received Japanese Education and selected music videos by Harue Kourin herself will also be exhibited. Harue Kourin went to grammar and middle school in Japan for about 7 years, due to herfather’s work. 2 years after the war was over, she returned to Taiwan. With the dream of becoming a singer as a basis, she started out as an amateur songwriter.Furthermore she was influenced by her husband, Seisei Hayashi who also received Japanese education. She started to teach herself the piano and write songs in Japanese, but at the sametime in Chinese and Taiwanese.The video work for her song “song of Japanese spirit” has been filmed for this exhibition.The song is based on the experiences her husband Hayashi had on a 3 year business stay in Japan. It talks in a humoristic and sarcastic way about how the warrior spirit (bushido) of Japan he had believed in and the spirit he experienced 50 years after the war are interweaved. Her husband’s love of Japan can be heard, just as stories of Earthquakes, human suffering, blying and pensions all in the sprit of satire. Even though it has been 20 years since thissong has been written, the soft melody as a contrast to those lyrics still creates an interesting tension. To sum it up, it draws a picture of the loving memories of one woman about her preand post-war experiences
Supported by Gyokuran-so/ Taipei Office, Interchange Association, Japan, Kuandu Fine Arts Museum.
A Song for Japanese Spirit
“A Song for Japanese Spirit MV” Format:1 channel video projection(Full HD) Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Sound: stereo Year:2013
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“A dialogue about language” 1 channel video projection Format:1 channel video projection(Full HD) Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Sound: stereo Year:2014
A Day in Gyokuranso
“A day in Gyokuranso” 1 channel video projection Format:1 channel video projection(Full HD) Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Sound: stereo Year:2013