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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 course will be held for the 19th time in 2019.

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2019 Kyoto Studies Course "Tradition and Cutting-edge of Kyoto: "Things" and "Techniques" Nurtured by Miyako"

Outline of the event
Kyoto possesses an exceptional level of technology to protect and pass on the ancient traditional industries that represent Japan and arts and crafts such as many national treasures. At the same time, it is also a place where the world's most advanced science and technology leaders play an active role. Kyoto continues to create a new Japan future through the constant intersection and fusion of tradition and cutting-edge. Therefore, this year's theme was "Tradition and Cutting-edge of Kyoto: 'Things' and 'Techniques' Nurtured by Miyako." I would like to think about how traditional and cutting-edge things and techniques have shined in what kind of history they have shined in the present.
2019/5/18(Sat)~2019/12/21(Sat) Each course has a capacity of 250 people【Morning course】 10:00~11:30 (Reception 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 differ in time and place)
In preparation for the opening of the 2019 Kyoto Studies Course, a commemorative course (application required, admission free) will be held on Saturday, March 9. 

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】

2019 Kyoto Studies Course Opening Commemorative Lecture March 9 (Sat) 13:30-15:00
"Uji as the Stage of the Story Surrounding Kyoto-Featuring the Euphonium of Hibiki-"

Lecturer: Ayano Takeda
Novelist Lecturer: Michifusa Kono Doshisha University Faculty of Letters
ProfessorLecturer: Toru Yagi Professor, Faculty of History, Bukkyo University

Beginning with The Tale of Genji, past literary works related to Kyoto include famous places such as Byodo-in Temple, Uji Bridge, and Ujikami Shrine. Is there a difference between the historical images accumulated in these famous Kyoto places and the images we have living in the present day? This time, while focusing on the depiction of the anime and movie series of novels "Hibiki! Euphonium", we will introduce the famous places of Uji and the literary image of Kyoto behind them.

※ Please see the end of this page for how to apply.

Basic Course

1st session May 18 (Sat) "Japan loved by European royalty and aristocracy -Dissemination of new beauty-"

Lecturer: Yutaro Shimode, lacquer artist, Professor, Faculty of Cultural Studies, Kyoto Sangyo University

470 years ago, Japan was the Warring States period. Europe was the Age of Discovery. Guns were introduced to Tanegashima, and missionaries came. The missionaries were so amazed by the Japan culture of the far East that they brought it home. Among them, what attracted European royalty and aristocracy was Kyo Makie lacquerware. We will give a lecture on the fascinating Kyoto maki-e culture connected to the collection of Marie Antoinette and the dissemination of the beauty of traditional crafts of the Heisei period that the Kyoto State Guest House is responsible for. In addition, we will talk about collaborations with cutting-edge industries.

2nd session: June 1 (Sat) "Kyomachiya and Sukiya Carpenter"

Lecturer: Yoshiaki Nakamura Nakamura Souji Corporation Representative
Lecturer: Tomoo Kawashima Professor, Faculty of Contemporary Home Economics, Kyoto Kacho University

Through the work of Soji Nakamura, a sukiya carpenter who was active in Kyoto and represents the Japan, we will explore the source of the delicate and profound beauty of Kyomachiya. I would like you to feel the essence of Sukiya carpenters in Kyoto from the masterpieces of Kyoto such as Kitsurutei, Tawaraya, Miyako Hotel Kasuien, Hieiyama Hotel, and Fujiko Heming Kyoto Bettei designed by Sotoji. The narrator is his son Yoshiaki, who succeeds Gaiji.

3rd session: Saturday, June 8 "Cutting-edge Technology Nurtured by Traditional Technology: History of Precision Equipment Industry in Kyoto"

Lecturer: Mr. Shintora Enomoto, Manager of Public Relations Office, Shimadzu Corporation

Since the Meiji Restoration, when the capital moved to Tokyo, the new Kyoto has achieved its own development with the two pillars of school construction and aquaculture and industry. As Kyoto Prefecture promoted modernization by establishing the Shami Bureau, which provides manufacturing guidance for various industrial products, and the first elementary school in the Japan, various precision equipment industries such as physics and chemistry instruments were launched, and many high-tech companies now exist. While tracing the history of Shimadzu Corporation, which was founded shortly after the Meiji Restoration, we will discuss the characteristics of Kyoto companies and future prospects.

4th session: July 20 (Sat) "What is Collotype -The World's Oldest Photo Printing Technology Remaining in Kyoto-"

Lecturer: Osamu Yamamoto, Director, Collotype Research Institute, Handido Co., Ltd.

Collotype is a photo printing technology that originated in France 160 years ago. Using its collotype technology, Neido recorded Kyoto in the Meiji, Taisho and Showa periods in postcards and tourist books. Today, it is a global endangered collotype, but its expressive power is still fully applicable to this day, contributing to the reproduction of cultural properties and the art of photography. We will explain the world of collotypes, which retain a lot of the handiwork of craftsmen from the Meiji era. Please enjoy it.

5th session: Saturday, September 14 "Challenge to Pick Up and Touch Ancient Documents: Fusion of Kyoto Takumi Skills and Cutting-edge Technology"

Lecturer: Kenichi Yoshida Fuji Xerox Kyoto Co., Ltd. Cultural Promotion Office
ManagerLecturer: Kazuhiko Kobayashi Professor, Faculty of Cultural Studies, Kyoto Sangyo University

Based on the historical background and material information such as washi, thread, and pigments obtained through thorough research of Kyoto's world-class delicate and elegant expressions, the type, texture, and binding method of washi paper are faithfully reproduced in the original with a specially designed machine that is an improvement of commercially available copiers. This time, we will introduce rare traditional documents that are rarely touched while holding them in your hands with replicas.

6th session: October 5 (Sat) "From Flame Earthenware, Ceramics, and Kyo-yaki to Fine Ceramics"

Lecturer: Shoichi Nakagawa, General Manager, Parts R&D Department, Kyocera Corporation

Ceramics are widely known as a necessity of life as ceramics that began with flame earthenware in the Jomon period and were nurtured in the Warring States and Edo periods. In the 20th century, research and development was conducted to bring out the essential functions of ceramics, and fine ceramics with various characteristics were born. We will look back on the history of ceramics along with Kyoto culture and introduce how fine ceramics are used in our current lives.

7th session: November 2 (Sat) "People who nurture Kitayama cedar -Culture surrounding wood in Kyoto-"

Lecturer: Osamu Nakata Chugen Stock Company Representative Director and
Lecturer: Norishi Kawahara Professor, Faculty of Letters, Ritsumeikan University

Koto, written by Yasunari Kawabata, has been adapted into movies and TV dramas many times. It depicts the forestry industry in each of the four seasons that spreads out in Kitayama, Kyoto. The log polishing by women was a demanding task done in winter. However, red sand for polishing has a viscosity, so the skin of the hands did not become rough. This traditional task was reduced by the introduction of log polishing machines with high-pressure jets. Let's think together about the various lifestyles surrounding Kitayama cedar and their changes.

8th session: November 16 (Sat) "Repair of paintings and ancient documents using tableware technology"

Lecturer: Naoharu Usami, Representative Director, Usami Shutokudō Corporation

It is said that the technique of tableware was transmitted to Japan along with Buddhist culture. In Kyoto, the technology of tableware has developed in connection with temples and tea ceremonies, and has been highly regarded as "Kyo Omogu" due to its advanced technology and sophisticated materials. In this course, while touching on the history of tableware, we will introduce examples of current repairs of paintings and ancient documents using tableware technology, as well as the materials and tools used.

9th Seminar November 30 (Sat) "The World and Nishijin-The World's Best Textile Production Area"

Lecturer: Mr. Takao Watanabe, President, Nishijin Textile Industry Association

The name of Nishijin comes from the "Onin War". However, the history of the textile industry is much older than this, and many high-cost machinery companies that delivered textiles to the Imperial Palace were born at the same time as the establishment of Heian-kyo. In 1872 (Meiji 5), three young men were sent to Lyon, France. Bringing back jacquard for weaving patterns, it caused and developed the Industrial Revolution in Nishijin. It is also the starting point for the development of the textile industry throughout Japan. I would like to explain the history and characteristics of Nishijin.

10th session: December 21 (Sat) "Japan's Traditional Foods 'Tsukemono' and 'Kyo Tsukemono' -Glad to be in Kyoto-"

Lecturer: Mr. Tatsuo Hirai Kyotsukemono Nishitoshi Representative Director and Vice
ChairmanLecturer: Mr. Toru Yagi Professor, Faculty of History, Bukkyo University

The basis of Japan's traditional food "washoku" is "rice" and "pickles". We will give you an overview of the traditional food "Tsukemono" of Japan through the basic knowledge of "tsukemono", types, changes of the times, etc. And I would like you to know why "Kyoto Tsukemono" has become a special pickle and how wonderful it is to live on to the present day. In addition, along with the splendor of functional foods that have recently been revealed, we will deepen our understanding of the importance of traditional foods for Japan people.

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 must apply for 10 basic courses as a
Kyoto College student, and then apply for the practical course of your choice.
 Please note that if there are a large number of applicants, a lottery will be held.

* To apply for a practical course, please see the notes of the syllabus in the "Recruitment Guide".
In addition, if the number of lectures is not met, the lecture time may be changed due to circumstances.

Practical Lecture (1) July 27 (Sat) Scheduled opening time: 10:30-12:30 in the morning or 14:00-16:00
in the afternoon "Exploring the Charm of the Kyoto Wall: History and Wall Painting Practice Told by a Plasterer Who Worked on the State Guest House" 

30 people each, participation fee: 4,000 yen

Lecturer: Hiroyuki Sato, Director of Kyoto Plastering Cooperative Association, Lecturer of Kyoto Prefectural Plastering Skills College
Explanation: Tomoo Kawashima Professor, Faculty of Contemporary Home Economics, Kyoto Kacho University

Plastering, which began about 1,300 years ago, has a long history of building walls using materials that are most suitable for the local climate. From the physical properties and functions of clay walls, we will explore the value of earthen walls and consider how they became the face of Japanese-style architecture. Using famous buildings in Kyoto such as the Kyoto State Guest House and long-established ryokan as examples, you will learn the real pleasure of plastering in Kyoto. In addition, in this course, we will practice painting clay walls and actually experience plastering as a tactile feeling.

Practical Lecture (2) December 7 (Sat) Scheduled start time: 10:30-12:30 in the morning or 13:30-15:30
in the afternoon "History and Present of Fushimi-Sake Technology-Gekkeikan Sake Brewing and the Birth of Major Breweries-"  

40 people each, participation fee: 2,000 yen

Lecturer: Mr. Shinji Tanaka General Affairs Department Public Relations Manager
, Gekkeikan Co., Ltd . Commentary: Tomoo Kawashima Professor, Faculty of Contemporary Home Economics, Kyoto Kacho University

You will learn about the history and present of sake technology through the transition of sake brewing in Gekkeikan founded in the Edo period. Among the leading sake breweries in Fushimi, Gekkeikan was the most successful sake brewery in Japan, and the major brewery completed in 1961 (Showa 36) was the first epoch-making sake brewery in Japan to succeed in four-season brewing that can brew sake even in midsummer. It was the birth of sake that was scientifically developed by cooling systems and mechanization, and its vessels were transformed from old storehouses to reinforced concrete high-rise buildings. We will bring to light the unknown postwar history of sake brewing.


"Tradition and Cutting-edge of Kyoto: Things and Techniques Nurtured by 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 Recruitment Guide (scheduled to be issued in early March).
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 (Wed) ~ 20 (Wed), 2019 *If you bring your own, please bring it at Campus Plaza Kyoto on March 19 (Tue) and 20 (Wed) 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. Please check the details and precautions of the application method in the "Kyoto College Student Recruitment Guide" before applying.
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 the end of 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.
6. The contents of the course are subject to change due to circumstances.

◆ 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 Consortium Kyoto member schools can
take the basic course once (free of charge, maximum 25 students for each lecture)

"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 commemorative course again this year.

In conjunction with the opening of the 2019 Kyoto College Kyoto Studies Course "Uji as the Stage of the Story Surrounding Kyoto ~"Hibiki!
In the commemorative lecture, novelist Ayano Takeda will be invited to talk with Professor Michifusa Kono of Doshisha University and Professor Toru Yagi of Bukkyo University.

2019 Kyoto Studies Course Opening Commemorative Lecture
"Uji as the Stage of the Story Surrounding Kyoto ~ "Hibiki! Euphonium" ~"

Lecturer: Ayano Takeda (Novelist)Lecturer: Michifusa Kono (Professor, Faculty of Letters, Doshisha University)
Lecturer: Toru Yagi (Professor, Faculty of History
, Bukkyo University)

Date: Saturday
, March 9, 2019 Time: 13:30 ~ 15:00 (Doors open 13:00)Venue: Campus Plaza Kyoto 4F Lecture Room
2 Capacity: 250 people (advance registration required)
* If there are many applications, we will draw lots.
Participation fee: Free
Click here to apply: https://www.consortium.or.jp/sg/27297

Contact information

Consortium of Universities Kyoto Kyoto College (Kyoto Studies Course) 9:00-17:00 (except Sundays and Mondays)
〒600-8216 Campus Plaza Kyoto
, Shimogyo-ku, Nishinotoin-dori Shiokoji Sagaru TEL.075-353-9140 FAX.075-353-9121
MAIL: miyakare■consortium.or.jp (Please change ■ to @ and send) * Inquiry reception hours: Tuesday ~ Saturday 9: 00 ~ 17: 00 (excluding year-end and New Year holidays)

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