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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 the Kyoto (Miyako) College, a lifelong learning project operated together with Kyoto City to open up the university's intellectual resources to the community. This will be the 18th time the course has been offered in 2018.

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2018 Kyoto Studies Course "I was born in Kyoto ~Culture where Miyako originated~"

Outline of the event
Kyoto has been the capital for a long time, and has created a variety of things and cultures over the course of eternity. There is an extremely wide variety of things that were born in Kyoto, from the culture of the wind style and tea ceremony represented by the Gion Festival in the old days, to folk songs and bras as women's underwear in recent years. This year, we will develop a course that focuses on Tokoton, who was born in Kyoto. We would like to invite a diverse team of lecturers more than in previous years, and think together with the students how each thing and culture was born in Kyoto and how they were transmitted to the whole country.
2018/5/19(Sat)~2018/12/1(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~ )

* Since 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.
* All 10 basic courses + 2 practical courses (practical courses vary in time and place)
In preparation for the opening of the 2018 Kyoto Studies Course, a special course (application required, admission free) will be held on Saturday, March 10. 

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】

1st May 19 (Sat) "Gion Festival Yamahoko Tour ~ "Mountain, Hoko, Yatai Event" and Kyoto ~"

Lecturer: Akira Hashimoto, Curator, The Museum of Kyoto

The Kyoto Gion Festival's mountain hoko event, along with 32 mountain, hoko, and yatai events nationwide, was registered as a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2016. In particular, the mountain hoko pilgrimage of the Kyoto Gion Festival is recognized as the origin of similar festival events that unfold during the Japan, but the mountain hoko that appears in the Kyoto Gion Festival is actually a solitary existence as a structure. In this lecture, we will examine the position of the Gion Festival in Kyoto as the birthplace of the float festival by comparing it with festivals in various countries.

2nd session: June 2 (Sat) "Imanishi Nishikiji ~From Kyoto Kitayama to Unknown Nature~"

Lecturer: Goro Iwatsubo, Kyoto University Bachelor Mountain Club, Japan Mountain
ClubLecturer: Toru Yagi, Professor, Faculty of History, Bukkyo University

Imanishi Nishikiji was born in Nishijin, Kyoto in 1902 (Meiji 35), and established an organization for climbing Kitayama in Kyoto at Kyoto Ichichu, an organization for the first ascent of the Japan Alps at Sanko and Kyoto University, and established the AACK (Academic Alpine Cub of Kyoto) Kyoto Gakushi Mountain Association for the first ascent of the Himalayas in May 1931. The history of Imanishi's mountaineering expedition research has been a dialectical development of goal formulation and organization-building. This is where his outstanding personality as a leader can be seen. Imanishi told us juniors that the conditions for a leader are popularity, a sense of mission, and insight.

3rd session: Saturday, June 23 "Bras and Kyoto ~Western-style clothing culture rooted through underwear from the thousand-year-old capital where traditional culture lives~"

Lecturer: Ryo Ishiseki Kyoto Costume Culture Research Foundation Curatorial Division Manager /
Curator Lecturer: Nozomi Haruna Wacoal Corporation General Planning Office, Public Relations and Publicity Department, Public Relations and Publicity Division, Manager

After World War II, Wacoal was one of the first to create Western-style underwear and create and take root in Japan underwear and Western-style clothing culture under the leadership of making women around the world more beautiful, as women's fashion changed drastically from kimono to Western-style clothing. In addition to introducing the history of Wacoal and its relationship with Kyoto, we will unravel the origins of underwear such as bras, its history in the West, and its relationship with fashion. 

4th session: July 21 (Sat) "Painting Education at the First Kyoto Painting School of Japan ~Luck, Sketching, Copying~"

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

Opened in 1880 (Meiji 13), the Kyoto Prefectural School of Painting was the first public art school Japan and has a history of nearly 140 years until today's Kyoto City University of Arts. What has changed in the traditional painting education where students are apprenticed to a master at a school? Also, in the changing times of the Meiji, Taisho, Showa, and Heisei eras, how have you responded to changes in your view of art? We will introduce them based on the materials and works available at the Kyoto City University of Arts Art Museum.

5th session: Saturday, September 1 "The Birth of an Elementary School ~Relationship between School and Local Community, Relationship between Art Education and Crafts~"

Lecturer: Kotaro Wasaki Kyoto Municipal Museum of School
HistoryCurator: Mitsuhiko Mori, Curator, Kyoto Municipal Museum of School History

In Meiji 2 (1869), the first school district elementary school in Japan, "Sho Elementary School", was born in Kyoto. Kyoto's Sho Elementary School, which was created by reorganizing the Machigumi, an autonomous organization since the Muromachi period, has been greatly committed to its operation by local people until now. In this lecture, we will talk about Kyoto's unique relationship between schools and the community, which originates from this history. We will also look at the unique drawing education that was conducted at elementary schools in Kyoto, where crafts were popular.

6th September 29 (Sat) "The Birth of Kabuki and Kyoto"

Lecturer: Toshihiko Saito, Associate Professor, Department of History and Culture, Faculty of History, Bukkyo University

At the end of the turbulent Warring States period, a performing art was born in Kyoto. It's Kabuki. Yayako Odori, a dance of a naïve girl, evolves into a kabuki dance that imitates the most fashionable kabuki by the Aguni Geizan of Izumo. Eventually, it was sublimated into a male-only theater, and became a representative performing art of the Edo period, which continues to this day. In this course, I would like to think about the birth of Kabuki and the path of its great success, with a focus on the country of Izumo.

7th session: October 13 (Sat) "Manga and Animation (from Caricatures of Birds and Beasts) ~ Why was the International Manga Museum established in Kyoto~"

Lecturer: Kazuma Yoshimura, Professor, International Manga Research Center, Kyoto Seika University

In my position, I am often asked, "Why did you build a manga museum in Kyoto?" or "Why do I need to teach manga at a university?" It is not because there were caricatures of birds and beasts, which are said to be the origin of manga, in Kyoto. There aren't many manga artists from Kyoto. So what is the relationship between Kyoto and manga? We will consider this question from both historical and present perspectives while expanding our perspective to include anime.

8th session: October 27 (Sat) "Talking about the starting point of folk ~Kyoto folk and youth culture in the 1960s~"

Lecturer: Yuzo Toyoda Folk and blues singer, essayist
lecturer: Tomoo Kawashima Professor, Faculty of Contemporary Home Economics, Kyoto Kacho University

Kansai Folk, which was born in Kyoto in the 1960s, has a strong message and spreads throughout the country. Their activities are represented by the Folk Crusaders of "Joppalai Returns", but Yuzo Toyoda, a singer of the same era, is still active as a singer today, and is a party that rebuilt the live house that became the base from a sake brewery. Tomoo Kawashima, a sake brewery cultural historian, will tell us the secret story of the birth of the early days of folk culture 50 years ago, which he experienced in real time.

9th session November 17 (Sat) "The Beginning of Chanoyu ~From Shoin Tea to Soan Tea~"

Lecturer: Mr. Sotoshi Yamaoka, Professor of Tea Ceremony Hayami-ryu

The custom of chanoyu was practiced mainly in Kamakura period Zen Buddhist temples, and developed in the Muromachi period, where it was performed in kaijo and yoriai. In Ashikaga Yoshimitsu's Muromachi-den hall, there was a room called the tea ceremony house, where tea was made and brought to the tatami room, and tea was served in the amusement place. Then, the tea culture called Shoin no Tea spread, but after that, it shifted to the tea of Murata Tamamitsu's Soan, which aspired to mountain residences in the city, and through the townspeople of Sakai, it was greatly achieved by his disciple Sen Rikyu.

10th December 1 (Sat) "The Origin of Kyoto Cuisine and Creative Heian Dynasty Cuisine"

Lecturer: Hiroyuki Horiba, Kyoto Cuisine Rokumori Chairman

In commemoration of the 1200th anniversary of the founding of the Heian capital, in 1994, Hiroyuki Horiba, the third generation of Rokumori, revived the Heian aristocratic banquet, which can be said to be the source of Kyoto cuisine. Following the aperitif "Kusuzake," the "Hogaina" is served with rice called "Omono" in the center, and around it are decorated with gold-painted bowls of "omawari" (dried meat, steamed abalone, etc.) arranged in a circumferential shape. After that, the menu continues until the decimal. We will introduce the "creative Heian Dynasty cuisine" created and reproduced based on careful historical facts, along with beautiful photos.

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 14 (Sat) 13:00~15:00 (tentative) (Meet and dismiss) "Talking about Kyoto Folk at Gojo Kaikan, a historical building ~Live performance by Yuzo Toyoda~" 

Capacity: 40 people (if there are many applicants, they will be selected by lottery) Participation fee: 3,000 yen

Performance: Yuzo Toyoda Folk singer, blues singer, essayist
Commentary: Tomoo Kawashima Professor, Faculty of Contemporary Home Economics, Kyoto Kacho University

Gojo Kaikan is the only fully wooden kabu renjo built in 1915 (Taisho 4) in Kyoto's Hanamachi, and it is also a phantom building that is rarely open to the public today. In the Sashiki Hall on the second floor, which retains the primitive image of a modern kabutenjo, a special live performance "Singing Kyo" will be held by singer Yuzo Toyoda. At the same time, Tomoo Kawashima will explain the characteristics of Gojo Kaikan from the standpoint of architectural history.
* There is no air conditioning or elevator at the venue. Please see other notes in the recruitment guide.

Practical Lecture (2) December 8 (Sat) 12:00~14:00 (tentative) (Meeting and dismissing) "Kyoto cuisine and hand bento ~ with creative Heian dynasty cuisine ~"  

Capacity: 60 (if there are many applicants, they will be selected by lottery) Participation fee: 9,000 yen

Commentary: Hiroyuki Horiba Kyoto Cuisine Rokumori Chairman
Commentary: Kazuhiko Kobayashi Professor, Faculty of Cultural Studies, Kyoto Sangyo University, Director, Institute of Japan Culture

Founded in 1898 (Meiji 32), Rokusei's proud cuisine is "Tekebento". This bento is made by Mr. Seiji Nakagawa, a living national treasure who holds an important intangible cultural property, and is decorated with seasonal ingredients in various seasonings in a beautiful hand-made tub painted on the inside of the white wooden tub. For this course, we will prepare a "special hand bento" with creative Heian dynasty cuisine. Works made by living national treasures = Please enjoy Kyoto cuisine while holding the vessel in your hands.


"Born in Kyoto ~Culture Originating from Miyako~"
Kyoto Studies Course is one of the courses of Kyoto College. If you wish to take 10 basic courses and practical courses, you must apply as a "Kyoto College student".

How to apply
Please apply using the application form attached to the Kyoto College Student Application Guide (scheduled to be published on March 6).
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 6 (Tue) ~ 17 (Sat), 2018 *If you bring your own, please bring it at Campus Plaza Kyoto on March 16 (Fri) and 17 (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 and precautions 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, the basic course is limited to 25 students each time, and regular students of the University Consortium Kyoto member schools (excluding graduate school and correspondence course students) and all students of the Open University of Japan Kyoto Learning Center can take the course at a time.
See below.

◆Regular students of University Consortium Kyoto member schools can take the basic 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 course you wish to take for the basic 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 10 basic courses 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.

*Application has been closed.
We will hold a commemorative lecture for the opening of Kyoto College and Kyoto Studies Course "Born in Kyoto" in 2018. This time, KBS Kyoto announcers Nami Endo and Kazu Kaihira will be invited to talk with Toru Yagi, professor of history at Bukkyo University, about the hardships, joys, and things he has in mind as an announcer at a broadcasting station in Kyoto, as well as various cultures that originated in Kyoto.

2018 Kyoto Studies Course Opening Commemorative
Special Lecture Saturday, March 10, 2018

"Women Communicating Kyoto ~From Kyoto to the World~"
Lecturer: Nami Endo (KBS Kyoto Announcer)Lecturer: Kazu Kaihira (KBS Kyoto Announcer
) Lecturer: Toru Yagi (Professor, Faculty of History, Bukkyo University)

Time: 10:30~12:00 (Doors open 10:00
) Venue: Campus Plaza Kyoto 4F Lecture Room 2
Capacity: 250 people (advance registration) * If there are many applicants, a lottery will be drawn
. Participation fee: Free

Contact information

Consortium of Universities Kyoto Kyoto College (Kyoto Studies Course) 〒600-8216 Campus Plaza Kyoto 1st Floor
, Shimogyo-ku, Nishinotoin-dori Shiokoji, 600-8216 TEL.075-353-9140 FAX.075-353-9121
MAIL: miyakare■consortium.or.jp (Please change ■ to @ and send)

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