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Osaka & Kyoto Culture Classes for the second half of 2012 -- The History of the Interchange in People, Culture, and Industry between the Kansai and Asia

2012-10-9 (Tue) - 2012-12-4 (Tue)

Culture in the Kansai area has, since ancient times, developed through interaction with other Asian countries. Even now a rich heritage of Asian culture can be found in tangible and intangible aspects of life in the Kansai. These classes will consider the future of the Kansai and Asia by taking a look at such aspects.

Tuition fee: ¥2,000 per class or ¥14,000 for 8 classes (single, lump-sum payment)

Space is limited to 98 per class. Applicants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Making applications

After downloading the application form, fill it out and return it by one of the following methods: Fax, email, or postal mail. Return it to the following address: Ritsumeikan Osaka Office, Ritsumeikan Osaka Campus, 5F, Osaka Fukoku Seimei Building, 2-4, Komatsubara-cho, Kita-ku, Osaka 530-0018

Tel: 06-6360-4895

Fax: 06-6360-4894

Upon completion of the application process, you will receive a certificate of acceptance and a post office transfer form. Please finalize your application by transferring the necessary tuition fee(s) at a post office.

Please note:

  • Fees cannot be paid in cash at the school office.

  • The handling fee for transferring your payment at a post office must be borne by you.

  • Please note that refund of any and all fees paid is not possible.


Class 1: Tuesday, October 9, 2:00 ~ 3:40 p.m.
  • "ITO Chuta and OTANI Kouzui -- The Relationship between Design in Modern Kyoto and Asia," YAMAZAKI Yuukou, Professor, College of Letters, Ritsumeikan University
    After victories in the Japanese-Sino War, modern Japan promoted the policy of "Leaving Asia and Entering Europe". However, despite this trend of the times, ITO Chuta, an architect, and OTANI Kouzui, a person of religion, tried to trace Japanese roots to Asia and adopt various Asian styles in designing modern Kyoto. We will take a look at their lives.
Class 2: Tuesday, October 16, 2012, 2:00 - 3:40 p.m.
  • "The Formation and Development of the Manchester of the Orient -- The Development of the Cotton Industry in the Osaka City" ABE Takeshi, Professor, Graduate School of Economics, Osaka University
    The center of the industrial revolution in the UK was Manchester, the city of the cotton industry. About a century later, around the time of the Japanese-Sino War, Osaka came to be called the Manchester of the Orient and led the industrialization of Japan. We will survey the process and discuss the dynamic economy in Osaka before WWII.
Class 3: Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 2:00 - 3:40 p.m.
  • "Kyoto under the Toyotomi Regime -- Regarding Restrictions on Christians, Earthquakes, and Invasions of Korea," MIEDA Akiko, Associate professor, College of Letters, Ritsumeikan University
    It is well known that TOYOTOMI Hideyoshi implemented the restructuring of Kyoto referred to as the "Reconstruction of Kyoto". This reconstruction was carried out along with diplomatic policies such as restrictions on Christians and invasions of Korea and affected the lives and culture of people living in the city of Kyoto. We will examine the effect these had on the urban society of Kyoto.
Class 4: Tuesday, October 30, 2012, 2:00 - 3:40 p.m.
  • "Chinese Residents in Kobe and Osaka as cities in East Asia," Chen Lai Xing, Professor, School of Economics, University of Hyogo
    Chinese society in modern Japan started in Nagasaki and spread to Yokohama, Hakodate, and Kobe. Kobe grew to become the key port in Asia and, after WWII, Kobe came to have the largest Chinese society. We will look at the relation with Sun Yat-sen and changes in Chinese society, focusing on the Hanshin area.
Class 5: Tuesday, November 6, 2012, 2:00 - 3:40 p.m.
  • "Ancient Kyoto Visited by Barbarians and Foreigners," TANAKA Satoshi, Professor, College of Letters, Ritsumeikan University
    From way before Nagaoka-kyo and Heian-kyo were built, people had lived in Kyoto for various purposes. Some of them were migrants from mainland China, the Korean Peninsula, Southeast Asia, northern Japan, and the Ryukyu Archipelago. We will look at Kyoto's ancient history from viewpoint of foreigners.
Class 6: Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 2:00 - 3:40 p.m.
  • "Silk Road and Manichaeism -- Discovery Japan: The Historical Background of Manichaean Paintings," MORIYASU Takao, Professor emeritus, Osaka University, Specially appointed professor, Kinki University
    There were once four universal religions in the world: Buddhism, Christianity, Manichaeism, and Islam. Manichaeism has vanished and is no longer to be found. However, the lecturer thinks "No Manichaeism? No Christianity." Paintings used by the founder Mani as a means for promulgation were thought to have been lost, but were found in Japan.
Class 7: Tuesday, November 27, 2012, 2:00 - 3:40 p.m.
  • "Japanese Culture in Modern Korea," ANZAKO Yuka, Associate professor, College of Letters, Ritsumeikan University
    Japanese songs and dramas were not broadcast over public airwaves for a long time. However, underneath the surface, Japanese popular culture was accepted earlier and it became one of the roots of so-called "Korean Wave". We will take a look at changes in acceptance of Japanese popular culture in Korea.
Class 8: Tuesday, December 4, 2012, 2:00 - 3:40 p.m.
  • "Asia in Modern Osaka -- Focusing on the flow of People from the Korean Peninsula," SUGIHARA Toru, Professor, Graduate School of Letters, Osaka University
    People coming from the Korean Peninsular were an important part of manpower that supported the Great Osaka in the modern history. How were their lives viewed? And did the view change after WWII? We will think about cultural exchange and friction in Osaka.

Please note that in case of unforeseen circumstances, the above schedule may be modified.

Date: 2012-10-9 (Tue) - 2012-12-4 (Tue)
Organizer: 21st Century of Osaka University, College of Letters, Ritsumeikan University, Ritsumeikan Osaka Office
Sponsored: Osaka Prefecture, Osaka City Board of Education
Venue: Ritsumeikan Osaka Campus -- 5th floor, Osaka Fukoku Seimei Building, 2-4, Semiar Room 2 & Multi-Purpose Room, Komatsubara-cho, Kita-ku, Osaka
Registration: Registration by email is required.
Contact: Ritsumeikan Osaka Office

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