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Dining with the Ghosts of Sarah Bernhardt and Alfons Mucha
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Alfons Maria Mucha   Czech: listen ; 24 July — 14 July ,  known in English and French as Alphonse Mucha , was a Czech painter, illustrator and graphic artist, living in Paris during the Art Nouveau period, best known for his distinctly stylized and decorative theatrical posters of Sarah Bernhardt. In the second part of his career, at the age of 43, he returned to his homeland and devoted himself to painting a series of twenty monumental canvases known as The Slav Epic , depicting the history of all the Slavic peoples of the world,  which he painted between and In , on the 10th anniversary of the independence of Czechoslovakia, he presented the series to the Czech nation.
On Friday, July 22, as the stifling heat and humidity of summer relented for just a fleeting few days, hundreds of people filled a hall at Enkakuji Temple in Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture, to listen to a lecture by philosophy scholar Alfons Deeken. German-born Deeken, a professor emeritus at Sophia University in Tokyo, and long a leading promoter of death education in Japan, told the audience in lively, fluent Japanese that the more you think about your own death, the more you realize how precious your life is — and so the more you will live your life to the full. Deeken, who is honorary chairman of Sei to Shi wo Kangaeru Kai the Japanese Association of Death Education and Grief Counseling , which he founded , then went on to emphasize that learning about death and dying is not a depressing pursuit, but one that leads to a fuller appreciation of life. During his childhood in wartime Germany, Deeken often encountered death in his family and among his friends, including those who were victims of Allied bombing. Born in as the third child of a pious Catholic father who was a real estate agent and farmer in Emstek in the northern German state of Lower Saxony, young Deeken helped his anti-Nazi father in various ways, including typing for secret distribution many copies of a speech by a bishop criticizing the regime.