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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 17th time in 2017.

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2017 Kyoto Studies Course "Kyoto moved at that time ~From Edo to Meiji~"

Outline of the event
In its long history, Japan has experienced many turbulent times. Since Kyoto has been the capital for a long time, it can be said that it has always been directly and indirectly influenced by it.
This year, we will focus on historical events that have greatly shaken Kyoto. In particular, I think that the events from the Oriho period to the early Meiji period often retain traces of their existence even to the present day. Therefore, I would like to limit the subject to that era and think about the turbulent history of Kyoto.
2017/5/20(Sat)~2018/1/20(Sat) Each course has a capacity of 250 people【Morning course】 10:00~11:30 ( Registration 9:30~ )【Afternoon course】 12:30~14:00 ( Reception 12:00~ )

* In fiscal 2017, the capacity of each "Morning Course" and "Afternoon Course" has been increased to 250 people
. Please apply for either course. Both lectures are the same. If the capacity of each course is exceeded, it will be decided whether or not to take it by lottery. Also, please note that you cannot change the course after applying or take other courses after the course starts.
* A total of 10 basic courses + 2 practical courses (practical courses vary in time and place)
In preparation for the opening of the 2017 Kyoto Studies Course, a special course (application required, admission free) will be held on Saturday, March 11. * Finished.

Campus Plaza Kyoto 4th Floor Lecture Room
2 (Shiokoji, Nishinotoin-dori, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto)
Admission Fee
10,000 yen (10 basic courses)
* Practical courses require a separate fee.
University Consortium Kyoto Kyoto Skills Training Course Kyoto Studies Pamphlet 【PDF】

Part 1: Saturday, May 20, 2017 "Kyoto's Transformation Period: Landscape Transformation from the Middle Ages and Early Modern Times to the Modern Era ~ Hideyoshi's Urban Remodeling: From Juraku No. 1 Castle to the Formation of Domain Residences"

Lecturer: Taro Amano, Professor, Faculty of Contemporary Social Studies, Doshisha Women's University

Hideyoshi's urban remodeling in the Middle Ages and early modern times greatly changed the urban structure of Kyoto. It was also a change in Kyoto, including Juraku Daiichi Castle Town. While focusing on old maps such as the "Kyoto University Picture Map" created in the early modern period, we will look at how the urban structure changed from the end of the Tokugawa shogunate to modern Kyoto and how a new Kyoto was born.

2nd session: Saturday, June 3 "Fushimi "Capital" Plan ~ Toyotomi Hideyoshi's Center of Administration and Social Vision"

Lecturer: Mr. Hideyuki Umebayashi Kyoto High Cliff Association Cliff Leader

Fushimi Castle and the castle town, which were built as the center of the Toyotomi administration, expressed the image of a new society. It is truly Fushimi's place as the "capital". From Fushimi, where dynamic urban planning and topographical modifications were carried out, let's consider the emergence of early modern society. Furthermore, what kind of transition did Fushimi undergo after that? We will also decipher the transition of the city from "capital" to "transportation city" to "suburb".

3rd session: Saturday, June 24 "What is Nijo Castle ~ Focusing on the perspectives of Ieyasu and Iemitsu (Hidetada)"

Lecturer: Mr. Tamaki Goto, Former Rikyu Nijo Castle Office, Kyoto City Culture and Citizens' Bureau

Nijo Castle was built by Tokugawa Ieyasu when he was appointed as shogun, and was changed to its current appearance by Iemitsu (Hidetada) when Kannaga Yukiyuki took over. We will consider how the differences in the purpose and purpose of each were reflected in the territory from their perspective, based on the materials that remain today. In addition, we will clarify the role played by Nijo Castle and the value and significance of the Ninomaru Palace, which is considered to be the creation of Ieyasu, through comparison with similar examples.

4th July 29 (Sat) "Tokugawa Ieyasu and Chion-in"

Lecturer: Taitsu Imabori, Professor, Faculty of History, Bukkyo University

The reason why Ieyasu built a large temple in Chion-in and made it a bodhi place was that his ancestors received the favor of the Emperor as a resident priest of Chion-in and established the status of the Jodo sect head temple. By considering (1) the Mikawa-Matsudaira family and Chion-in, (2) the third shogun of Tokugawa and Chion-in, and (3) the women of the Tokugawa family and Chion-in, we will examine the history of Chion-in prospering as a temple that symbolizes the peace and prosperity of the city of Kyoto in the 10th year of Genroku, when Chion-in was given the title of "Enko Daishi" by a person above the law.

5th session: Saturday, September 2 "Renovation of Kamo River and the birth of the red-light district"

Lecturer: Akihisa Yoshikoshi, Professor Emeritus, Ritsumeikan University

In the early modern period, the first full-scale embankment of the Kamo River, the Kanbun New Embankment, was built. As a result, various changes were caused around the Kamo River, such as the riverbed rising as the width of the river narrowed, making it more likely to be damaged by floods. Originally, river embankments were built for the primary purpose of flood protection, but when you think about it, there are many contradictions in the structure of the "Kanbun New Embankment". Let's try to grasp the mystery of the construction of "Kanbun New Embankment" based on the fact that it was born in the red-light district around the river.

6th session: Saturday, September 16 "The Strangeness of the Forbidden Gate and the End of the Tokugawa Shogunate Kyoto ~ War Damage and Its Actual Situation"

Lecturer: Masatoshi Sasabe, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Cultural Studies, Kyoto Sangyo University

Kyoto at the end of the Tokugawa shogunate is truly an extraordinary situation. In the midst of the regaining of authority by the Mōri family of the Choshu Domain, which was ousted from the central political world due to the political upheaval that occurred in August of the 3rd year of the Bunkyu period, in July of the first year of the Motoji era, there was a situation of war between the shogunate and the daimyō families in Tokyo. Due to the war that occurred for the reasons of the samurai, the city of Kyoto was burned to the ground. How did the people react to such war damage? Let's think about it.

7th session: October 14 (Sat) "What is the Great Restitution?"

Lecturer: Tadamasa Aoyama, Professor, Faculty of History, Bukkyo University

On October 14, 1867, Shogun Tokugawa Yoshiyoshi presented the Imperial Court with the above statement stating that he would "return the government and enshrine him," and the next day, the Imperial Court listened to it in the name of the Emperor. What did Keiki return at this time? Let's consider what and how the return of power has changed in a concrete political situation.

8th November 18 (Sat) "Separation of Shinto and Buddha ~ Meiji Restoration of Temples and Shrines"

Lecturer: Miu Aotani, Part-time Lecturer, Kyoto University of Art and Design

The government's policy of separating Shinto and Buddhism has completely changed the nature of the places of worship that existed in many cities of Kyoto and supported people. The object of worship is distinguished into either "God" or "Buddha", and the place for God is "shrine" and the place for Buddha is "temple". Various frictions and obstacles also arose along the way. In this lecture, we will clarify what happened at that time through examples such as Enryakuji Temple, Yasaka Shrine, and Shogoin, the main mountain of Shugendo.

9th December 9 (Sat) "Painters' Meiji Restoration"

Lecturer: Tatsuya Tajima, Professor, Faculty of Fine Arts, Kyoto City University of Arts

Many painters such as the Kano school, the Tosa school, and the Maruyama Shijo school were active in the Kyoto art world in the late Edo period. The situation of the imperial court, temples and shrines, and townspeople who supported the economy changed completely with the Meiji Restoration. How did the painters survive as the Emperor moved to Tokyo, temples fell into disrepair, and industry sought to adapt to the new era? With keywords such as the painters' group Nyounsha, its relationship with crafts, exposition exhibitions, the establishment of an art school, and its expansion into Tokyo, we will follow the activities of Japan painters in Kyoto, such as Suho Takeuchi, until they regain their brilliance.

10th session: January 20 (Sat) "The Beginning of School Affairs in Kyoto ~ The Birth of Kyoto as an Academic City: Seen from the Architecture of School Buildings"

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

We will examine the birth and development of educational facilities from elementary school to university, as well as the process leading up to the present, through modern history and the architecture of school buildings. I would like to elucidate this perspective from the relationship between the plan, design, architect who designed it, and the community such as the school district. In addition to the program elementary school, the schools covered will include higher education facilities with existing historical school buildings such as Kyoto University, Ryukoku, Doshisha, Heian Jogakuin, Kogei Textile, Otani, and the former City University of Fine Arts, as well as secondary education facilities such as Toba, Kamoi, and Hiyoshi.

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.
* To participate in the practical course, you need to apply for Kyoto College students (described later). To apply, you will be required to apply for the basic course 10 times as a Kyoto College student, and at that time, you will be required to apply for the practical course of your choice. Please note that if there are a large number of applicants, a lottery will be held.

Practical Lecture (1) July 15 (Sat) 10:00~12:00 (tentative) (Meet and dismiss) "Nijo Castle Exploration" 

Capacity: 50 (if there are many applicants, they will be selected by lottery) Participation fee: 1,200 yen

Commentary: Naoko Matsumoto Curator
, Kyoto City Cultural and Citizens' Bureau Former Rikyu Nijo Castle Office Commentary: Tamaki Goto Kyoto City Culture and Citizen Bureau Former Rikyu Nijo Castle Office Manager

Nijo Castle Ninomaru Palace is a valuable cultural property where both the architecture of the castle palace and the barrier paintings are preserved. You will experience how the space that shows the majesty of the shogun is created while actually walking through the palace. At the "Exhibition and Collection Hall", you can see the original barrier paintings of important cultural properties, and you will also visit the site where the special facsimiles are being made, and explore the charm of the Kano school barrier paintings that decorated the shogun's palace.

Practical Lecture (2) December 2 (Sat) 13:00~16:30 (tentative) (Meet and dismiss) "Walking through the town and architecture of the historical city of Fushimi ~ Looking at the Horikawa River and the sake brewery district from the height difference"  

Capacity: 45 (if there are many applicants, they will be selected by lottery) Participation fee: 2,600 yen

Commentary: Tomoo Kawashima Professor
, Faculty of Contemporary Home Economics, Kyoto Kacho University Commentary: Hideyuki Umebayashi Kyoto High Cliff Association Cliff Length

We will reconsider the town and architecture of the historical city of Fushimi from the perspective of height differences. After a lecture and tasting at the Gekkeikan Okura Memorial Hall (about one and a half hours), walk along the moat river between the Showakura and the former Hokuzo (about 2 hours). On the grounds of Hokuzo and Showakura, there were residences of each domain in the Edo period, and the dock was drawn in. From its traces, we will explore how the terrain of the past has been passed down. At the same time, we will touch the charm of modern architecture such as sake breweries built before the war.


*Applications for 2017 have ended.

"Kyoto Moved at That Time ~From Edo to Meiji~" 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.

How to apply
Please apply using the application form attached to the Kyoto College Student Application Guide (scheduled to be published on March 7). 【Closed】
Documents to be submitted
(1) Application slip 1 copy * Please use the application form for the Kyoto Studies course.
(2) One
photo of your face for Kyoto College membership card (3 cm long × 3 cm wide) * Please attach it to the "Application Slip Submission Confirmation Sheet" enclosed with the application guide.
Period of acceptance
《Mail》Must arrive
by March 7 (Tue) ~ 18 (Sat), 2017 *If you bring your own, please bring it at Campus Plaza Kyoto on March 17 (Fri) and 18 (Sat) 10:00~16:00.
Campus Plaza Kyoto University Consortium Kyoto (in charge of Kyoto College) *For the address, refer to
"Contact Information" Kyoto College Link https://www.consortium.or.jp/project/sg/details
Payment of tuition fees
Please deposit using the transfer form enclosed when you send a notification of the result of acceptance or rejection.
*Regular students of Consortium Kyoto member schools (excluding graduate school and correspondence course students) and students enrolled in all courses at the Open University of Japan Kyoto Learning Center are free of charge for the basic course. Please be sure to attach a copy of your student ID card to the application form.

1.For details on how to apply, please refer to the Kyoto College Student Recruitment Guide.
2. Please note that if the number of participants exceeds the capacity, whether or not to take the course will be decided by lottery.
3. Notification of acceptance will be mailed by mid-April.
4. Please refrain from making inquiries about whether or not to take the course.
5. Please note that once deposited, the tuition fee will not be refunded.

◆ About each course

It is not possible to take each lecture once.
However, with a capacity of 25 students each time, regular students of the University Consortium Kyoto member schools (excluding graduate school and correspondence course students) and all course students of the Open University of Japan Kyoto Learning Center can take the course at one time.
See below.

◆Regular students of University Consortium Kyoto member schools can take one course at a time (free, capacity 25 students)

"Regular students of member schools" are regular students of consortium Kyoto member schools (excluding graduate schools and correspondence course students) and all course students of the Open University of Japan Kyoto Learning Center. If you wish to take one course at a time, please come directly to the venue on the date and time of the desired course (other than the practical course) and be sure to present your student ID at the reception. The course is free of charge. Please note that if the capacity of 25 people is met, the course may be refused. To participate in the practical course, you need to apply for the basic course as a Kyoto College student, so please be sure to attach a copy of your student ID and apply within the application period using the application method on the left.

We will hold a special course again this year.

* Finished.

In conjunction with the opening of the 2017 Kyoto Studies "Kyoto Moved at That Time," a special course will be held as an opening project. In the special lecture, there will be a lecture by actor and painter Takaaki Enoki, who has played many historical figures, and a dialogue with Professor Toru Yagi of Bukkyo University.

2017 Kyoto Studies Course Opening Commemorative
Special Lecture Saturday, March 11, 2017

"Japan people who lost their anus"
Lecturer: Takaaki Enoki (Actor, Painter
) (Dialogue) Toru Yagi (Professor, Faculty of History, Bukkyo University)

The Meiji Restoration was truly a civilization and enlightenment in which Japan opened its doors from the long period of national isolation. However, it is also true that many Japan spiritual cultures were lost in exchange for new ideas and civilizations from Western countries. What has happened to the lost culture and the physical abilities of former Japan people? I would like to talk about it while having everyone actually experience ancient martial arts.

Time: 13:30~15:00 (Doors open 13:00
) Venue: Campus Plaza Kyoto 4F Lecture Room 2
Capacity: 250 people (advance registration) * If there are many applicants, a lottery will be held
. Participation fee: Free

Contact information

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