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(4) "'Miotsukushi': A Tour of Osaka's Red Light District"- Osaka & Kyoto Culture Classes for the Second Half of 2015 ~ 2016

2015-11-2 (Mon) 14:00 - 15:40

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

The flyer for this series can be viewed here. (flyer in Japanese)

Theme for the Second Half of 2015~16: Study of "Red Light Districts" of Osaka and Kyoto - The Differences and Ambiguity Between Licensed Quarters and Shibai-machi

Since the Edo period, licensed quarters and shibai-machi have flourished in the two large cities of Kyoto and Osaka. There are many who view these places as "unpleasant" or "bad places," but even so, these "red light districts" excrete their own unique cultural patterns, with each district being accepted as a festive space where the richness of each of the two cities' culture is celebrated.

Even now, these "red-light districts" fall under the "tourists' gaze," and it serves as a place where one can be immersed in a retro atmosphere. At these lectures, we'll explore the mental geography, city theory, novels, creative writing, paintings, and performing history of the "remote scenery" of these "red-light districts," while examining the differences and ambiguities associated with them from various points of view.

Coordinators:

  • WADA Akio, Professor, Graduate School of Letters, Osaka University
  • FUJIMAKI Masami, Professor, School of Cultures, Ritsumeikan University

(4) "'Miotsukushi': A Tour of Osaka's Red Light District"- Osaka & Kyoto Culture Classes for the Second Half of 2015 ~ 2016

Lecturer: IIKURA Youichi, Professor, Graduate School of Letters, Osaka University

Overview of Content:

Along with Yoshiwara in Edo (Tokyo) and Shimabara in Kyoto, Shinmachi was authorized as a red light district in Osaka by the shogunate of the Tokugawa regime. The famous kabuki theater piece entitled "Kuruwa Bunsho," meaning "Love Letters from the Licensed Quarter and better known in Japan as "Yoshidaya,"paints the love story between Yugiri, a prostitute of Shinmachi, and Izaemon, a young wealthy merchant. But what kind of place was Shinmachi? We'll read the guide book on Shinmachi, "Miotsukushi," while taking a time slip to the red light districts of Osaka in the Edo period.


Date and Time: Monday, November 2, 14:00 ~ 15:40

Venue: Ritsumeikan Osaka Umeda Campus (Osaka Fukoku Seimei Building 5F/Komatsubaracho 2-4, Kita-ku, Osaka City)

Tuition Fee: 1.500 yen/class

You can attend seven or more classes for a one-time fee of ¥10,000.
Space is limited to 130 per class.
Registration has ended for this seminar.

Please apply to:

Ritsumeikan Osaka Umeda Campus

Osaka Fukoku Seimei Building 14F, Komatsubaracho 2-4, Kita-ku, Osaka City 530-0018

FAX: 06-6360-4894 / E-mail:osaka-kz@st.ritsumei.ac.jp

Hours of operation:

9:00~17:30 (Closed on holidays and weekends)

How to Apply:

1. Please send a completed application form by email, fax, or postal mail to the address listd above. (Applications by telephone will not be accepted.)

Application form:  PDF   Word

2. After receiving your application form, we will send out a certificate of acceptance and a post office transfer form, so please finalized your application by transferring the necessary tuition fee(s) at a post office.

3. After payment of the tuition fee(s) has been confirmed, you will be sent an admission ticket. Please bring the ticket with you on the day(s) of the course(s).

Date: 2015-11-2 (Mon) 14:00 - 15:40
Organizer: Graduate School of Letters, Osaka University; Kaitokudo for the 21st Century, Osaka University; College of Letters, Ritsumeikan University
Venue: Ritsumeikan Osaka Umeda Campus (Osaka Fukoku Seimei Building 5F/Komatsubaracho 2-4, Kita-ku, Osaka City)
Registration: Registration by email is required for this event.
Contact: Ristumeikan Osaka Office
osaka-kz@st.ritsumei.ac.jp

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