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Vol.23

Afternoon with our mind on Palestine

2016,12,18

TODAY’S GENIUS

Iyas Salim

Assistant Professor at the Graduate School of Global Studies, Doshisha University

A Palestinian born in Khan-Younis, Gaza Strip, Palestine.
After graduating from high school in the Gaza Strip, he went to England and Canada to continue university education. Graduated from Victoria University in British Columbia in Canada where he studied political Science, History and Japanese culture and history.
After that he lived and taught in Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia. Returned back to Palestine where he worked for more than ten years in international development with JICA, Japan, International Cooperation Agency. His Masters' Degree is in Islamic History, particularly the history of Islam in China. He completed his PhD Degree at Doshisha University about the role of Muslim Civil Society and its role in Transnational Humanitarian Work and Development.

REPORT

Numerous Machiya stands in a row in Arima, an old town of Nishijin, where once flourished as the industrial center of Kyoto.
Today’s TABLE was settled here, in one of those houses. From the outside at first glance, today’s location seems to be anonymous, empty. To tell the truth, this Machiya is different. It was reformed with the most recent techniques, and inside expands a beautiful space in which Japanese and western style compromise and blend. Here, surrounded by the peculiar fragrance of tatami, Mr. Salim and some Kyoto citizens seated around our table.
Mr. Salim is a Palestinian. He came to work in Kyoto after joining the starting up of the JICA’s Palestine branch.
He is one of the direct witness of the long-lasting Israeli- Palestinian conflict. The reason of Mr. Salim’s interest in japan dates back to his student years in Canada. By case he read an article, and there he knew japan for the first time, a country described as “westernized” but at the same time a fresh and vivid.
Enjoying the taste of Kyoto’s delicacies, the discussion proceeded. According to Mr. Salim, the image of Japan in Palestine “is extremely good. Japan who rebuilt itself from zero after the war, it is thought as a model by many people there.” On the other side, Japanese government and corporations “lately are closer with the policies of the U.S. and Israel, that’s very regrettable” with a sad look he said.
The experiences of supporting his homeland from Japan, the real situation of Palestine, education and the influence of journalism on people, were some of the topics of the deep and broad discussion we had.
In a Kyoto’s Machiya afternoon, a gentle wind from Palestine blew.

TABLE SUPPORTER

CAMPTON10 Nishijin-Arima

Campton renovates traditional kyo-machiya and provites it as accommodations.
At this time, Campton remodeled kyomachiya built 130 years ago
and has opened accommodations called Campton10 Nishijin -Arima-.
It is nostalgic and new space that uses traditional furniture and advanced equipment with respect.
http://kyoto-campton.com/jp
Yase-Oiwa

八瀬大岩,placed near demachi yanagi and close to the imperial palace, is specialised in serving traditional Kyoto's style mackerel sushi. It's popular and classical Shōkadō bentō box are arranged also with nigiri sushi maki zushi or grilled mackerel.
http://kyotosabazushi.okoshi-yasu.com/

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