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Handai-Asahi Nakanoshima Juku: Interpreting legends of Ume and the Sky Deity

2014-9-10 (Wed) - 2014-9-24 (Wed)

The Handai-Asahi Nakanoshima Juku offers courses produced and sponsored by Osaka University and Asahi Culture Center. The Handai-Asahi Nakanoshima Juku was established at the time [Osaka University's] Nakanoshima Center was built in 2004.

These courses share results of research conducted at Osaka University with the general public in an easy-to-understand format. In these lectures, leading lecturers give presentations on topics in culture, art, history, science, technology, health care, as well as seasonal and current topics.

Date & Time: Wednesdays, September 10 & September 24, 2014 -- 3:00 ~ 4:30 p.m.

Tuition fee: ¥3,240 (2 classes)

Lecturer: TAKASHIMA Koji, Visiting professor, Center for the Study of Communication-Design, Osaka University

Folk beliefs contain a great deal of legend. SUGAWARA no Michizane, a scholar, poet, and politician of the 10th century, was worshiped under the name of Tenjin, sky deity. He was the first person to be worshiped as a deity in [Japanese] history. Michizane living in Kyoto loved an ume [Japanese apricot] tree, but, being demoted, he left there for Daizaifu, Kyushu. The legend is well known that the tree was so fond of Michizane that it flew from Kyoto to Dazaifu. Interestingly, there is also another legend that Michizane flew to Tang Dynasty China to learn Zen. When looking into these two legends, we can see power struggles even in societies in ancient and medieval times.

These two classes make interesting the dredging up of historical facts from nonsensical folk legends. Don't miss them!

To make application, go to the Asahi Culture Center website.

Date: 2014-9-10 (Wed) - 2014-9-24 (Wed)
Organizer: Kaitokudo for the 21st Century, Osaka University; Asahi Culture Center
Venue: Nakanoshima Center, Osaka University
Registration: Registration online is necessary.
Contact: Kaitokudo for the 21st Century, Osaka University

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