Have you ever been to Poland? Culture from the West and the East are fused in this Central European country, which is also known for its racial tolerance from ancient times. Thanks to its diversity, Poland has given birth to magnificent culture and beautiful traditions.
For example, nearly all kinds of European architecture can be seen in Poland, so it is a visual banquet for architecture lovers. And there is a great variety of food as well. On top of that, Poland also has given the world many famous musicians, artists and scientists. In classical music, we have Chopin; in astronomy we have Copernicus, Conrad in literature, and Madame Curie in science, the first woman to win a Nobel Prize.
On the other hand, Polish history has been a cycle of prosperity and war. Although it once even disappeared from the world map, Poland has preserved the largest castle in the world, Malbork Castle. In addition, there is also a myriad of valuable historical sites still drawing breath today, like a restaurant that opened back in the 13th century and is still in business today.
Seize this opportunity to feel the splendor of Poland at ICC’s Polish Culture Night! The Polish Institute in Tokyo is a sponsor to help us bring the country’s many charms. After the presentations, you can watch Polish traditional dance. Then we will have a quiz time so you can know more about the country! After that, a live performance by violin and piano will show you the greatness of Polish classical music! In addition, Polish native students are also joining in, ready to meet you and to share with you! What’s more, 50 participants at the Waseda Campus venue and 50 participants of the Online venue will get a mini gift from Poland, so be sure to sign up!
Bonus: Mini Exhibition
Open to Waseda students, staff & faculty
Nov.18 (Thu) – Dec.9 (Thu) 10:00 – 16:00 on weekdays
At the ICC Lounge (Bldg. 3 Room 111)
With the cooperation of the Polish Institute, we will hold an exhibition of Polish traditional clothing, photo panels, books and more! It is a great opportunity to experience part of the country’s culture and lifestyle first hand.
Don’t miss it!
Polish Culture Night
Date & Time
December 2nd, (Thu) 6:15pm – 7:45pm
*Venue opens at 6:00pm
In person (Waseda Campus) & Online (Tentative: SpatialChat)
*Location information will be provided to registered participants
Waseda students, faculty & staff
Japanese & English
18:20~18:45 Presentation by Polish Institute in Tokyo about the country
18:45~19:00 Presentation by students about their life in Poland
Polish dance video
19:00~19:10 Quiz Time
19:10~19:25 Live musical performance
Chopin: Nocturne in E-flat major, Op. 9, No. 2
Chopin: Nocturne No. 20 in C♯ minor, Op. posth.
Henryk Wieniawski: Scherzo-tarantelle No. 16 in G minor
(subject to change)
19:25~19:40 Chat Time
Sign up at MyWaseda
Nov. 29, 9am
50 students for the in-person venue, unlimited for online venue
*If applicants exceed capacity, participants will be decided by lottery and results announced by email the day after the deadline.
Violin: Marina Yasuda
Began performing in her high school days, earning runner-up honors in the high school division at the 2004 Kamakura Music Concours. She pursued an interest in music therapy to Waseda University, joining the Waseda Symphony Orchestra. As a student, she toured Europe with the orchestra, receiving media attention inside and outside Japan, and the Berlin performance was published by Universal Music. She currently performs around Japan with the orchestra led by Kenichi Kobayashi, and is involved in chamber music, the Tokyo International Film Festival, and as a recording session musician.
Piano: Mine Maitsuru
Graduate of Tamagawa University College of Arts Music Department, she performs as a lounge pianist, in ensembles and other formats and works as a part-time instructor in the College of Arts. She also performs Armonia body healing therapist and holds certification as an instructor.
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Measures
(For participants at the in-person venue)
- We ask that those affected by the following within the previous 14 days refrain from participating in this event:
A. Those who have a fever (above 37.5°C or more than 1 degree above normal) or those experiencing flu-like symptoms or those who currently feel unwell (symptoms of fatigue, breathlessness, etc); OR
B. Those who have travelled to or have been in close contact within the previous 14 days with residents of countries or regions which are covered by immigration restrictions or quarantine requirements by the government of Japan; OR
C. Those who have family members or housemates who have shown symptoms of cold, etc.
- Participants must wear a mask at all times. Also, please observe strict hand disinfection and proper coughing & sneezing practices.
- Please bring a plastic bag for your own trash, and keep the bag tightly closed.
- Please take strict care of your health from 2 weeks before the event right through to the end (regularly check your temperature and be aware of any other symptoms). We also ask that you avoid the 3 Cs (crowds, confined spaces and close contact situations).
- If you have fever, cough or other symptoms during the event, please contact a member of staff immediately and withdraw from the event.
- If you begin to show symptoms within 1 week after the event, please notify ICC immediately.
- We ask that you follow all instructions on the day from the ICC regarding measures for the prevention of the spread of the Novel Coronavirus.
- Participation in this program may pose health and safety risks. All risks will be the responsibility of the individual.
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