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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 fiscal 2009, we have been holding a theme every year from among various events related to Kyoto as part of the Kyoto Skills Training Course of "Kyoto (Miyako) College," a lifelong learning project that opens up the university's knowledge resources to the community together with Kyoto City. This course will be held for the 16th time in 2016.

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2016 Kyoto Studies Lecture "Cultural Heritage of Kyoto: Connecting Japan to the Future"

Outline of the event
Kyoto has many historical buildings and forms a beautiful townscape. In addition to World Heritage temples and shrines, as well as Nijo Castle, there are the shrine town of Kamigamo, Hanamachi, and the Okazaki area, which is an important cultural landscape of Japan. Public residences, Kyomachiya, modern architecture from the Meiji era onwards, and buildings with modernization heritage are also alive and well in various parts of the city. When intangible human activities such as annual events, festivals, and cooking are added to these tangible buildings, the beauty of sophisticated tradition emerges from season to season. This series unravels Kyoto's cultural heritage as a Japan that connects to the future.
April 30, 2016 (Sat) ~ December 10, 2016 (Sat) 10:00~11:30 (Reception 9:30~) *All 10 basic courses + 2 practical courses (practical courses vary in time and place)

In preparation for the opening of the 2016 Kyoto Studies Course, a special lecture (no application required, admission free) will be held on March 12 (Saturday).

Campus Plaza Kyoto 4th floor lecture room
2 (Shiokoji, Nishinotoin-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto)
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1st session: Saturday, April 30, 2016 "Culture of Kamo ~After the Ceremony of the New Year Ceremony~"

Lecturer: Mr. Yasuhiro Tanaka Kamobetsu Raijinja Shrine (Kamigamo Shrine) Miyaji
(Talk) Kazuhiko Kobayashi, Professor, Kyoto Sangyo University, Director, Institute of Japan Culture

Registered as a World Cultural Heritage Site, this shrine has many cultural property buildings, including the main shrine, which is a national treasure, and more than 70 festivals and events a year, such as the Kamo Festival (Aoi Festival). I believe that the only thing that has been able to inherit them to this day is the system of the "Shikinen Shrine Restoration", which was the 42nd in Heisei 27. After completing the service of the various festivals, I would like to talk in detail about the culture of Kamo that has been inherited from our predecessors, including visual materials.

2nd session: Saturday, May 14 "Living and Customs of Kyomachiya"

Lecturer: Setsuko Sugimoto, Executive Director, Naraya Memorial Sugimoto Family Preservation Association

The first generation of the Sugimoto family founded the Kyoto kimono merchant Naraya in the 3rd year of Kanho in the Edo period. After that, the family business continued until the end of the Showa era, but in Heisei 4, the Kyomachiya Sugimoto family residence and the culture of the Edo period townspeople nurtured there were transferred to the foundation. The fifth generation handed down the memorandum of life written during the Tempo year, "Saichu Oboe," and that tradition is still inherited today. In this course, we will touch on the essence of the frugal and well-behaved life of the Kyoto merchants of the Edo period, focusing on the pattern of food, and consider what we should learn today.

3rd session: Saturday, May 21 "The Charm of Nijo Castle ~ Fusion of Architecture and Barrier Painting"

Lecturer: Seiji Namiki, Professor, Kyoto Institute of Technology, Director of the Arts and Crafts Museum

Nijo Castle, a World Heritage Site, is a representative of castle architecture that retains the style of samurai-style shoin in the early 17th century, and is also a treasure trove of barrier paintings by Kano school painters who were active from Momoyama to the early Edo period, including Kano Tōyō. And the charm of Nijo Castle is that you can experience its architecture and the way it was when the paintings were first produced. In the lecture, we will introduce the charm of this building, focusing on the relationship between the room composition of Nijo Castle and the barrier painting.

4th session June 25 (Sat) "The Present and Future of Gion Festival"

Lecturer: Mr. Yoshihiro Kishimoto President
, Gion Matsuri Yamahoko Federation (Dialogue)Mr. Toru Yagi, Professor, Faculty of History, Bukkyo University

Two years have passed since the July 24 festival was held for the first time in 49 years, and the Ofunahoko was revived for the first time in 150 years. How will the Gion Festival change in the future? We would like to invite Mr. Yoshihiro Kishimoto, who was newly appointed as the president of the Yamahoko Federation from this year, to talk about the various issues surrounding the Gion Festival and his aspirations for the future of the Gion Festival.

5th July 16 (Sat) "Architectural Culture of Hanamachi in Kyoto"

Lecturer: Eriko Inoue, Associate Professor, Faculty of Home Economics, Kyoto Women's University

In Kyoto, there are five flower districts: Gion-Kobe, Gion-Higashi, Miyagawa-cho, Pontocho, and Kamishichiken. In addition to tea houses and yakata (= okiya), these Hanamachi have buildings unique to Hanamachi, such as a kabutenjo (dance theater), rehearsal facilities (including schools), and number checks. In this lecture, based on a survey of the five flower streets in Kyoto, we will introduce these buildings and consider the architectural culture of Hanamachi and its raison d'être.

6th September 3 (Sat) "Guide to the highlights of Western-style architecture in Kyoto"

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

The ancient capital of Kyoto escaped from war and earthquakes, and many historical buildings remain. Here, we will take up Western-style architecture of the Meiji Taisho Showa period and explain its characteristics and significance. Starting with the quasi-Western style of the early Meiji period, we will trace the historical transition from the authentic Western-style architecture of the late Meiji period, the fusion with secessions and Japanese-style designs of the Taisho period, and the Art Deco and modern design of the early Showa period. In addition, while discussing architectural types that are not often noted, such as schools, houses, and factories, we will also introduce architects who worked in Kyoto.

7th session: October 8 (Sat) "Going down the Hozu River as a Cultural Heritage ~ Aiming for Selection of Important Cultural Landscapes"

Lecturer: Tomohachi Toyoda, Representative Director
, Hozugawa Pleasure Boat Enterprise Association (Dialogue) Norishi Kawahara, Professor, Faculty of Letters, Ritsumeikan University

In the construction of Heian-kyo, wood was transported using the Hozu River. About 400 years ago, Kakukura Ryo and Soan opened the river, and firewood and rice were transported by boat. In the Meiji period, with the opening of the Kyoto Railway (now the JR Sagano Line), the means of transportation shifted to railways. On the other hand, the Hozu River rafting has come to attract attention as a tourist resource. I will talk about the tradition of going down the Hozu River and the activities of sailors.

8th session: October 22 (Sat) "Cultural Landscape of Okazaki and Lake Biwa Canal ~ Changes in Land Use in the Okazaki Area Surrounding the Ohto Canal"

Lecturer: Masatoshi Shiraki, Lecturer, Osaka Prefecture University Institute for the Promotion of Higher Education

We will explain the transition of the landscape of the Okazaki area in modern times, mainly by showing maps and photographs. The significance of the Lake Biwa Canal regulating the land use of the area was significant, and the area, which was only a suburban farming village in the late modern period, was transformed into a holiday space that represents Kyoto, where villas, factories, museums, zoos, and Heian Jingu shrines are concentrated. On the other hand, the area still retains some of its characteristics from the early modern period, and since it was not spared from postwar development, it is clarified that the current Okazaki area is a suburban area formed in a mosaic shape.

9th session November 12 (Sat) "Traditional soup stock of Japan ~ its deliciousness and contribution to health"

Lecturer: Toru Fushiki, Professor, Faculty of Agriculture, Ryukoku University

Dashi is an important part of the taste of Japan food. However, there are many things that can be called dashi in France, China, and other parts of the world. The traditional dashi of Japan, for example, is to draw kelp and bonito flakes in a short time so that there is no unpleasant taste. Our commitment to pure umami makes the most of the deliciousness of the ingredients. While explaining the reasons for the deliciousness of traditional dashi, I would like to clarify the relationship between healthy Japan food and dashi.

10th December 10 (Sat) "From the stage of Shimizu"

Lecturer: Mr. Kiyonori Mori Mr. Kanji
Otowayama Kiyomizudera (Dialogue)Mr. Toru Yagi, Professor, Faculty of History, Bukkyo University

Kiyomizu-dera Temple has been hit by more than 10 major fires since its founding, and has been rebuilt each time. During the Onin War, the Gan-Ajo people rebuilt the temple by casting a bell instead of a building first, with the solicitation of many people. This is a great idea. Kiyomizu-dera Temple is currently undergoing major repairs to the Heisei period. History is not simply a continuation of time, but brilliance only when it breathes the breath of time into it.

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). To apply, please apply to Kyoto College students first, and we will guide you to apply for the practical course for those who have become Kyoto College students. Please note that if there are a large number of applicants, a lottery will be held.

Practical Lecture (1) July 22 (Fri) 10:00~11:30 "Gion Matsuri Halle Day Tradition" Venue: Important Cultural Property Sugimoto Family Residence 

Capacity: 35 (if there are many applicants, they will be selected by lottery) Participation fee: 1,500 yen

Commentary: Setsuko Sugimoto, Executive Director, Naraya Memorial Sugimoto Family Preservation Association

The Sugimoto House was designated as an important cultural property in 1870 (Meiji 3). Yadacho, where it is located, is a Ujiko town that puts out Mt. Haku for the Gion Festival, and the Sugimoto Family Residence "Shop Room" is open to the public every year on July 14th ~ 16th as a decoration place. This tour will be held specially during the Gion Festival after the festival, and will explain the family's relationship with the Gion Festival since the Edo period, the traditions of the annual event of Halle, and the mountain hoko drawings by Muramatsu Kagebun (Maruyama Shijo school painter) in the collection.

Practical Lecture (2) November 26 (Sat) 12:00~14:00 "Exploring the True Pleasure of Japan Cuisine" Venue: Kyoto Cuisine Manshige 

Capacity: 45 (if there are many applicants, they will be selected by lottery) Participation fee: 8,000 yen

Commentary: Mr. Kunikatsu Tamura Kyoto cuisine Manshige, second generation owner

In the land of Nishijin, where the traditional culture of Kyoto is deeply alive, Kyoto cuisine Manju is said to have been founded in Showa 12. Mr. Kunikatsu Tamura, the second-generation owner, says, "The heart of business that we have inherited through the goodwill is to serve dishes unique to our restaurant that meet the hearts of each and every customer," and we would like you to enjoy the traditional taste while talking about the real pleasure of Japan cuisine, which has been registered as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage.


"Kyoto's Cultural Heritage ~ Japan Connecting to the Future" consists of 10 basic courses. Participation in the course is basically by applying for all 10 courses as a Kyoto College student. In addition, the two practical courses can only be applied for by those who are accepted as Kyoto College students.

◆Take the course as a Kyoto College student

Admission Fee
10,000 yen (10 sessions in total)
* Practical course requires a separate fee.
How to apply
Please apply using the application form attached to the Kyoto College Student Recruitment Guide. The application slip can be printed out for submission from the application slip preparation system of "How to Apply for 2016" on the Kyoto College Link website below.
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 8 (Tue.) ~ 19 (Sat.), 2016 *If you bring your own, you will be accepted at Campus Plaza Kyoto for two days from 10:00~16:00 on March 18 (Fri) and 19 (Sat).
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 Student Recruitment 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 by mid-April. Information on how to apply for the practical course will be enclosed with those who have been accepted.
4. Please refrain from making inquiries about whether or not to take the course.
5. Please note that once the tuition fee is paid, it will not be refunded.

◆ When taking one course at a time

* In fiscal 2016, the attendance capacity was met, so it was decided that each course would not be attended. Thank you for your understanding.

◆Students of Consortium Kyoto Member Schools

Students who fall under (1) and (2) below can take the course free of charge. If you wish to participate in the practical course, you need to apply as a Kyoto College student, so please be sure to attach a copy of your student ID and apply within the period.
(1) Students and international students of consortium Kyoto member schools (excluding graduate schools, majors, and correspondence course students) (2)
enrolled in all courses at the Kyoto Learning Center, The Open University of Japan *Each course will not be held because the capacity for each course was met in 2016. Thank you for your understanding.

We will hold a special course again this year.

In conjunction with the opening of the 2016 Kyoto Studies "Cultural Heritage of Kyoto" course, a special course will be held as an opening project. In the special lecture, there will be a lecture by Kimiko Reizumi, wife of the Reisen family, who follows the "Uta Sei" of the Heian and Kamakura periods, Fujiwara no Toshinari and Teike, and a dialogue with Professor Toru Yagi of Bukkyo University.
Admission to this commemorative course is free and no application is required.

Special Lecture Saturday, March 12, 2016

"Buddha, the god of the town"
Lecturer: Kimiko Reizumi Executive Director, Reisenke Tokiyutei Bunko
(Dialogue) Toru Yagi, Professor, Faculty of History, Bukkyo University

Speaking of Kyoto's cultural heritage, shrines and temples such as Heian Jingu Shrine and Kiyomizu-dera Temple are famous, but I think we must never forget that not only that, but also the common people living in Kyoto value the shrines and jizo in each town. This is the Toshinari shrine dedicated to Fujiwara no Toshinari. The gods and Buddhas of the town are small and nameless, but they have a history that the townspeople have worked hard to protect for generations. Isn't this the underlying strength of Kyoto's culture?

Time: 13:30~15:00 (Doors open 13:00)
Venue: Campus Plaza Kyoto 4F Lecture Room 2
Capacity: 250 (first-come, first-served basis)
No application required, free admission

Contact information

Consortium of Universities Kyoto College (Kyoto Studies Course) 〒600-8216 Campus Plaza Kyoto 1st Floor
, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-shi Shiokoji-ku TEL.075-353-9121
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