Selected Writings

October 9, 2014

Nobel Peace Prize for Japanese People who Conserve Article 9

October 9, 2014 The Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) presented the director’s short list for the upcoming Nobel Peace Prize, and “Japanese people who conserve Article 9” was listed as the top candidate. Because I curated an exhibition related to Article 9 and postwar Japanese art in New York City, and because I interviewed the last surviving drafter of the Japanese constitution, Beate Sirota Gordon, I would like to share the history and some thoughts about the largely unknown Japanese pacifist constitution, especially “Article 9.” Yuken Teruya "My Great-Grand Ma, Named USA" 2009 First, we need to know that the Japanese Constitution was secretly drafted by the U.S. occupation forces [...]

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August 14, 2014

A Chance for Peace: Beate’s Thoughts on Japan’s Pacifist Constitution “Article 9″

A Long interview with Beate Sirota Gordon was uploaded. http://www.shinyawatanabe.net/atomicsunshine/BeateSirotaGordon/en/

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November 5, 2013

Searching for Eurasia – Research Trip towards the Unity of Europe and Asia

Traveling from Berlin to Japan by land, this project realized Joseph Beuys and Nam June Paik’s dream – Europe and Asia as one continental culture of “Eur-Asia”. http://www.shinyawatanabe.net/en/searching-for-eurasia-special-thanks

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Drawing Out a Micro-Universe of Time and Space – Noriko Ambe’s Landscape of Physical and Emotional Geography

I contributed the text for the exhibition catalogue “Noriko Ambe: Cutting – Without an Outline” at Gastelli Gallery in New York from November 5 – December 20, 2013. http://www.castelligallery.com/index.html

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July 1, 2013

The Museum of Modern Art, Kamakura – The site of condensing Japan’s history from samurai to its reconstruction after the war

I contributed an article on Museum of Modern Arts in Kamakura, for the Polish art magazine “CoCAin” July 2013 issue #3. http://www.cocain.pl/news/12/cocain03

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May 3, 2013

(日本語) ベアテ・シロタ・ゴードンさんロングインタビュー

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March 14, 2013

“Art after Free Will” (ArtAsiaPacific Magazine)

I contributed an article “Art after Free Will” for ArtAsiaPacific magazine Issue #82. The article is available in English, Chinese and Arabic. http://www.artasiapacific.com/Magazine/82/ArtAfterFreeWill

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January 1, 2013

Cogito ergo soup: Interview with Shinya Watanabe

I talked about my thesis plan on “Eur-Asia” in the interview “Cogito ergo soup”, published on UdK’s EIGENART No. 82 “Suppe.”

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Trip to Meet the Souls of Pythagoras and Yutaka Matsuzawa – Visiting the Psichro Cave, the Place where Zeus was Born and Raised

Shinya Watanabe Pythagoras, who was born in Samos, is supposed to have visited Ida Cave on Crete, together with Epimenides. In those days, people thought this was the birthplace of Zeus. Rhea, the daughter of the God of Sky (Ouranos) and the Goddess of Earth (Gaia), was the mother of Zeus, and she implored Adrasteia to take care of her son, so that he would be prevented from being swallowed by his father Kronos, the God of Time. Accepting Rhea’s pleas, Adrasteia went with infant Zeus down into the cave. At first, I tried to take a car to visit Ida Cave, so I contacted a rental-car agency. On the [...]

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(日本語) 入院体験から考える「わたし」とは誰か、そして魂とは何か? − 一神教と自由意志に基づく民主主義から、多神教と決定論に向けての試論

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