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The University Consortium Kyoto has been publishing the results of Kyoto Studies research in the form of the “Kyoto Studies Course” at “Plaza College,” which opened in 2001.
Starting in 2009, each year we will select a theme from among various events related to Kyoto as part of the Kyoto Skills Training Course under the lifelong learning project “Kyo (Miyako) College,” which opens the university’s intellectual resources to the local community and operates together with Kyoto City. has been set up and implemented.

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2023 Kyoto Studies Course

“Kyoto and Entame”
Course outline
As we enter the fourth year of the coronavirus outbreak, many people hope that this year will be the year that we can return to a peaceful life.
This year’s theme is Kyoto’s entertainment, which has rarely been covered in this course, with the aim of escaping the sense of confinement at a time when the future is uncertain.
I hope you enjoy it, laugh and feel nostalgic while praying for world peace.
We will invite people associated with Kyoto, from classical to modern performing arts and music, to decipher and learn about Kyoto’s history and culture from the perspective of entertainment.
Saturday, May 13, 2023 – Saturday, December 16, 2023 Capacity: 200 people for each course
*If there are many applications, a lottery will be held
[Morning course] 10:00-11:30 (Registration starts at 9:30)
[Afternoon course] 12:30-14:00 (Registration starts at 12:00)
*Both lectures have the same content.
Campus Plaza Kyoto 4th floor Lecture Room 2
(down Nishinotoin Doshiokoji, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto City)
Saturday, May 27, 2023 only Ryukoku University Kyōto Hall Alumni Hall
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10,000 yen (10 basic courses)
*A separate participation fee is required for practical courses. If you wish to participate, please apply at the same time as the basic course.
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For more information, please refer to the “Kyoto College Page”.
University Consortium Kyoto Kyoto Ability Training Course Kyoto Studies Course Leaflet [PDF]

Basic course

May 13th (Sat) “Today’s Kyogen in Kyoto – History, characteristics, and ways to enjoy it”

Mayumi Morinishi (Professor Emeritus, Osaka Shoin Women’s University)

Among the classical performing arts, Kyogen has a history of over 650 years.
In Kyoto, two families of Okura-ryu Kyogen, the Shigeyama Sengoro family and the Shigeyama Chuzaburo family, have passed down the technique for many years.
In the lecture, we will look back on how we overcame the difficulties of the Meiji Restoration to achieve today’s prosperity, introduce specific performances, and show you how to enjoy them.

May 27th (Saturday) “My Youth Met Folk in Kyoto” *The venue will be different this time only.
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Lecturer: Mr. Jiro Sugita (folk singer, singer-songwriter)
Mr. Tomoo Kawashima (Professor, Institute of Modern Home Economics, Kyoto Kacho University)
Held at Ryukoku University Kyoto Hall Alumni Hall

I’m sure many of you remember the folk group Jirouz, which was a huge force in Japan’s music world half a century ago.
“Children Who Don’t Know War”, with lyrics written by Osamu Kitayama and music by Jiro Sugita, became a huge hit and became one of the milestones of postwar Japanese society.
Mr. Sugita, who was born and raised in Kyoto, encountered Kyoto folk music in his youth, formed Jiro’s, joined Schuberts, and has continued to sing.
We will examine its historical significance in Kyoto with Mr. Sugita, the person involved.

June 3rd (Saturday) “Introduction to Japanese Anime History – Exploring the reasons for the popularity of Japanese anime from history”

Nobuyuki Tsuken (Animation researcher and lecturer at Nihon University College of Art)

Anime has become a popular culture representative of Japan.
Its popularity has gained wide popularity not only in Japan but also overseas.
Historically, Japanese anime has been modeled after Disney since before the war.
However, since “Astro Boy” began broadcasting in 1963, a huge number of works have been produced, mainly TV animation, and various genres and techniques different from those overseas have developed.
While looking back on its historical flow, we will discuss the reasons for the popularity of Japanese anime.

June 17th (Saturday) “Yoshimitsu and Zeami – Exploring the roots of Japan’s unique theater “Noh””

Mr. Motohiko Izawa (Writer and Historian)
Mr. Tomoo Kawashima (Professor, Institute of Modern Home Economics, Kyoto Kacho University)

Everyone knows that “Noh” was started by Zeami, but it is not well known that its greatest patron was Yoshimitsu Ashikaga, the third Muromachi shogun and the founder of Kinkaku-ji Temple.
Japanese people also don’t realize how unique Noh theater itself is.
I would like to talk about this three-dimensionally, taking into account the history of Japanese theater and the unique beliefs of the Japanese people.

July 8th (Saturday) “Getting familiar with Rakugo – Trivia about Rakugo”

Mr. Yonekichi Katsura (Rakugo storyteller)

Rakugo is said to have originated in Kyoto about 400 years ago.
From there, it spread to Osaka and Edo.
Yonekichi Katsura, a storyteller from the Beicho family, will talk about the history of rakugo that you might not know about, as well as various things about his apprenticeship training at the residence of living national treasure Katsura Beicho.
We will also explain how “Narimono”, which is one of the characteristics of Kamigata Rakugo, is effectively used in the stories, along with live shamisen and taiko drum performances.
At the end, you will actually sit on the dais and enjoy Rakugo!

August 5th (Saturday) “Kyoto Mikoshi Academic Affairs Begins – Who carries the Mikoshi and how?”

Hitoshi Nakanishi (Professor, College of Industrial and Social Sciences, Ritsumeikan University)

There are many festivals in Kyoto that feature mikoshi, but they have not received much attention until now, perhaps because they are not a tourist attraction.
Mikoshi togyo is the central event of the festival, and I think knowledge about mikoshi is essential to understanding the festival.
In this lecture, we will provide an overview of the festivals where mikoshi are carried, and then touch on the history of the groups of people who carry mikoshi, the unique way of carrying mikoshi in Kyoto, and serve as an introduction to “Kyo Mikoshi Studies.” .

Saturday, September 9th “Enjoyment of shamisen music in Kyoto – The past and present of shamisen music, and its charm”

Mr. Mika Shigemori (Japanese music performer, head of the Shinnai Bushi Kenshinha school, director of the Shinnai Association)

Various types of traditional shamisen music can still be heard in Kyoto today.
We will explain the history and characteristics of each type of shamisen music handed down in Kyoto, including the distinction between Joruri and Uta, as well as different performance venues such as theaters and tatami rooms in red-light districts, as well as demonstrations of the structure of the shamisen and the differences in tone depending on the type. To do.
We will also look back on the shamisen music in movies and television productions produced in Kyoto, where we have participated in performances and teaching over the years, along with anecdotes.

October 7th (Saturday) “Forkle and Pacchigi’s Kyoto”

Takeshi Matsuyama (lyricist, writer, editor)
Tomoo Kawashima (Professor, Institute of Modern Home Economics, Kyoto Kacho University)

In the 1960s, a folk boom was born in Kyoto, and The Folk Crusaders had a hit with “Yopparai, the Return”.
Takeshi Matsuyama was deeply involved in Folkl, which was formed mainly by Kazuhiko Kato and Osamu Kitayama, including writing the lyrics.
Mr. Matsuyama, who was close to Mr. Kato, was good at poetic lyrics, but he was also a socialist, and brought in “Imjin River,” a song about the tragedy of the Korean peninsula, which was divided into North and South.
This feeling led to the birth of the movie “Pacchigi”.
We will learn about the history of half a century ago from those involved.

October 21st (Saturday) “The history and present of Miyako Odori – As the composer and lyricist of Miyako Odori”

Asako Ueki (President, Doshisha University, Professor, Faculty of Letters, Doshisha University)

Miyako Odori is a spring dance performed by geishas and maikos from Gion Kobu, which began in 1891.
Since 2014, I have been in charge of the composition and lyrics of the song.
In this course, we will trace the history of Miyako Odori and introduce the process by which Miyako Odori stages are created today.
In particular, I would like to talk about compositional rules and tricks, and what I keep in mind when writing lyrics from the perspective of a creator.

December 16th (Saturday) “18th Century Kyoto Painting World – Jakuchu, Buson, Okyo, Ashitsu”

Mr. Hideyuki Okada (Chief Curatorial Department, Fukuda Art Museum)

In Kyoto in the 18th century, painters who are still well-known today, such as Ito Jakuchu, Yosa Buson, Maruyama Okyo, and Nagasawa Ashiki, were active.
Through friendly competition with each other, they established their own unique style of painting and left behind many outstanding works.
In this course, we will focus on the four painters listed above and introduce the charm of each of their paintings.

Practical course

The Kyoto Studies course incorporates a “practical course” where students can actually experience Kyoto on-site.
*A separate participation fee is required for the practical course.
If you wish to participate, please apply at the same time as the basic course.

Practical Lecture 1
July 29th (Saturday) “Oe Noh Theater Noh Experience Appreciation Course – At the fragrant Noh Theater of the Meiji era -”
Time: 10:00-12:00 Capacity: 100 participants Participation fee: 2,000 yen
Location: Oe Noh Theater (Kyoto 646 Tachibana-cho, Oshikoji-dori Yanagibaba Higashiiri, Nakagyo-ku, City)

Michiko Oe (wife of Matasaburo Oe VII)
Diego Pellecchia (Associate Professor, Faculty of Culture, Kyoto Sangyo University)

This course will be held at the Oe Noh Theater, which has a history of over 100 years.
Noh, which was developed during the Muromachi period, is a performing art that has been passed down uninterrupted to this day.
Gods, samurai, elegant women, demons, and more appear in performances based on classical literature.
Although the story takes place in the distant past, it has a universal meaning that transcends time and space, and has been praised both domestically and internationally.
This course will introduce the charm of Noh through explanations and demonstrations.


Practical Lecture 2
December 23rd (Saturday) “Traditions and spaces of the red light district – Gion Kobu Kaburenjo and teahouses”
Time : [Morning Course] 10:00-11:30 [Afternoon Course] 12:30- 14:00
Capacity: 50 people each Participation fee: 3,000 yen
Location: Gion Kobu Kaburenjo (570-2 south side of Gion-cho, Higashiyama-ku, Kyoto City)

Kyoko Sugiura (Chairman of the Yasaka Onnakoba Gakuen Educational Corporation, Supervisor of the Gion Shinchi Kobu Union, Chairman of the Kyoto Hanamachi Union Federation)
Tomoo Kawashima (Visiting Professor, Kobe Institute of Information Studies)

The red-light district, bustling with geishas, ​​is one of the attractions of Kyoto culture, and the traditional townscape remains, making it a space where you can experience history for yourself.
Each of the five geisha districts consists of a group of teahouses, restaurants, okiya, etc., and a kaburi dance hall in the center.
This time, we will learn about the traditions and reality of the red-light district from Kyoko Sugiura, the proprietress of Ichiriki-tei, a representative restaurant in Gion Kobu, at the Gion Kobu Kaburenjo, where earthquake-proofing construction has been completed.
There will also be a tour of the building, where Tomoo Kawashima will talk about the meaning of the building from the perspective of architectural history.

◆Regular students of University Consortium Kyoto member schools can take one basic course at a time.

“Regular students from affiliated schools” are regular students at Universities Consortium Kyoto member schools (excluding graduate school/correspondence course students, etc.) and students enrolled in all subjects at the Open University Kyoto Study Center.
If you would like to take one class at a time, please come directly to the venue on the date and time of your desired basic course and be sure to present your student ID at the reception desk.
Tuition is free.

2023 Kyoto Studies Course Commemorative Lecture Applications have closed

We will hold a commemorative lecture as the opening project for the 2023 Kyoto College Kyoto Studies Course.

2023 Kyoto Studies Course “Kyoto and Entame” Commemorative Lecture
That wonderful era of entertainment – dazzling Kyoto in the late 1960s –
Kyoto, the capital of academic art and culture, had a glorious era of dynasty women’s literature, Kamakura New Buddhism, and Nobel Prize-winning talent.
His work in the late 1960s, which produced bands such as The Tigers, The Folk Crusaders, and the Jiro’s, is one of them.
We look back on the era of “dazzling” enthusiasm with Minoru Hitomi, also known as P, the leader of The Tigers.
Hitomi went from being a doctoral student at Keio University Graduate School to becoming a teacher at Keio High School, and is a unique person who has dedicated herself to academics and education for a long time.
Her interviewer will be Professor Kazuhiko Kobayashi of the Faculty of Culture, Kyoto Sangyo University, who used to be her colleague at Juku High School.
Minoru Hitomi ((The Tigers) musician/author)
Kazuhiko Kobayashi (Professor, Faculty of Culture, Kyoto Sangyo University)
date and time
Saturday, March 4, 2023
13:30-15:00 (Reception starts at 13:00)
Campus Plaza Kyoto 4th floor lecture room 2 (down Nishinotoin-dori Shiokoji, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto)
200 people (advance application) *If there are too many applications, a lottery will be held.
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Some of the lectures held at the University Consortium Kyoto Kyo College’s “Kyoto Studies Course” are now available for viewing on demand.

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Implementation date: Saturday, October 21, 2023
Theme: “The history and present of Miyako Odori – As the composer and lyricist of Miyako Odori”
Lecturer: Asako Ueki (President, Doshisha University, Professor, Faculty of Letters, Doshisha University)

Miyako Odori is a spring dance performed by geisha and maiko of Gion Kobu, which began in 1872 (Meiji 5).
Since 2014, I have been in charge of the composition and lyrics of the song.
In this course, we will trace the history of Miyako Odori and introduce the process by which Miyako Odori stages are created today.
In particular, I would like to talk about compositional rules and tricks, and what I keep in mind when writing lyrics from the perspective of a creator.

For those who have already taken the course, we would like to review it to deepen their learning, and for those who are considering taking the course in the future or are undecided, we would be happy if we could give you a glimpse of the course and its atmosphere.

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