The Alfred Nobel Auditorium
Yesterday we had a ceremony officially giving the auditorium at the Embassy the name “The Alfred Nobel Auditorium”. Before taking off the cover of the name plate attached to the wall at the entrance, the Executive Director of the Nobel Foundation, Mr. Lars Heikensten, spoke briefly on the significance of Alfred Nobel and congratulated Japan on having won 18 Nobel prizes so far. As a first activity under the new name Mr. Kaj Falkman, Chairman of the Swedish Haiku Society, gave a lecture analyzing the poetry of this year’s winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature, Tomas Tranströmer.
One day earlier I attended the opening of a big Nobel exhibition at the National Science museum in Ueno, Tokyo. Several Japanese Nobel laureates and representatives from the Government were present. The exhibition will run until the end of January and is well worth a visit.