Mie Prefectural Art Gallery 30th Anniversary

三重県立美術館 開館30周年「コレクションの全貌展」

2013/01/16 Wednesday Culture and Leisure

Mie Prefectural Art Gallery 30th Anniversary – Complete Collection Exhibition


Exhibition details:      Part I 4th January to 11th February 2013

Part II 14th February to 24th March 2013


Museum is closed on Mondays (but will be open February 11th) and on February 12th.


Opening hours: 9:30 to 17:00 (entrance to the gallery is until 16:30)

Admission:      500 yen regular admission

400 yen for high school and university students

Free for middle school age students and under


Mie Prefectural Art Gallery (Tsu City, Otani-cho 11) is ten minutes walk from the west exit of Tsu Station.


Mie Prefectural Art Gallery began to build its collection three years before the gallery’s official opening in 1979. In September 2012 the gallery marked its thirtieth anniversary and for its next exhibition will be displaying every piece of its collection between January and March 2013. The gallery continues to build its distinctive collection even today, and its catalogue is currently comprised of over 5,000 individual pieces. In order to display the collection in its entirety, this exhibition has been divided into two parts and will be introduce works of art spanning from the Edo period right up until the present.



Seminar on Building a Child’s Career Path

2013/01/16 Wednesday Culture and Leisure


The “Career Guide Seminar”, a seminar on how parents can help their children choose their academic and career paths, was held on Saturday, December 1, 2012 in Yokkaichi.

The seminar was organized by the Mie Prefectural Government, and was held at the YokkaichiCity Yogo District Community Center.

During the first half of the seminar, Ms. Sakamoto, the director of the NPO Aidensha, used the “Career Guide DVD”—an educational DVD created by the Mie Prefecture Multicultural Affairs Division—to present examples of young college students and workers who have successfully achieved their academic and vocational goals.

The Career Guide DVD also contains interviews with principals from various senior high schools in Mie Prefecture. The DVD aims to impress upon students of non-Japanese descent the importance of preparing for their future careers.

futuro das criancasThere are some people who are forced to abandon their goal of attending university due to the cost of a university education. To prevent this, it is crucial that parents and guardians save for their children’s education. It is also possible to take out loans to help pay for your child’s education. These loans must be paid back after the student graduates from university.

Organizers of the seminar invited 3 guest speakers—two parents and a student—to talk about a variety of topics. The topics they covered included: the effort necessary for achieving one’s goals, challenges that they have encountered, and how they overcame those challenges.

Ms. Janet Hayashi spoke about raising her two children. In addition, she discussed the importance of encouraging children to achieve academically, and other parental responsibilities. She also stressed that learning Japanese would allow non-Japanese parents participate in parent-teacher meetings and school-sponsored information sessions, enabling them to better fulfill their roles as parents in Japan.

Mr. Eduardo Kakiuchi talked about the importance of holding onto hope for the future, and continuing to perservere in the face of hardship. He overcame various challenges by making a firm decision to help his children succeed in Japan. He tackled the issue of high education costs by discussing the matter with schools and thinking about the situation together with his children.

Ms.  Hara Cassia  discussed the option of attending a vocational school after high school. Vocational schools differ from traditional 4 year colleges, and aim to teach students a trade or impart field-specific knowledge in a shorter period of time.

“The second half of the seminar was devoted to answering questions from people who attended the seminar. The speakers answered questions based on their own individual experiences, but one common theme among all of their responses was the importance of parents taking an active role in their child’s education through guidance and motivation. Strong familial support helps combat feelings of isolation in children, and, as a result, children feel empowered to pursue their goals alongside their family.”