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"Showa Sights, Sounds, and Stories - Forgotten History of the Showa Period" Osaka & Kyoto Culture Classes for the second half of 2016 ~ 2017

2016-10-17 (Mon) - 2016-12-5 (Mon)

Showa (1926-1989) has been over for quite a while now. It's been about a quarter-century since the start of the Heisei period, and the Showa generation has been decreasing little by little. Meanwhile, houses built during the Showa period have seen a rise in popularity and Showa fashion is making a comeback. From World War II, to the post-war chaos and subsequent economic growth, to the bubble economy, all the way up to the present, this period was full of events that are still talked about today, such as the opening of the Shinkansen as a symbol of post-war recovery, the Tokyo Olympics, and the Osaka World Expo. But on the reverse-side of this colorful period lies an expanse of diverse activity in culture, arts, sports, business, and everyday life not written in a Showa history centered around political economy. In these lectures, we'll dig up the sights, sounds, and stories of the Showa period that lie on the edge of recollection and oblivion. There we'll find the sweat, breath, and laughter of the ordinary people of Kansai.

List of Lectures for the Second Half of 2016-2017

1) Monday, October 17, 2016 - 14:00 ~ 15:40
"The 'Black Market' of Kyoto Captured by Authors"
Lecturer: SAITO Masao (Associate Professor, Graduate School of Letters, Osaka University)

2) Monday, October 24, 2016 - 14:00 ~ 15:40
"The Hiking Boom and 'Tour Groups' of Kansai in the Early Showa Period"
Lecturer: AKAI Shoji (Professor, College of Social Sciences, Ritsumeikan University)

3) Monday, October 31, 2016 - 14:00 ~ 15:40
"Poetry Circles of Post-War Osaka"
Lecturer: UNODA Naoya (Associate Professor, Graduate School of Letters, Osaka University)

4) Monday, November 7, 2016 - 14:00 ~ 15:40
"Streets and Festivals Decoded from Old Photos of Showa Kyoto - Lost Scenes"
Lecturer: KATO Masahiro (Professor, College of Letters, Ritsumeikan University)

5) Monday, November 14, 2016 - 14:00 ~ 15:40
"Youth Sports in Osaka - History and Challenges Seen in its Birthplace, Toyonaka City"
Lecturer: TSUTSUMI Kenji (Professor, Graduate School of Letters, Osaka University)

6) Monday, November 21, 2016 - 14:00 ~ 15:40
"Modernism of Pre-War Kyoto"
Lecturer: NAKAGAWA Shigemi (Professor, College of Letters, Ritsumeikan University)

7) Monday, November 28, 2016 - 14:00 ~ 15:40
"Dancing Kansai - Music and Dance in Modern Urban Culture"
Lecturer: WAJIMA Yusuke (Associate Professor, Graduate School of Letters, Osaka University)

8) Monday, December 5, 2016 - 14:00 ~ 15:40
"A Showa History of Arts and Sightseeing - The 'Buried Showa' and 'Created Showa' as seen in Yoshimoto Entertainment"
Lecturer: ENDO Hideki (Professor, College of Letters, Ritsumeikan University)


Osaka & Kyoto Culture Classes

Kaitokudo for the 21st Century of Osaka University is jointly sponsoring a course consisting of 8 lectures together with the Osaka University's Graduate School of Letters and Ritsumeikan University's College of Letters at Ritsumeikan University. Classes will be held on a common theme regarding the history and culture of Osaka and Kyoto.

For more information including how to apply, please visit the link below:

Date: 2016-10-17 (Mon) - 2016-12-5 (Mon)
Organizer: Graduate School of Letters, Osaka University; Kaitokudo for the 21st Century, Osaka University; College of Letters, Ritsumeikan University
Venue: Ritsumeikan Osaka Umeda Campus (5F, Fukoku Seimei Bldg., Osaka)
Registration: Registration is required for this seminar. (Web)
Contact: Open Lecture Office, Ritsumeikan Osaka Umeda Campus

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