Cultural Events

The International Academic Forum is proud to be based in Japan, and we organize a number of events throughout the year which showcase the best of Japanese culture, ranging from the raw power of the taiko drums to the understated beauty of the tea ceremony, and from martial arts demonstrations by world class masters, to hands on calligraphy workshops by university clubs, and haiku workshops by leading poets.

IAFOR also organizes and sponsors an annual haiku poetry competition in association with the Haiku International Association and the World Haiku Association, and a documentary film competition.
 


 
The IAFOR Vladimir Devidé Haiku Award 2016 Winner Announcement

The IAFOR Vladimir Devidé Haiku Award 2016 Winner Announcement

The winners of the IAFOR Vladimir Devidé Haiku Award 2016 were announced at The Asian Conference on Literature, Librarianship & Archival Science 2016 (LibrAsia2016) by Dr. A. Robert Lee on Friday, April 8, 2016.

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The IAFOR Vladimir Devidé Haiku Award 2016: Full List of Winners Announced

The IAFOR Vladimir Devidé Haiku Award 2016: Full List of Winners Announced

The Grand Prize Winner, Runners Up, Commended Entries and the Guest Judge selection of the sixth IAFOR Vladimir Devidé Haiku Award were announced by Dr. A. Robert Lee at The Asian Conference on Literature, Librarianship & Archival Science 2016 in Kobe, Japan on April 8, 2016.

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IAFOR Documentary Photography Award >> Winners 2015

IAFOR Documentary Photography Award >> Winners 2015

Photo by Hosam Katan   The International Academic Forum (IAFOR) is delighted to announce that Hosam Katan from Syria has been selected as the Grand Prize Winner of the IAFOR Documentary Photography Award 2015 for his brave and important work from his hometown of Aleppo, Syria. Congratulations, Hosam, on this is well deserved achievement. Simon […]

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Vladimir Devide Haiku Award Winners 2015 Announced

Vladimir Devide Haiku Award Winners 2015 Announced

  We are delighted to announce the winners of the Vladimir Devide Haiku Award 2015. This is the fifth year in the award’s history, and the open contest saw 400 entries from 54 countries. The founding judge of the competition, His Excellency Dr Drago Stambuk, reported that the quality of submissions was extremely high. The […]

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Taiko Demonstration

Taiko Demonstration

Taiko Demonstration IAFOR conferences provide participants with a packed and exciting programme of academic and cultural engagement. They offer delegates a diverse, informative and thought provoking range of academic presentations as well as providing its many international delegates the chance to experience the hospitality of Japan and its culture. The performances of the Taiko drums […]

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Kimono Workshop

Kimono Workshop

Kimono Workshop Kimono are Japanese traditional robes worn by both men and women, but in modern Japan tend to be worn most often by women, and on special occasions. These kimono are beautifully made and can cost thousands of dollars. In the conference kimono workshops, delegates have the chance to dress in the kimono and […]

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Japanese Calligraphy Workshop

Japanese Calligraphy Workshop

Japanese Calligraphy Demonstrations Japanese Calligraphy Workshops Japanese Calligraphy Workshops and Demonstrations A continuing feature of IAFOR’s Kansai based conferences is the showcasing of the Arts and Culture of Japan. The conference attendees had the opportunity to gain knowledge and practical experience of the Japanese art of calligraphy, with an informative demonstration given by calligraphy students […]

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Winners Announced For The IAFOR Documentary Film Award 2014

Winners Announced For The IAFOR Documentary Film Award 2014

The IAFOR Documentary Film Award held its Awards Ceremony on Nov. 14th, 2014 at MediAsia/FilmAsia2014 in Osaka, Japan. The category winners and the grand prize winner were announced during the ceremony.     Grand Prize The Changing Place of Making Jack Weisman Canada Best Documentary Newcomer Mini The Changing Place of Making Jack Weisman Canada […]

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The 2014 Fourth Vladimir Devide Haiku Award Grand Prize

The 2014 Fourth Vladimir Devide Haiku Award Grand Prize

4th VLADIMIR DEVIDE HAIKU AWARD RESULTS Founder & Selector: Drago Štambuk, Croatia   The Vladimir Devidé Haiku Award is for haiku regardless of being traditional or modern; it transcends haiku divisions and is based only on literary merit. The Winner of the Award, the Runners-Up, and the commended entries were announced by Lars Vargö, Ambassador […]

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IAFOR Open Film Competition 2013 – Winners

IAFOR Open Film Competition 2013 – Winners

The results of the IAFOR Open Film Competition 2013 were announced during a screening at the 2013 MediAsia and FilmAsia conference event.

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Samurai Demonstration

Samurai Demonstration

Samurai Demonstration Samurai were the military nobility of medieval and early-modern Japan, the upper echelons of the warrior class. Their renowned discipline and dedication to service serves as a model tody in both everyday life and in modern Japanese martial arts. The samurai show organized as part of some of our conferences gave delegates the […]

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Japanese Tea Ceremony

Japanese Tea Ceremony

Japanese Tea Ceremony The Japanese tea ceremony, also called the Way of Tea, is a Japanese cultural activity involving the ceremonial preparation and presentation of matcha, powdered green tea. Over the past millenium the performance aspect of this has ritualized and has become famous throughout the world. In this demonstration by students from Osaka Women’s […]

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The 2013 Third Vladimir Devide Haiku Award Grand Prize

The 2013 Third Vladimir Devide Haiku Award Grand Prize

Despite a successful international academic career as a renowned mathematician, with professorships in Australia and the US, as well as his native Croatia at the University of Zagreb, it is primarily as a Japanologist and haiku poet that Vladimir Devide is now remembered. Devide was not only one of the world’s most celebrated haiku poets, […]

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IAFOR Open Film Competition 2012 – Winners

IAFOR Open Film Competition 2012 – Winners

The winners of the Inaugural FilmAsia Film and Documentary Competition were announced at MediAsia FilmAsia 2012 in Osaka, Japan. The final selection was made by Professor Gary Swanson of the University of Northern Colorado, Conference Co-chair, and experienced competition film judge. Despite a number of entries in the above twenty minutes documentary category and animation categories, the final selection judges decided not to give any awards in these categories.

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The 2012 Second Vladimir Devide Haiku Award Grand Prize

The 2012 Second Vladimir Devide Haiku Award Grand Prize

Despite a successful international academic career as a renowned mathematician, with professorships in Australia and the US, as well as his native Croatia at the University of Zagreb, it is primarily as a Japanologist and haiku poet that Vladimir Devide is now remembered. Devide was not only one of the world’s most celebrated haiku poets, […]

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The 2011 Inaugural Vladimir Devide Haiku Award Grand Prize

The 2011 Inaugural Vladimir Devide Haiku Award Grand Prize

Despite a successful international academic career as a renowned mathematician, with professorships in Australia and the US, as well as his native Croatia at the University of Zagreb, it is primarily as a Japanologist and haiku poet that Vladimir Devide is now remembered. Devide was not only one of the world’s most celebrated haiku poets, […]

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