On 8 November 2016, the UNU Library will feature A String Untouched: Dag Hammarskjöld’s Life in Haiku and Photographs by Kaj Falkman. This event will start at 6:00 p.m. at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo.
Commemorating the 60th anniversary of Japan’s membership to the United Nations, the event will feature haiku and photographs by Dag Hammarskjöld. Swedish-born Hammarskjöld was the second UN Secretary-General, and held the position at the time Japan joined the UN on 18 December 1956. He was a devoted haiku poet, although that became known only after his death in a plane crash in 1961, at the age of 56 and in the midst of his second term as UN Secretary-General.
In this event, Falkman, former president of the Swedish Haiku Society and former diplomat, will explore the world of Hammarskjöld’s haiku and photographs. He will be joined by Akito Arima, former president of the University of Tokyo and Minister of Education, Science and Culture, Japan, and the president of the Haiku International Association, and Kit Pancoast Nagamura, a photographer, editor, and haiku poet. They will discuss the attraction of haiku beyond borders, haiku and photography as an art form, and the spirituality of haiku.
The event will be held in English and Japanese, with simultaneous translation provided.
For registration and more information, see the event announcement on the UNU Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability website.
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