To develop a better understanding of Southeast Asian culture and society in Japan and generate further exchange between the region and country, Talk with Muslims series [TAMU] brings together Southeast Asian and Japanese youths who are engaging in and studying social welfare, community empowerment, and socio-religious affairs into a dialogue to discover each other's cultures, religions, and values.
Dr. Mitsuo Nakamura,
Professor Emeritus of Chiba University
Dr. Ken Miichi,
Associate Professor of Waseda University, Graduate School of Asia-Pacific Studies
Talk with Muslims series [TAMU] 2017
In 2017 and under the theme of "The view of nature and life of Japanese people," the Talk with Muslims series [TAMU] will take participants from five Southeast Asian countries on a tour in Tokyo and in Oita prefecture.
To expose the participants to this theme, the concept of Satoyama [combination of sato meaning "inhabited area" and yama meaning "hill" or "mountain"], which is the unique ecosystem that continues in the rice-family regions of Japan, is explored throughout their visit in Japan. As an introduction, participants will view the screening of Satoyama—Japan's Secret Water Garden , a documentary film by NHK (Japan Broadcasting Corporation), before visiting one of the Satoyamas in Oita prefecture. Visits to temples and also viewing Shonai Kagura , a Japanese folk performing art devoted to the worship of the local deity in Oita, are also scheduled for the program. Through these experiences, we hope it will stimulate participants to reflect on each other's forms of religion, culture, and everyday lives. Through TAMU, we hope participants will develop their knowledge and networks to serve as connecting points and bridges between each of the countries to further pursue a deep and meaningful interaction among individuals, communities, and countries.
Sunday, November 5–Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Coordinator of Social Affairs, Nasyiatul Aisyiyah
Coordinator of Capacity Building Program, GUSDURian Networks Indonesia
Lecturer, Surabaya State University
Muhammad Syafiq Bin Borhannuddin
Senior Research officer, Institute of Islamic Understanding Malaysia (IKIM)
Muhammad Yusra Bin Ahmad Hulaimi
Undergraduate student, International Islamic University Malaysia
Rogelio B. Braga
Playwright, Essayist, Novelist
The Office on Bangsamoro Youth Affairs (OBYA)
Muhammad Ashraf Anwar
Field Officer, The Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura: MUIS)
Talk with Muslims series [TAMU] 2016
In 2016, TAMU invited seven participants from five Southeast Asian countries to Tokyo and Iwate prefecture—one of the areas heavily affected by the Great Eastern Japan Earthquake and subsequent damage of the nuclear power plant in 2011—to share with local college and high school students the views and living of religion(s) in each respective country and culture.
As the seven participants introduced their concepts of Islam—as a religion but also as a way of living, of something that is deeply rooted in their everyday lives, and the diverse meanings embedded within the philosophy—it provided the Japanese students the chance to reflect on their understanding of "Islam" and "Southeast Asia."
Likewise, through visits in Iwate prefecture and also the conversations with the local kataribe [storytellers] who were affected by the Earthquake and catastrophe, the participants from Southeast Asia were able to discover the realities of a community recovering from both natural and manmade disasters of such scale.
Monday, November 21–Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Ahmad Imam Mujadid Rais
Research Director, Maarif Institute
Coordinator of Human Resource Development, GUSDURian Networks Indonesia
Nurul Hafizah Binti Mohamad Ramli
Undergraduate Student, International Islamic University Malaysia
Ruhollah Al-Husseini J. Alonto
Researcher, Institute of Bangsamoro Studies
Goh Muhammad Redhuan
Project Officer, Research Assistant, Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura (MUIS)
Partnership and Capacity Building Officer, LEAP Project, Save the Children International
Policy Analyst, Thai-European Business Association