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#5, "Visiting modern architecture in Greater Osaka -- searching for the golden days of the 'city of water'" -- Osaka & Kyoto Culture Classes for the first half of 2014 ~ 2015

2014-11-10 (Mon) 2:00 p.m. - 3:40 p.m.

Kaitokudo for the 21st Century of Osaka University and the College of Letters at Ritsumeikan University and Ritsumeikan's Osaka Office are jointly sponsoring a course consisting of 8 classes.
Classes will be held on a common theme pertinent to the history and culture of Osaka and Kyoto.

Theme for the second half of 2014~15: Walking around Kyoto and Osaka -- a virtual tour of the settings for literary works, works of art, and movies (8 classes in all)


  • NAGATA Yasushi, Professor, Graduate School of Letters, Osaka University
  • FUJIMAKI Masami, Professor, College of Letters, Ritsumeikan University

Many great poets, calligraphers, novelists, and artists loved Kyoto and Osaka. Using maps, photos, and historical materials as references, these classes will explore the history and memory of locations in the two cities where historical people lived and were depicted as settings of literature, works of art, and movies.

Class #5: Visiting modern architecture in Greater Osaka -- searching for the golden days of the "city of wate"

Lecturer: KUWAKINO Koji, Associate Professor, Graduate School of Letters, Osaka University
Overview of content:
In the Edo Period, "kurayashiki," warehouse-residences, of the various [feudal] clans stood side by side in Osaka's Nakanoshima, gathering and storing goods being traded. Following the Meiji Restoration in the 19th century, many buildings including The Bank of Japan, Osaka branch, Osaka Prefectural Nakanoshima Library, Osaka City Central Hall, and Osaka Imperial University were built on the sites of those kurashiki and Nakanoshima became an area symbolizing the modernization of Osaka, the "city of water."

This lecture will virtually explore Nakanoshima's great masterpieces in the history of Japanese modern architecture.

Date & Time: Monday, November 10, 14:00 ~ 15:40
A lecture (90 minutes) and a question and answer session (10 minutes)
Venue: Ritsumeikan Academia at Osaka, 5th floor, Osaka Fukoku Seimei Building, 2-4 Komatsubara-cho, Kita-ku, Osaka
Tuition fee: 1,500 yen per class
You can attend seven or more classes for a one-time fee of ¥10,000.
Space is limited to 130 per class.
Registration by email is needed.
Applicants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until all seats are filled.
Making Application
Please send the following information by email, fax, or postcard.
1. Applications by phone will not be accepted.
To download an application form, click here.
2. 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.
3. After the payment of the tuition fee(s) is confirmed, you will be sent an admission ticket. Please bring the ticket with you on the day(s) of the course.
Apply to:
Ritsumeikan Accademia at Osaka, 14F, Osaka Fukoku Seimei Building, 2-4, Komatsubara-cho, Kita-ku, Osaka 530-0018

Fax: 06-6360-4894
Applications are no longer being accepted. All seats are filled.
For more information, contact
Ritsumeikan Accademia at Osaka
Tel: 06-6360-4895
Business hours: 9:00~17:30 excluding Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays
Closed: Saturdays and Sundays
In cooperation with: Graduate School of Letters, Osaka University; Kaitokudo for the 21st Century, Osaka University; College of Letters, Ritsumeikan University; Ritsumeikan Accademia at Osaka
Supported by: Osaka City Board of Education

Date: 2014-11-10 (Mon) 2:00 p.m. - 3:40 p.m.

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