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At Plaza College, which was established in 2001, the University Consortium Kyoto has published the results of research on Kyoto Studies as the Kyoto Studies Course. Since 2009, as part of the Kyoto Skills Training Course established at Kyoto College, we have set a theme every year from among various events related to Kyoto and provide topics related to it.

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In Kyoto, traditional festivals and events are crowded in each of the four seasons. Some festivals, such as the Aoi Festival and the Gion Festival, are famous throughout the country, while others are held quietly and quietly. However, they can all be said to represent the prayers of the people living in the ancient city of 1,000 years. In this series, we will unravel the various aspects of folk events and popular beliefs rooted in Kyoto, sometimes thinking about the lives of the people of Tokyo in the Edo period, and at other times imagining modern festivals.

2015 Kyoto Studies Course "Kyoto Festival and Bustle"

April 25, 2015 (Sat) ~ January 16, 2016 (Sat) 10:00~11:30 (Reception 9:30~)
*14 sessions + 2 practical courses
Campus Plaza Kyoto 4th floor lecture room
2 (Shiokoji, Nishinotoin-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto)
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1st Saturday, April 25, 2015 "Aoi Festival"

Lecturer: Mr. Kanekatsu Inokuma (Professor Emeritus, Kyoto Tachibana University, President of the Aoi Festival Procession Preservation Association)

In spring, the three major festivals in Kyoto begin with the Aoi Festival. It is said that it began when a messenger of Emperor Kammu, who moved the capital to Yamashiro Province, reported to the god of Kamo, and noble women fought for the place of the ox cart to see the appearance of the imperial envoy of the prince decided every year. It is a feature that appears in aristocratic diaries and dynastic literature. In the past, there was a ceremony in the imperial court to greet the emperor in the imperial court, and a ceremony for the head of the street and the head of the company as they walked through the city, but the imperial ceremony was canceled. Explore the charm of the only festival where you can still see the customs of the dynasty for more than a thousand years.

2nd May 9 (Sat) "Aoi Festival ~ Heian Dynasty Ya"

Lecturer: Mr. Naoto Araki (Kamo Goso Shrine (Shimogamo Shrine) Miyaji)

The Kamo Festival, which is held on May 15, is also called the "Aoi Festival" because it adorns the costumes and ritual utensils. It dates back to the Asuka period, more than 1,400 years ago. It originated in the 5th year of Emperor Kinmei (544) to pray for the fertility of the country and the safety of the people, and has been passed down to this day as one of the three major imperial festivals of Japan. In this lecture, in addition to the history and culture of the Aoi Festival, we will explain the importance and significance of inheriting traditional festivals.

3rd May 30 (Sat) "Gion Festival of the Warring States Period"

Lecturer: Masayoshi Kawachi (Professor, Faculty of Letters, Nara University)

The prototype of the Gion Festival currently held in Kyoto dates back to the Sengoku period. Then, what was the Gion Festival like during the Warring States period? Here, I would like to explore the history of the Warring States period based on historical documents written by people who lived at that time. In addition, there are pictorial historical materials such as the Rakuchu Rakugai map depicting the state of the Gion Festival, so I will think about them while looking at them. I would also like to take a look at the two festivals of the Mikoshi Crossing and the Yamahoko Tour.

4th Saturday, June 6 "Textiles of the Gion Festival"

Lecturer: Masako Yoshida (Professor, Faculty of Fine Arts, Kyoto City University of Arts)

The mountain hoko of the Gion Festival is filled with dyed textiles collected from all over the world. Among these dyed textile products, representative works are explained in an easy-to-understand manner. This time, we will introduce 16th-century European tapestries that remain on Koiyama, etc., carpets made in Persia, India, and Turkey of the 16~19th centuries that remain in longsword hoko, etc., and Chinese dragon pagods of the 16th ~ 19th centuries that remain on Mt. Kuroshi. Take this course to participate in the Gion Festival, and this year please enjoy the Gion Festival from a different perspective than before.
* There was an error in the schedule of the fourth session. To be precise, it is Saturday the 6th. We sincerely apologize.

5th June 27 (Sat) "Gion Festival and Yamahoko"

Lecturer: Tomoo Kawashima (Professor, Faculty of Contemporary Home Economics, Kyoto Kacho University)

Registered as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage, the "Kyoto Gion Festival Yamahoko Event". Currently, as many as 33 mountain hoko are patrolling the Gion Festival, and it is one of the largest events crowded with tourists. In fiscal 2014, along with the revival of the Go-Matsuri, the revival and pilgrimage of Ofunahoko became a major topic. In this lecture, we will invite Mr. Shigeo Tanaka, who was involved in the restoration of mountain hoko as a palace carpenter, and Professor Kawashima, an architectural historian, will teach the key points of mountain hoko observation by asking about the history of Ofunahoko's reconstruction and the characteristics of mountain hoko.

6th August 1 (Sat) "Kyoto Obon ~ From Family Events to Fires of the Five Mountains"

Lecturer: Mr. Tadayoshi Murakami (Chief of the Arts and Crafts and Folk Cultural Properties Section, Cultural Properties Protection Division, Kyoto City)

Various Bon festivals have been handed down throughout Kyoto. As a custom of welcoming ancestors held in each house and events held in each community, Bon Odori and pine raising events are handed down in the surrounding villages. Among them, the fires of the Five Mountains are a special event in terms of their scale and the culture of appreciating them throughout the town. In this course, I would like to think about what Bon events are through the Bon festivals held in each unit, including the house, the community, and the entire city.

7th August 8 (Sat) "Atago Faith and Fire Festival ~ Life and Faith"

Lecturer: Hitoshi Ukai (President, Kyoto Atago Study Group)

Familiar from "Atagoshifu Hinoyojin", the bill of Atago Shrine. It is said that the "1,000-day pilgrimage" on July 31 every year has a thousand days' worth of benefits, and many pilgrims visit Atago in search of bills. In addition, in each region, distinctive events such as matsurai, which is said to be based on the Atago faith, are distributed. In this course, I would like to think about fire beliefs and festivals that are rooted in our lives.

8th September 19 (Sat) "Zuiki Festival ~ Tenjin Worship Living in Nishinokyo"

Lecturer: Akiko Saegusa (Associate Professor, Faculty of Letters, Ritsumeikan University)

The Zuiki Festival, held from October 1 to 5 every year, is a valuable festival that conveys the history of Tenjin worship by the people of Nishinokyo, the former Kitano Tenmangu Shrine territory. In particular, the "Zuki Mikoshi" patrol on the 4th is attracting attention as a "vegetable mikoshi" patrol. Therefore, in this course, we would like to deepen our understanding of the history and culture of the region united by the belief in Tenjin by introducing the history of the Zuiki Festival, the structure and production process of the Zuikimikoshi, and the people involved in the production.

9th October 3 (Sat) "Jidai Festival"

Lecturer: Mr. Kanekatsu Inokuma (Professor Emeritus, Kyoto Tachibana University, Jidai Festival Examination Committee)

Nearly 30 years after the Imperial Palace moved to Edo 120 years ago, the Jidai Festival was born with an exposition that symbolized the rebirth of Kyoto. It was a citizens' festival to look back on the 1,000-year history of Kyoto through customs. Looking back on history from the end of the Tokugawa shogunate, dignitaries who made Kyoto the capital at the end of the line appear. It is also unique to the Jidai Festival to find the "old man" of the neighborhood nervously on the horse. Each costume has been restored through rigorous examination and is the crystallization of traditional Kyoto techniques. We will also tell you the story behind the scenes of the examination and the hardships of the festival.

10th October 10 (Sat) "Kurama Fire Festival"

Lecturer: Masayuki Fukumochi (Engineer, Kyoto City Cultural Properties Protection Division)

The Kurama Fire Festival is known as a brave torch festival. However, the original protagonists are two mikoshi. Every year on the night of October 22, a ceremony is held to welcome guests from Yuki Shrine to the shrine and send them the next day. The torches are just one element of the procession of the mikoshi welcome by the Ujiko. In this course, we will explain the roles and preparations of each of the seven companions, the movements of the day, and various elements such as mikoshi and kenhoko, so that you can deepen your understanding of the overall picture of the festival.

11th October 24 (Sat) "Frost Moon Fire Burning and Daikon Burning"

Lecturer: Toru Yagi (Professor, Faculty of History, Bukkyo University)

The festivals held in Kyoto from autumn to winter reveal the belief in fire. Fire is an essential part of our lives that gives us precious blessings, but it is also a monster with terrible power that can destroy everything. In particular, the "Ohibon" held in November and the "Daikon Bon" held in early December are fire festivals that represent autumn and winter in Kyoto. I would like to think about the simple belief in fire that has been alive in people since ancient times.

12th November 28 (Sat) "Okera-Mairi ~ Craftsmen who support the bustle"

Lecturer: Tomohiro Aoe (Engineer, Kyoto Prefectural Yamashiro Museum)

Okeramairi is known as a lifestyle event that colors New Year's Eve in Kyoto. From New Year's Eve to New Year's Day, people visit Yasaka Shrine and transfer the fire of the white lanterns in the precincts to a rope and bring it home, and it has been a custom of Ujiko and other Kyoto people to cook zoni on this fire and wish for a disease-free life for one year. This time, we will trace the history and focus on the people who support Okerarairi, especially the craftsmen who continue to make bamboo matchlocks.

13th December 12 (Sat) New Year's exorcism and repentance from the master

Lecturer: Toru Yagi (Professor, Faculty of History, Bukkyo University)

What was the meaning of Shiran, or the 12th month of the lunar calendar? I think it was probably a month for the "Great Exorcism". In Kyoto until the early modern period, an event called the Great Exorcism was held mainly at the imperial court. Then, how did the common people exorcise their sins and injuries? Using the repentance event held at the temple as a theme, I would like to think about the scene of the former Kyoto master run and the New Year.

14th Saturday, January 16, 2016 "Setsubun ~ Events and Demons that Invite Spring"

Lecturer: Akira Hashimoto (Curator, The Museum of Kyoto)

Setsubun is an event that is familiar to our lives, but it has many mysterious aspects. Why is Setsubun held in early February? Why do demons come to Setsubun? What does "Setsubun" mean in the first place? If you think about it deeply, there are many mysteries about the event called Setsubun. In this course, we will explore the origin and meaning of Setsubun. It also mentions the peach festival in March and gives an overview of the culture of the annual event from the perspective of spring.

Practical Courses

The Kyoto Studies Course incorporates not only lecture-style courses, but also "hands-on courses" that actually touch Kyoto locally. This practical course is as follows.
* Participation in the practical course can only be applied for by Kyoto College students (described later). We will inform you how to apply when you contact us whether or not your application has been accepted. Please note that if there are a large number of applicants, a lottery will be held.

Practical Lecture (1) Tuesday, July 21, 2015 12:00~14:00

"Gion Festival and Kyoto Cuisine ~ Nakamuraro" (capacity 35 people, participation fee 8,000 yen)

Commentary: Masamitsu Tsuji (12th owner of Nakamura Tower)

Nakamura Tower stands in the Omotesando of Yasaka Shrine with a 480-year-old style. This time, we will taste Kyoto cuisine related to the Gion Festival at a long-established restaurant that is said to have been founded in the Muromachi period. At the Nagatoboko Shrine Pilgrimage held on July 13, the owner of Nakamuraro, who plays an important role in dedicating child-mochi to Yasaka Shrine and serving lunch to children, will explain Kyoto cuisine and talk about his thoughts on the Gion Festival.

Practical Lecture (2) December 9 (Wed) 10:00~11:30

"Daikon Burning ~ Ryotokuji Temple" (Capacity: 30 people, participation fee: 2,000 yen)

Commentary: Toru Yagi (Professor, Faculty of History, Bukkyo University)

At Ryotokuji Temple in Narutaki, "daikon fire" is held on December 9th and 10th every year. It is said that if you eat this radish, you can spend your time without illness, and it has been popular with many people since ancient times. This year, I would like to think about the prayers of the people behind the daikon burning while eating hot radish with all of you.


"Kyoto Festival and Bustle" consists of 14 lectures. There are two ways to participate in the course: you can apply for all 14 sessions as a Kyoto College student, or you can participate in one course at a time. Only Kyoto College students can apply for the practical course.

◆Take the course as a Kyoto College student

Admission Fee
10,000 yen (14 sessions in total)
* Practical course requires a separate fee.
How to apply
Please apply using the application form attached to the Kyoto College Application Guide. Application slips can be registered and output from the website.
Documents to be submitted
(1) Application form 1 copy
(2) 1 photo of your face for Kyoto College membership card (3 cm long × 3 cm wide)
Period of acceptance
《Mail》Must arrive
by March 10 (Tue.) ~ 21 (Sat., National Holiday), 2015 *If you bring your own, you will be accepted at Campus Plaza Kyoto for two days from March 20 (Fri) and 21 (Sat) 10:00~16:00.

University Consortium Kyoto (in charge of Kyoto College)

Kyoto College Link https://www.consortium.or.jp/project/sg/details

1.For details on how to apply, please refer to the Kyoto College Application Guide.
2. Please note that if the capacity (250 people) is exceeded, the possibility of taking the course will be decided by lottery.
3. Notification of acceptance will be mailed in early April. Information on how to apply for the local course will be enclosed with those who have been accepted.
4. Please refrain from making inquiries about whether or not to take the course.

◆ When taking one course at a time

Admission Fee
1,000 yen (1 time)
How to apply
Please come directly to the venue on the day of the event and pay the tuition fee at the reception.

1. If you are a Kyoto College student and meet the capacity, you may be refused admission.
2. Please note that participation in the practical course is only accepted by Kyoto College students.

students of Consortium Kyoto member schools Students who fall under (1) and (2) can take the course free of charge. If you wish to participate in the practical course, you must apply as a Kyoto College student, so please be sure to attach a copy of your student ID and apply within the period. If you wish to take the course separately, please present your student ID directly at the reception desk at the venue.
(1) Students and international students of Consortium Kyoto member schools (excluding graduate schools, majors, and correspondence course students) (2)
All course students of the Kyoto Learning Center, The Open University of Japan

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