Notice of schedule change and cancellation

Due to the spread of the new coronavirus infection, the following five courses have been [scheduled] and [canceled].

【Schedule Change】
Saturday, November 7 (changed from Saturday, June 20) Kyoto's Aesthetics and World Brand – The Birth and Growth of Starbucks Kyoto Nineizaka Yasaka Chaya – Saturday, January 9 (changed from Saturday, June 6) Questioning the Role of the New Agency for Cultural Affairs -Considering the Position of Japan in the Flow of Civilization-
Saturday, February 6 (changed from Saturday, May 23)

What is the appeal of sightseeing in Kyoto? -Unraveling from the History and Transition of Kyoto Tourism-" February 20 (Sat) (changed from August 1 (Sat))
"New Art Originating from Kyoto"

【Course Cancelled】
Practical Lecture (1) July 20 (Mon)
The mystery of the Gion Festival "Koiyama" -History of tapestry and the creator of carp-

Due to circumstances, the instructors and content of the following courses have been changed. (The implementation date remains unchanged as of Saturday, November 28.) 【Change

of course content】
■ Before
change Theme: 10 years and future of women's professional baseball -Energizing Miyako through sports-
Lecturer: Yuki Akashi Women's Professional Baseball League Kyoto Flora Baseball Team Representative
■ After
change Theme: "Ookini, I'll ask for you"
Lecturer: Ms. Makamaru Gion Kobe Geiko (Interviewer) Kazuhiko
Kobayashi Kyoto Sangyo University Professor, Faculty of Cultural Studies

Overview of the business

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 20th time in 2020.

kyoto-city_logoKyoto City Collaborative Project

2020 Kyoto Studies Course

Theme "Why did you come to Kyoto?-Celebrating the 20th Birthday of the Kyoto Studies Course-"
Outline of the event
In Kyoto, there are many unique and attractive companies, from long-established to up-and-coming companies. It is also visited by a large number of tourists from Japan and abroad. Kyoto has always attracted people. I would like to dig down the Kyoto that Kyoto people think is attractive to Kyoto and Kyoto that outsiders find attractive, and think about the true charm of Kyoto from multiple perspectives.
Saturday, May 23, 2020 ~ Saturday, December 19, 2020 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~)

*Both lectures are the same.

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 application and participation fee.
University Consortium Kyoto Kyoto Skills Training Course Kyoto Studies Pamphlet 【PDF】

We will hold a commemorative course again this year 【Course cancellation】

In conjunction with the opening of the 2020 Kyoto College Kyoto Studies Course, we will hold a commemorative course as an opening project. We will invite the talent Mr. Mach Wenju to hold a conversation with Professor Toru Yagi of Bukkyo University.

2020 Kyoto Studies Course Opening Commemorative Lecture
"Mach's "So Kyoto! -The pride I felt while living abroad-"

Lecturer: Mr. Mach Wenju Talent
Mr. Toru Yagi, Professor, Faculty of History, Bukkyo University

Date: Saturday
, March 7, 2020 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/32229

Basic Course

September 12 (Sat) "Why did Mr. Takashi Ashikaga come to Kyoto?"

Lecturer: Toru Yamada, Associate Professor, Faculty of Letters, Doshisha University

In response to Emperor Go-Daigo, Ashikaga Takashi, who decided the fall of the Kamakura shogunate, was active in Kyoto during the "new government of Kenmu". Later, even after breaking away from Emperor Go-Daigo and establishing the Muromachi shogunate, Takashi continued to place his administration in Kyoto. Why did Takashi betray the Kamakura Shogunate and choose to work under Emperor Go-Daigo? And why did they keep the government in Kyoto? I will explain the political situation and issues of Kyoto culture.

October 3 (Sat) "Kyoto as the Center of Visual Culture in Buddhism: From the Perspective of Foreign Researchers"

Lecturer: Ms. Hillary Pedersen, Assistant Professor, Department of Aesthetics and Arts, Faculty of Letters, Doshisha University

A center of Buddhist culture for over 1400 years, Kyoto attracts foreign scholars of history, religion and visual culture from around the world. Since I came to Kyoto in 2006, I have been studying mainly 9th-century Shingon sculptures at temples such as Jingoji Temple. Kyoto's temple and shrine holdings and research facilities provide a wealth of research materials to study the visual culture of Buddhism, but more importantly, Kyoto has a rich festival and ritual centered on temples and shrines, and we believe that traditional religious views and social customs can be seen in the present day.

October 24 (Sat) "Ten Major Incidents of Cities and Architecture in Postwar Kyoto"

Lecturer: Atsushi Ueda Kyoto Seika University Professor
EmeritusLecturer: Tomoo Kawashima Professor, Faculty of Contemporary Home Economics, Kyoto Kacho University

Atsushi Ueda, who turns 90 this year, is a rare architectural scholar who has been staring at the postwar city of Kyoto for many years. For 70 years since his arrival in 1950, he has been involved in research on cities and architecture, and Machiya in Kyoto has been rediscovered by the research of Atsushi Ueda and others and is still alive today. The main theme, "Ten Major Incidents of Cities and Architecture in Postwar Kyoto," was conceived by Atsushi Ueda, and through the investigation of this incident, something that should be preserved for future generations emerges. Examples include the subway line plan, Kyoto International Conference Center, Rakusai New Town, and Shin-Kyoto Station, and we will discuss the significance of existence from hidden facts.

Saturday, November 7 (changed from Saturday, June 20) "Kyoto's Aesthetics and World Brand -The Birth and Growth of Starbucks Kyoto Nineizaka Yasaka Chaya Store-"

Lecturer: Mr. Tamotsu Kumagai Yasaka Motor Co., Ltd. Real Estate Division Deputy General
ManagerLecturer: Kazuhiko Kobayashi Professor, Faculty of Cultural Studies, Kyoto Sangyo University

Baristas stand in the street garden, and you can enjoy coffee on the world's first tatami mat at Starbucks Kyoto Nineizaka Yasaka Chaya Store. The creation of the store began with a commitment to the local community that it is a "two-legged initiative" between the local company that owns the traditional building and the global brand company. The essence of the charm of this restaurant, which incorporates the history of the building and the traditional culture of the region, lies in the town development of Nineizaka. Why is Kyoto chosen as a place to create a particular restaurant? Let's get to the reason.

November 14 (Sat) "Reconsidering the Appeal of Noh Theater -Traditional Performing Arts of Japan from an International Perspective-"

Lecturer: Diego Perecchia, Associate Professor, Faculty of Cultural Studies, Kyoto Sangyo University

In Kyoto's living culture, Noh plays an important place. The art form of Noh can be said to be a comprehensive art form that combines tangible culture (masks, costumes, musical instruments, etc.) and intangible culture (acting, dance, music, etc.). In this lecture, I would like to explore Noh theater, which is seen as an attraction in the eyes of foreigners, and think about how to support, protect, and disseminate it to the world in the globalized world.

November 28 (Sat) "I'll ask you to do it."

Lecturer: Ms. Mamemaru Gion Kobe Geiko (Interviewer) Kazuhiko Kobayashi Professor, Faculty of Cultural Studies, Kyoto Sangyo University

Longing for Kyoto, Mamemaru came out of Hokkaido to become a maiko in Gion. She is currently active as a geiko. Why Kyoto and why maiko in the first place? I would like to hear about the customs of Gion, daily life, tatami rooms and lessons, and impressions and charms of Kyoto.

December 19 (Sat) "How the "City of Learning" and "University Town" were born: The Beginning of Higher Education in Modern Kyoto"

Lecturer: Tomoko Tanaka, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Education, Kyoto University

There are many self-proclaimed "academic capitals" throughout Japan, but there is no city that is talked about with that image as much as Kyoto. So, for example, why is Kyoto University located in Kyoto? Is it true that "educated townspeople" or "the governor's foresight" called for it? What was your relationship with the private Doshisha, Otani, and the public prefectural medical school? While comparing it with other cities such as Osaka, Nara, Sendai, and Kanazawa, we will uncover the founding history of the universities that color Kyoto today.

January 9 (Sat) (Changed from June 6 (Sat)) "Questioning the Role of the New Agency for Cultural Affairs: Considering the Position of Japan in the Flow of Civilization"

Lecturer: Mr. Seiichi Kondo, Former Commissioner of the Agency for Cultural Affairs, Representative of the Kondo Institute of Culture and Diplomacy

Modern civilization, which spread throughout the world under the leadership of the West, has centrally promoted rationalism and scientism as universal standards. It has brought unprecedented prosperity, but at the same time various endogenous problems have surfaced. Japan culture, which revolves around nature, sensibility, and diversity, has the potential to unravel this problem. In order to recognize the value of such Japan culture and the consciousness of civilization history, and to present it to the world as a well-balanced nation, I believe that the relocation of the Agency for Cultural Affairs to Kyoto is a great opportunity.

February 6 (Sat) (changed from May 23 (Sat)) "What is the appeal of Kyoto tourism? -Unraveling from the history and transition of Kyoto tourism-"

Lecturer: Ryo Wakamura, Representative Director, Rakutabi Corporation

What is "tourism"? Why do so many people visit Kyoto for sightseeing to visit historic shrines and temples and experience traditional crafts and culture? From the history and transition of "Kyoto tourism", what do people want from tourism in Kyoto and what are they trying to gain from it? Let's unravel it. Then, what you see there is the "true" charm of Kyoto, and it may be a "guidepost" that Kyoto tourism should walk in the future.

February 20 (Sat) (changed from August 1 (Sat)) "New Art from Kyoto"

Lecturer: Aiko Miyanaga, Artist

My parents' home is a pottery pottery that has been around for 100 years. In the ancient capital of Kyoto, where family businesses that have lasted for more than 10 generations are not so rare, 100 years of ceramics is not so long, but each of them has confronted the times and tried new things. I myself was born and raised in Kyoto, and in the world of contemporary art, I face the times in my own way. I will think about the meaning of Kyoto as a base for the birth of new art, touching on the history of the Miyanaga family and my creative activities.

Practical Courses

The Kyoto Studies Course incorporates a "hands-on course" that actually touches Kyoto locally.
* To participate in the practical course, you need to apply for the basic course.

Practical Lecture (1) July 20 (Mon) Scheduled start time: 15:30-16:30
"The mystery of the Gion Festival "Koiyama" -History of tapestry and the creator of koi-" 【Course Cancelled】

30 people: 2,000 yen

Lecturer: Shigeharu Sugita, Advisor, Koiyama Preservation Association

"Koiyama" is a mountain that bears the festival after participating in the pilgrimage every year since 1500. The tapestries displayed there were woven in Brussels, Belgium in the 16th century. However, the provenance of the Gion Festival remains a mystery. Also, the carp sculpture on the mountain is made of 17th century cypress, but is the artist really Jingoro Sa? I will talk about everything about Koiyama while seeing the actual thing the day before the Gion Festival is open to the public.

Practical Lecture (2) Saturday, December 5 Scheduled time: 11:00-12:30 a.m. or 13:30-15:00
"Modern House Building Using Japan Traditions"

30 people each, participation fee: 2,000 yen

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

I have been involved in housing design for about 30 years with the theme of passing on the sense of unity with nature and gardens and the warmth of materials that Japan wooden houses once possessed in modern houses. While visiting my own workshop in the mountains of Higashiyama, Kyoto, which I designed, I would like to talk about what I, an outsider, learned from coming to Kyoto and how I made use of it to create my own design concept, with actual examples.


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 (Fri) ~ 19 (Thu), 2020 *If you bring your own, please bring it at Campus Plaza Kyoto on March 18 (Wed) and 19 (Thu) 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.

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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