I’ve been in Japan since Thursday November 6 and I’m half way thorugh my trip. I’ll be sharing a more comprehensive report once I return home.
I was privileged to present a keynote adress to the Japanese Association for Educational Psychology conference in Kobe on Friday. I titled it The How of Playing: Implications for Educationsal Psychology. I was invited by Professor Masayoshi Morioka of Kobe University. He was a participant in a days-long course I led in Tokyo in 2012 and invited me on the spot on the last day of that course.
On Saturday I led a workshop on Play and Performance for about 40 faculty and graduate students, organized by my good friend Professor Yuji Moro. His translation of my book, Vygotsky at Work and Play, was published in Japan about one month ago. At both the conference and the workshop, I kept meeting people who said they’d read the book either on their own or in one of the study groups formed to read and discuss it. This is so gratifying!
The eagerness for building performance-based, developmental community in Japan is growing!!