In Japan, temples have played a crucial role in people’s lives for a long time. Having a close linkage with urban areas, temples may be compared to ‘windows’ navigating us through the historical and cultural layers of an urban city. Temples reveal the story of urban societies which have been handed down from the past to the present.
Sengakuji was founded by Tokugawa Ieyasu, the first shogunate of the Edo period, in 1612, and has functioned as a scholarship and cultural platform of Zen Buddhism. It was acknowledged as one of the Edo’s three main gakuryō (Buddhist Colleges) which belongs to the ‘Sōtō-shū sect’ alongside Kichijōji Sendanrin in Komagome and Seishōji Shishikutsu in Shiba-Atago.
Set in Sengakuji, this program will explore the development of Japanese culture and Zen. The program consists of two sections, a guided tour and a lecture, both focusing on the history of gakuryō, Japanese literature and fine arts of Zen, and the important roles that Sengakuji and other Zen temples have played in the cultural history of Japan.
Timetable (18 November)
10:00-11:30 ・Guided Tour “Explore the Precincts of Sengakuji: Its History and Culture”
Lecturer: Kenmyou Muta (Priest/Department Director)/Language: Japanese only
13:00-14:30 Lecture “Scholarship and Culture of Zen Temples”
Lecturer: Takashi Horikawa (Professor at the Institute of Oriental Classics [Shido Bunko], Keio University), Kenmyou Muta
* The lecture will be held in Japanese. However, we will provide English language support for non-Japanese speakers.
More details here. Program is free (prior registration required).
This forum focuses on the architecture of universities, which stand very close to the local community but offer few opportunities for people to experience them.
Through lectures and case studies, the program will share and discuss projects in several universities to highlight their architecture and the activities of architectural archives in Japan and abroad.
Language: Japanese with language support in English
Timetable (Saturday 20th October)
Yohko Watanabe (Keio University Art Center, Keio University):
School and Memory: A study based on the ‘Architecture of Keio’ project
Takako Fujimoto (National Archives of Modern Architecture [NAMA], Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan):
Preserving and Utilising the Archives of Modern Architecture: Reflections on the activities of NAMA and architectural archives abroad.
Case studies (15:15-)
Michiyo Kohri (Meiji Gakuin Historical Museum, Meiji Gakuin University):
The University Campus, Narrated by Historical Buildings: With a focus on Imbrie Hall, Memorial Hall and Meiji Gakuin Chapel
Yuri Tomita, Miki Maruyama (Gakushuin University Museum of History, Gakushuin University):
Preserving and Utilising the Historical Buildings of Gakushuin University’s Mejiro Campus
Venue: Keio University, Mita Campus
Further details here.
Free, No registration required,
Contact: Keio University Art Center, Yu Homma
atelier jaku presents the first of a three-part series of concerts called the ‘Garden Series’. In this concert, the first half will feature new-music icon John Cage’s seminal Ryoanji for oboe and voice. Daryl Jamieson’s new piece utamakura 3: Saihōji for voice, cor anglais, and percussion with field recordings fills the second half.
Please join performers Yakushiji Noriko (voice), Unagami Nagisa (oboe/cor anglais), and Aita Mizuki (percussion) for a music event aimed at all five senses: including an art installation (Portable Garden) by regular atelier jaku collaborators Setsuami and Takeyama Keisuke, bespoke incense (Natura in minima maxima) and two specially-commissioned cocktails.
Saturday 10 November 2018, 16:00pm (doors open 15:30pm)
Isezaki Bar 333
1-3-1 Isezaki-chō, Naka-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa
Tickets are 3500 yen (not including food and drink).
Further details available here.
DORIS DÖRRIE EVENT (in German)
November 10th, 2018 (Saturday), 11am-8:30pm
German Cultural Center Tokyo/ OAG-Haus
In many leading works of the German film director Doris Dörrie, cooking and eating are just as important as Zen Buddhism and Japanese culture. This relationship has already been established in the first film that Dörrie shot in Japan: Enlightenment Guaranteed (1999/2000). The famous actor Uwe Ochsenknecht plays the role of a kitchen salesman who, together with his brother, experiences the everyday life of a Japanese Zen monastery. Later, in her humorous philosophical documentary How to Cook Your Life (2007), she follows the Zen cooking class of the American Zen master Edward Espe Brown. The film sheds light on the international appeal and current significance of Zen Buddhist
These movies as well as other works by Dörrie, such as Cherry Blossoms (2008) and Greetings from Fukushima (2016) will be the focus of the Doris Dörrie event, which will take place at the German Cultural Center Tokyo / OAG-Haus.
11:00am – 1:00pm
Seminar for students and other interested parties:
Doris Dörrie's art of the film genre, directed by: Jaimey Fisher (University of California, Davis) and Stefan Keppler-Tasaki (The University of Tokyo)
1:00pm – 3:00pm
Bento-Luncheon: Study opportunities in Germany and DAAD funding, Manuela Sato-Prinz
3:00pm – 4:00pm
Presentation of the OAG: History and Function of the German Society for Nature and Ethnology of East Asia, Maike Roeder
Film Screening: How to Cook Your Life (D, 2007), Director: Doris Dörrie
6:00pm – 7:00pm
Kampai and Buffet
7:00pm – 8:30pm
Panel Discussion: Jaimey Fisher (University of California, Davis), Stefan Keppler-Tasaki (The University of Tokyo), Cordula Lemke (Freie Universität Berlin), C.K. Neubert (Temple University, Japan Campus) and Marie Géraldine Rademacher (The University of Tokyo)
Registration for Workshop and Info-Luncheon until October 31st , 2018:
Organized by DAAD Tokyo, OAG German Society for Nature and Ethnology of East Asia, The University of Tokyo -
Seminar for German Language and Literature
Funded by the Einstein Foundation Berlin
Contact: Stefan Keppler-Tasaki: email@example.com / Marie Géraldine Rademacher: firstname.lastname@example.org. More details here.
70th Hitotsubashi Anthropology Seminar - "Ontological Mythbusters"
October 22th, 2018 (Mon) 14:00-17:00
Venue: Research Conference Room (3rd floor) located in Faculty Building 3, Hitotsubashi University, East Campus (2-1 Naka, Kunitachi-shi, Tokyo)
Presenters: Morten A. Pedersen (University of Copenhagen) and Casper B. Jensen (Osaka University)
Abstract: The so-called ontological turn has been one of the most discussed and criticized methodological and theoretical developments within anthropology and science and technology studies over recent years. Drawing on ethnographic examples from Mongolia, Cambodia and Denmark, this talk chronicles the intellectual processes through which questions of ontology allowed the two of us, in different ways and different contexts, to provide new answers to analytical problems.
We illustrate with studies of the relationship between shamanic cosmology and post-socialist transition, and urban planning, infrastructure and nonhuman agency. Doing so, we explicate some of the central analytical moves of the ontological turn, while also paying attention to the divergence and convergence between different orientations to the ontological. We also aim to bust a number of widely circulating and popular myths including that ontology "is just another form of culture,” that the ontological turn entails a “new form of essentialism,” and that it is inherently apolitical and uncritical.
Symposium - ICU DIALOGUES: Democracy in Japan: Broken, Transforming, Stagnant?
15:10-17:30, October 24, 2018
"Democracies are being challenged globally by authoritarian alternatives and illiberal forms of government. Japan continues to buck these trends with regular elections and political parties that represent different political inclinations. Notwithstanding, critics argue that Japan’s democracy is flawed with low participation rates and a paucity in viable alternatives to the ruling party. This panel discussion aims to examine Japan’s democracy debating whether its in stagnation, decline or in transformation. Through speaker dialogue, debate and an interactive Q&A extended session we hope to engage in a more nuanced discussion of the state of democracy in Japan."
International Conference Room, Dialogue House, ICU
Tobias Harris, Japanese politics expert, Vice- President for Teneo Intelligence
Tomohito Shinoda, International University of Japan, Graduate School of International Relations
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