‘Our Scotland: A Japanese perspective’

A Scottish ceilidh held in Glasgow where an Italian visitor sang an Italian song and Chinese students and Scottish people sang Auld Lang Syne in Chinese is highlighted in this documentary as an example of showing an ‘inclusive’ aspect of Scottish society where there is a role for strangers to play.

And the documentary introduces Japanese Matsuri, a Japanese festival held in Glasgow since 2001, as an ‘inclusive’ event, where Scottish volunteers share their knowledge and skill of Japanese cultural traditions, such as origami and Taiko Japanese drumming, with visitors. These festivals have been organised by Japanese Matsuri for Glasgow, a recognised Scottish charity (SC034172), of which the two producers of Japan Desk Scotland are a founding member.

What is inclusion?

What does it mean to share other cultures?

Who are strangers?

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Camera: Fumi Nakabachi
Editor: Hajime Kobayashi
Director: Yushin Toda
Producer: Fumi Nakabachi and Yushin Toda
34 minutes
In English with English subtitles
©2013 Japan Desk Scotland

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This is the second documentary film created by JDS as part of its documentary films production.

The documentary has been screened:

(1) on Tuesday 25 June 2013 at Faculty of Humanities and Economics, Kochi University, Kochi, Japan, as part of an undergraduate course on Civic Society;

(2) on Wednesday 3 July 2013 at Faculty of Administration & Social Sciences, Fukushima University, Fukushima, Japan, as part of Comparative Cultures Lecture series;

(3) on Saturday 24 August 2013 at JDS’s Saturday Japanese Class, Glasgow, Scotland;

(4) on Monday 7 October 2013 at the AGM of Japanese Matsuri for Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland;

(5) on Thursday 16 January 2014 at Glasgow Kelvin College, Glasgow, Scotland, as part of ‘English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)’ course;

(6) on Wednesday 22 January 2014 at University of Strathclyde Chaplaincy Centre, Glasgow, Scotland, as part of Japan@Strathclyde 2013/14;

(7) on Thursday 23 January 2014 at Glasgow Kelvin College, Glasgow, Scotland, as part of ‘Pathways: Social Sciences & Care’ course;

(8) on Tuesday 28 January 2014 at Glasgow Kelvin College, Glasgow, Scotland, as part of a Marie Trust class on Sociology of Culture and Identity;

(9) on Thursday 27 February 2014 at Glasgow Kelvin College, Glasgow, Scotland, as part of HND Business Studies (International Marketing) course;

(10) on Tuesday 15 April 2014 at Department of Japanese Language and Literature (a class for the first year students), University of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania;

(11) on Saturday 21 June 2014 at GZO Peace Institute, Ateneo de Manila University, Manila, The Philippines.;

(12) on Thursday 25 September 2014 at University of Strathclyde Chaplaincy Centre, Glasgow, Scotland, as part of Japan@Strathclyde 2014/15;

(13) on Friday 5 December 2014 at Glasgow Kelvin College Springburn Campus, Glasgow, Scotland, for the students on ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) course;

(14) on Friday 23 January 2015 at University of Strathclyde Chaplaincy Centre, Glasgow, Scotland, as part of Japan@Strathclyde 2014/15;

(15) on Tuesday 9 June 2015 at the Interfaith Room, University of Glasgow Chaplaincy, Glasgow, Scotland, as part of ‘Here and here (seven documentaries)’ organised by the Chaplaincy and Japan Desk Scotland;

(16) on Saturday 27 June 2015 at Oshima National College of Maritime Technology, Yamaguchi Prefecture, Japan;

(17) on Wednesday 12 October 2016 at University of Strathclyde Chaplaincy Centre, Glasgow, Scotland, as part of ‘Japan@Strathclyde 2016/17‘;

(18) on Tuesday 8 November 2016 at University of Glasgow Chapel, Glasgow, Scotland, as part of ‘say hello to Inclusive Glasgow, Inclusive Scotland’;

(19) on Wednesday 19 April 2017 at University of Strathclyde Chaplaincy Centre, Glasgow, Scotland, as part of Japan@Strathclyde 2016/17‘;

(20) on Monday 19 June 2017 at the Interfaith Room, University of Glasgow Chaplaincy, Glasgow, Scotland, as part of ‘Inclusive Glasgow – Documentaries’; and

(21) on Wednesday 11 October 2011 at Kelvin Hall (Moving Image Archive), Glasgow, Scotland, as part of Japanese Journeys@Kelvin Hall.