Sunday, September 27, 2009

Audience laugh

Giving a talk is part of my life. I am invited to give a talk from various quarters, but I cannot comply with most of them. I have to say no to ~95% of the invitations, much to my regret.

I gave a talk in Hakata this Saturday, to an audience of about 1700. The lecture was organized by Mainichi Shimbun, one of the largest newspapers in Japan.

When I give a talk to the public, I naturally touch upon my own expertise, namely the brain sciences. At the same time, I try to make the talk as entertaining as possible. To that end, my experiences in childhood attending the Yose comic shows prove useful.

At the Yose, several entertainments are provided. The most staple form is Rakugo, Japanese traditional sit-down comedy. My father and grandfather liked listening to Rakugo at the Yose, and I was often taken to the performances in my childhood.

Although I did not realize it for a long time, when I give a public lecture to the general audience my childhood sojourns to Yose help me very much. I feel happy when the audience laugh.

Myself giving a talk this Saturday in a theater in Hakata.


R.Yuzuriha said...

I can imagine that feeling,"I feel happy when the audience laugh."
Not only people who are laughing, but also a person who let the people have fun and laugh can make feel happy. Sharing is wonderful!

But I also don't dislike to grin automatically when I found some interesting thing...

T.Sadahiro said...

Good evening, it was a talk of "Mr.Shirasu, literature, and English, etc." to interesting though it was a theme of the lecture meeting "Brain and man" today.
The blog was shown. The talk and others in Iizuka was read for a long time.
English still used the translation site because it was impossible.
It obstructed it.

Kanako said...

Hello Mr.Mogi,
I was one of today's your audience in Hotel Okura.
With listening your lecture, I was just thinking about likeness between your lecture and Rakugo.
All the time during the lecture, maybe you were very conscious of the points to get a laugh among us, weren't you ?

It was very nice to listen to you.
Not only your message but also the laugh you raised, I received them just like a kind of gift.
Every moment of laughing is precious for me.

Thank you very much for all and have a nice week :)

Petrusa de Koker said...

Its great to see a picture of Kenichiro Mogi at work. Seems like you are rolling up your sleeves (at least your left sleeve) and really getting into it. Wish I was there (even though I don't understand Japanese).

Anonymous said...

The photo you posted did look like you were actually giving some rakugo stories with an action :)

I bet your lecture was as fun and interesting as rakugo. I will be at your talk-show sometime soon. I will look forward to listening to your rakugoish fun talk!!

eelsnest said...

Someone state Rakugoish Fun Talk for your lecture. I do not think like that when watch you speaking on the screen but feel like things go straight in my brain.
I wonder if it will reward me a ticket for 11/2 in Kumamoto.

Anonymous said...

Wish I was there, too.

HN said...

Dear Dr. Mogi,

My wife, who has a master's degree in music, suggested that we attend your lecture at Hotel Okura, and I am so glad that I did. (We were located in the very front row, at the third and fourth seats to the right from the center.)

Past five years were rather difficult for me both personally (as my younger brother and mother passed away) and professionally (making me almost burnt out), and I have been more and more interested in mental, emotional, and artistic aspects in life.

Also, as I work in a Japan subsidiary of a US company, I am always struggling how best I can explain what is happening in Japan to non-Japanese people inside and outside of Japan.

Therefore, every second in your lecture was quite relevant to me. I am now reading the fourth book written by Dr. Mogi, and have just started reading a book by Mr. Hideo Kobayashi.

I am really grateful for having an opportunity to be inspired by the passion and intellect of Dr. Mogi.

(If I could briefly introduce myself: I am three years older than Dr. Mogi, and studied at the Law School at the same university. Also studied and worked in the U.S.)