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The Role of “Craft Language” in Learning “Waza”

  • Kumiko Ikuta
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Abstract

The role of “craft language” in the process of teaching (learning) “Waza” (skill) will be discussed from the perspective of human intelligence.

It may be said that the ultimate goal of learning “Waza” in any Japanese traditional performance is not the perfect reproduction of the teaching (learning) process of “Waza”. In fact, a special metaphorical language (“craft language”) is used, which has the effect of encouraging the learner to activate his creative imagination. It is through this activity that the he learns his own “habitus” (“Kata”).

It is suggested that, in considering the difference of function between natural human intelligence and artificial intelligence, attention should be paid to the imaginative activity of the learner as being an essential factor for mastering “Kata”.

Keywords

Waza Skill Craft language Kata Katachi Habitus Human intelligence Artificial intelligence 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kumiko Ikuta
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  1. 1.Sugino Women’s College4-6-19 Kamiosaki, Shinagawa-KuJapan

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