Topic2 Do arts play a less significant role in the society today than in the past?
I believe that arts play a less significant role in the society…I am sorry. I do not believe that
arts play a less significant role in society today than in the past. Today, they are becoming more
important. Let me explain.
First, the world peace. Arts can help build up international relationship. People can share
arts even when they can’t communicate with languages. This is very helpful to the world peace.
Second, good health condition. Arts like music have a capacity to heal people. For example,
I can feel better when I listen to my favorite music. Music are very effective in healing depressed
Finally, children can learn many things through arts. Arts can stimulate a feeling of beauty.
This is very useful for their development.
For these reasons, I do not believe that arts play a less significant role in the society today
than in the past. They are still very important.
Examiner 1: You say that arts are very useful to form international relationship. Do you have any
Me: Yes. Some great Japanese violinists play in the world. For example, Kashimoto Daishin is
one of the famous violinist playing in an orchestra in Europe, contributing to make
good relationship between Japan and European countries.
Examiner 2: You said music is good for the health. Do you know music therapy has already
Me: Yes. In some fields of gerontology, it is proved that music has a great capacity of healing.
Some classical music are very helpful to heal elderly people.
Examiner 2: You said about music. Do you think paintings are useful too?
Me: Yes. Paintings are very helpful to international relationship. For example, in this summer
Van Gogh’s pictures exhibition was held in Sapporo. Many people went to the museum.
Examiner 1: Do you go to museums often?
Me: Ah…Recently I haven’t been there. I have no time to go there. I used to. I want to.
Examiner 2: You said children can learn a lot of things through arts. Please talk more about that.
Me:Arts inspired children. Children can learn the teachings of important things about human
Examiner 1: Do you think art education should be mandatory at school?
Me: It’s a difficult question. I don’t think art education should be mandatory,because children
can learn arts spontaneously, but academics subjects such as mathematics and English are
difficult to learn themselves.
Examiner 2: You said Van Gogh ?
Me: Yes, Van Gogh .
Examiner 2: Do you like him?
Examiner 2: Do you have any other favorite artist? Was you influenced by the person?
Me: Yes. I like Paul Delvau too. He is one of the greatest surrealist. I was inspired
Examiner 2: I am sorry.