Graduate School of Education 2020 Invited Lecture Series 3

Seikatsu Tsuzurikata Flying to the World? The Problem of “Translation” embedded in Children of the World (Simultaneous interpretation) Takeshi Komagome (Professor, Graduate School of Education, Kyoto University)

2020 Invited Lecture Series
Toward Critical, Historical and Transnational Dialogues on Japanese “Model” of Education

Seikatsu Tsuzurikata (often translated into English as “daily life writing”) is known as a grassroots educational movement. In the 1950s, a challenging project was launched to spread the thought and the method of Seikatsu Tsuzurikata to the world. Such leading persons of the movement as Kokubu Ichitaro(1911-1985) and Nartita Chukyu(1897-1960), along with famous esperantists, gathering the writings of children all over the world, published Children of the World,(15vols, Heibonsha, 1955-57).

In the process of gathering writings, a question of “What on earth Seikatsu Tsuzurikata is” emerged. Moreover, it was difficult to gather the children’s writings from the areas torn in a civil war and/or thrown in a deadlock of decolonization. In this seminar I would like to think what we can learn from the project full of trial and error.