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No. 5: Osaka & Kyoto Open Cultural Lectures for the second half of 2013 ~ 2014 -- "Popular Music in the Kansai Today"

2013-11-11 (Mon) 2:00 p.m. - 3:40 p.m.

Open lectures under the joint sponsorship of the Graduate School of Letters and Kaitokudo for the 21st Century of Osaka University together with the Ritsumeika University Osaka Office and the School of Letters, Ritsumeikan University have been scheduled. The first lecture in the 8-part series is being held on Monday, September 30. The themes of these lectures center on Osaka and Kyoto and aspects shared in their history and culture.

Coordinators: NAGATA Yasushi, Professor, Graduate School of Letters, Osaka University; KATSURAJIMA Nobuhiro, Professor, School of Letters, Ritsumeikan University

Shared theme for Open Cultural Lectures for the second half of 2013 ~ 2014 (8 classes): "The Art of Osaka & Kyoto -- Old Things and New Things"

Osaka and Kyoto have both created and developed tangible and intangible works of art and cultural assets. Such things have, throughout the passage of many years, created a fresh significance and made a deep impression on people. In these lectures, we will focus on the artwork and cultural assets of Kyoto and Osaka and, making use of the latest technology, think about the modern significance of these things.

Lecture #5: "Popular Music in the Kansai Today"

Lecturer: WAJIMA Yusuke, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Letters, Osaka University

Brief Summary: Examine a cross-section of the Kansai and you'll get a general idea of the history of popular music in modern Japan. In this lecture I'll talk about modernism in the Hanshin district and the Takarazuka Review, the beam of light for Kansai-based record companies, the Great Kanto Earthquake and Dotonbori Jazz, the Osaka Ro-on Music Council and the ABC Home Song [radio program], Kansai folk, blues, and more.

Venue: Osaka Umeda Campus, Ritsumeikan University (5th Floor, Osaka Fukoku Life Insurance Bldg., 2-4 Matsubara-cho, Kita-ku, Osaka)

Lesson fee: 1 lesson -- ¥1500 (Single payment for 7 or more lessons: ¥10,000)
Maximum enrollment: 100
Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. If/When 100 applications have been received, applications will be immediately terminated. You are advised to apply early.

NOTES: (1) Please set your cell phone/smart phone on "silent mode" or turn it off during the lecture. 
(2) Due to circumstances beyond our control (such as inclement weather, sudden illness by lecturer, etc.), lectures may suddenly be canceled. In such cases, a replacement lecture will be scheduled at a future date; refunds will not be possible.

How to apply

1. Fill out the application form on the back of the flyer (for download below). Send it in by email, FAX, or postal mail. (Telephone applications will not be accepted.)

2. After the receipt of your application, you will be issued with written confirmation of your acceptance and a form for making payment at a post office. Please transfer the appropriate amount at a post office.

Date: 2013-11-11 (Mon) 2:00 p.m. - 3:40 p.m.
Sponsored: Osaka Prefecture, Osaka City Board of Education
Registration: Registration by email is required. See instructions above.
Contact: Ritsumeikan University Osaka Office, 14th Floor, Osaka Fukoku Life Insurance Bldg., 2-4 Komatsubara-cho, Kita-ku, Osaka, Tel: 06-6360-4895, FAX: 06-6360-4894

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