Japan Society of San Diego & Tijuana

31st Annual Kyoto Prize Symposium

The Kyoto Prize is an international award created in 1984 by Japan’s non-profit Inamori Foundation to honor those who have contributed significantly to humankind’s scientific, cultural and spiritual development. Consisting of academic honors, a commemorative gold medal and a cash gift of 50 million yen (approximately $420,000), it is Japan’s highest private award for global achievement.


The Kyoto Prize Symposium is a three-day celebration of the lives and works of those receiving the prestigious Kyoto Prize. The Symposium provides an opportunity for an international audience to learn about the achievements of the latest Kyoto Prize laureates and to discuss the relationship between their accomplishments and the common quest for peace and harmony among peoples, cultures and nations.

Dr. Toyoki Kunitake – Advanced Technology

March 16, 2016 10:00 a.m. – San Diego State University

Dr. Michel Mayor – Basic Sciences

March 16, 2016 3:30 p.m. – University of California, San Diego

Mr. John Neumeier – Arts & Philosophy

March 17, 2016 10:30 a.m. – University of San Diego

“Shakespeare Danced”

John Neumeier, internationally renowned chief choreographer and artistic director of Germany’s Hamburg Ballet, will direct four of the Hamburg Ballet’s highly acclaimed principal dancers: Carsten Jung (Germany), Hèléne Bouchet (France), Edvin Revazo (Russia), and Anna Laudere (Latvia) in an afternoon performance of vignettes from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Othello and A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

Mr. Neumeier will share thoughts about each dance, and close the afternoon with questions from the audience.

March 17, 2016 2:15 p.m. – University of San Diego, Camino Hall, Shiley Theatre

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