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Exchange with Southeast Asian Muslim Youth (TAMU/Talk with Muslims series)

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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.

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.

Duration

Sunday, November 5–Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Participants

Indonesia

Khotimun Sutanti
Coordinator of Social Affairs, Nasyiatul Aisyiyah

Khotimun Sutanti

Nurun Nisa
Coordinator of Capacity Building Program, GUSDURian Networks Indonesia

Nurun Nisa

Mohammad Rokib
Lecturer, Surabaya State University

Mohammad Rokib

Malaysia

Muhammad Syafiq Bin Borhannuddin
Senior Research officer, Institute of Islamic Understanding Malaysia (IKIM)

Muhammad Syafiq Bin Borhannuddin

Muhammad Yusra Bin Ahmad Hulaimi
Undergraduate student, International Islamic University Malaysia

Muhammad Yusra Bin Ahmad HulaimiSyafiq Bin Borhannuddin

The Philippines

Rogelio B. Braga
Playwright, Essayist, Novelist
The Office on Bangsamoro Youth Affairs (OBYA)

Rogelio B. Braga

Singapore

Muhammad Ashraf Anwar
Field Officer, The Islamic Religious Council of Singapore (Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura: MUIS)

Muhammad Ashraf Anwar

Thailand

Samak Kosem
Independent Researcher

Samak Kosem

Itinerary

November 2017

  • 5th (Sunday): Arrival in Tokyo, Orientation
  • 6th (Monday): Lecture and Discussion
    • "Japanese perception on Islam, how Islam has been accepted in Japanese society"
    • "Japanese people, society, and religion"
  • 7th (Tuesday): Visits to Meiji Jingu Shrine, Tsuda University
  • 8th (Wednesday): Visits to Waseda University, NKH (Japan Broadcasting Corporation)
  • 9th (Thursday): Train to Oita prefecture, visit to Beppu University
  • 10th (Friday): Visits to Beppu Masjid (Mosque), Futagoji Temple
  • 11th (Saturday): Visit to Beppu International Plaza, viewing of Shonai Kagura
  • 12th (Sunday): Return to Tokyo
  • 13th (Monday): Wrap-up Discussion
  • 14th (Tuesday): Departure from Tokyo

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.

Talk with Muslims series [TAMU] 2016

Duration

Monday, November 21–Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Participants

Indonesia

Ahmad Imam Mujadid Rais
Research Director, Maarif Institute

Ahmad Imam Mujadid Rais

Rifqi Fairuz
Coordinator of Human Resource Development, GUSDURian Networks Indonesia

Rifqi Fairuz

Malaysia

Nurul Hafizah Binti Mohamad Ramli
Undergraduate Student, International Islamic University Malaysia

Nurul Hafizah Binti Mohamad Ramli

The Philippines

Ruhollah Al-Husseini J. Alonto
Researcher, Institute of Bangsamoro Studies

Ruhollah Al-Husseini J. Alonto

Singapore

Goh Muhammad Redhuan
Project Officer, Research Assistant, Majlis Ugama Islam Singapura (MUIS)

Goh Muhammad Redhuan

Thailand

Fadel Hayeeyama
Partnership and Capacity Building Officer, LEAP Project, Save the Children International

Fadel Hayeeyama

Fitra Jehwoh
Policy Analyst, Thai-European Business Association

Fitra Jehwoh

Itinerary

November 2016

  • 21st (Monday): Arrival in Japan, Orientation
  • 22nd (Tuesday): Lecture and Discussion
    • "Japanese perception on Islam and how Islam has been accepted in Japanese society"
    • "Japanese people, society and religion"
  • 23rd (Wednesday): Cultural visits in Tokyo
  • 24th (Thursday): Visit to Sophia University, Chuo University
  • 25th (Friday): Visit to the Tokyo Camii Mosque, Toyo Eiwa Jogakuin Senior High School
  • 26th (Saturday): Train to Iwate prefecture, visit Otsuchi town, viewing of performance and discussion
    • "Traditional local performing arts and its roles and power in revitalizing the local community"
  • 27th (Sunday): Conversation with locals in Kamaishi City, visit to Collabo School (NPO Katariba)
  • 28th (Monday): Visit to Iwate Prefectural University
  • 29th (Tuesday): Return to Tokyo, discussion with Japanese media
  • 30th (Wednesday): Departure from Tokyo
Exchange with Southeast Asian Muslim Youth (TAMU/Talk with Muslims series)
Exchange with Southeast Asian Muslim Youth (TAMU/Talk with Muslims series)
Exchange with Southeast Asian Muslim Youth (TAMU/Talk with Muslims series)
Exchange with Southeast Asian Muslim Youth (TAMU/Talk with Muslims series)
Exchange with Southeast Asian Muslim Youth (TAMU/Talk with Muslims series)