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History and Prosperity of Turkey, a Diverse Country, as a Bridge between the East and the West

Date:Friday, January 18, 2013, 15:00-17:00
Venue:West Hall, the Koshien Hall
Lecturer:Dr. Sachihiro Omura (Director, Japanese Institute of Anatolian Archaeology)


Dr. Sachihiro Omura, Director, Japanese Institute of Anatolian Archaeology

We invited Dr. Sachihiro Omura from Japanese Institute of Anatolian Archaeology and held a lecture titled “History and prosperity of Turkey, a diverse country, as a bridge between the East and the West”. This lecture was hosted by the Kansai Productivity Center and the Institute of Turkish Culture Studies at Mukogawa Women’s University. Dr. Omura specializes in Middle and Near Eastern archaeology, and one of Japan’s most famous archaeologists who leads the excavation and research at Kaman-Kaleho¨yu¨k in central Turkey.

First of all, he explained the significance of Japanese involvement in the excavation and research in the midst of Turkey. Then, he explained tradition of earth mother which had been inherited across Anatolia, characteristics of Artemis at Ephesus, where the Anatolian and the Greek cultures have amalgamated, propagation of Christianity by Saint Paul, the life of Christians at the time, relationships between state and religion, history of the migration and Islamization of Turks, and so forth to teach us the position and importance of Cappadocia and Ayasofya in Turkish history.

In question and answer session, wide-ranging topics were discussed, such as the topic surrounding the establishment of the Republic of Turkey, problems that contemporary Turkey faces, and ethnic distinction of the Turks. We were able to have a glimpse of dynamism and magnificence history in which the cultures and religion of the East and the West clashes with each other. It was a very valuable opportunity indeed.


The venue for the lecture: West Hall