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Lectures on Japanese Culture (since 1991)

(Last updated on: November 17, 2004)

We hold public lectures named "Lectures on Japanese Culture" under joint sponsorship of us and the Board of Education of Shibuya Ward in every Spring and Fall, each with four lectures (registration fee: 2,000 yen; student: 1,000 yen). The attendants of all the four lectures are handed out diplomas by the director of the IJCC.

The latest ones are introduced on the News page.

1st Lecture

September 22, 29, October 6, 13, 1990.

September 22 Contemporary Japanese Religious Consciousness: The New Religions
INOUE Nobutaka
September 29 Rapid Cultural Change in the Meiji Period
October 6 Rice and Japanese Culture
MOGI Sakae
October 13 The Religious Life of the Ancient Japanese
SUGIYAMA Shigetsugu

2nd Lecture

May 18, 25, June 1, 8, 1991.

May 18 Japanese Society and Culture after the Russo-Japanese War
May 25 Contemporary Okinawan Shinto Ceremonies
SAITÔ Michiko
June 1 Legal Reform in the Criminal Code of the Kumamoto Feudal Domain
June 8 Postwar Japanese Society and the New Religions
INOUE Nobutaka

3rd Lecture

October 12, 19, 26, November 2, 1991.

October 12 The Regional Culture Accessible in Historical Ruins
SUGIYAMA Shigetsugu
October 19 Festivals at Kokufu
MOGI Sakae
October 26 The Future of the Tokyo Dialect
KUNO Mariko
November 2 An American's View of Japanese Tradition and the Present

4th Lecture

June 6, 13, 20, 27, 1992.

June 6 The Shinto-Buddhist Amalgamation
SATÔ Masato
June 13 City Almanacs
June 20 Religion as Seen in Mass Media Reporting
INOUE Nobutaka
June 27 The Method of Kami Matsuri
HIRAI Naofusa

5th Lecture

October 24, 31, November 7, 14, 1992.

October 24 Shinto Funerals in the Edo Period
SUGIYAMA Shigetsugu
October 31 Shogunal Jurisprudence: Tokugawa Yoshimune and the Adoption of Chinese Laws
November 7 Festivals in Modern Edo
November 14 Edo Scholarship: The Emergence from Hereditary Learning
MORI Mizue

6th Lecture

May 22, 29, June 5, 12, 1993.

May 22 Japan in American Popular Culture
May 29 Scenes of "Japanese Spirit, Western Knowledge": Collected Anecdotes on Modernization
June 5 European Views of Japan
ISOMURA Hisanori
June 12 Japanese Religions with Overseas Aspirations
INOUE Nobutaka

7th Lecture

October 9, 16, 23, 30, 1993.

October 9 The Modern Grand Shrine of Ise and the Shikinen Sengû (Ceremony for Transferring the Shintai Once in a Prescribed Number of Years)
October 16 On the Shikinen Sengû (Ceremonies for Transferring the Shintai Once in a Prescribed Number of Years) in Ancient Times
October 23 The Sacred Treasures from the Perspective of Archeological Documents
SUGIYAMA Shigetsugu
October 30 Japanese Culture as Seen in the Grand Shrine of Ise

8th Lecture

May 28, June 4, 11, 18, 1994.

May 28 The Kamigami of Stories in the Middle Ages
June 4 Primeval Man and Woman: From Japanese Mythology
NAKAMURA Hirotoshi
June 11 Staging the Birth of Kami: The Matsuri
MOGI Sakae
June 18 The Kami of Shinto
UEDA Kenji

9th Lecture

October 15, 22, 29, November 5, 1994.

October 15 Thoughts on the Symbiosis of the Law and Religion: A Macro and Micro View of the Separation of Government and Religion
October 22 Eastern and Western Legal Consciousness: Japan and France Compared
ISOMURA Hisanori
October 29 Modern Punishments in the Edo Period: The Origin and Development of Imprisonment
November 5 The Japanese Legal Tradition and Rhetoric

10th Lecture

May 27, June 3, 10, 17, 1995.

May 27 Bodies and Souls in Search of Healing
June 3 The Etiquette of Written Pledges: The History of Yubikire-genman
June 10 Changes in the Education of the Masses as Seen in Ôrai-mono (Textbooks Written in Letter Style)
KINO Kazue
June 17 Shinto and Buddhism in the Classroom: The Direction of Religious Education
INOUE Nobutaka

11th Lecture

October 7, 14, 21, 28, 1995.

October 7 Taoism and Rites for the Dead
ASANO Haruji
October 14 A Comparison of Diets in Ancient Korea and Japan
KIM Chon-ho
October 21 Kagura and Hunting Rites
MOGI Sakae
October 28 Food of the Gods
SAITÔ Michiko

12th Lecture

June 1, 8, 15, 22, 1996.

June 1 Border Transgressing Kamigami
June 8 The Kami of Legend and the Kami of Folklore
NOMURA Jun'ichi
June 15 The Kamigami of the Narrow Gate between the Urban and the Rural
June 22 The Concept of Kami in Archeological Literature
SUGIYAMA Shigetsugu

13th Lecture

October 5, 12, 19, 26, 1996.

October 5 Iwakura Tomomi and His Age: The Dawn and Restoration of Modern Kyoto
October 12 Itô Hirofumi and the Imperial Court
October 19 Nakae Chômin: The Rousseau of the East
October 26 Inoue Kowashi: The Real Image of the Meiji Designer of the Japanese Nation
SHIBATA Shin'ichi

14th Lecture: Shôwa Prime Ministers

June 14, 21, 28, July 5, 1997.

June 14 Inukai Tsuyoshi
June 21 Konoe Fumimaro
SHÔJI Jun'ichirô
June 28 Tôjô Hideki: The Wartime Prime Minister
July 5 Yoshida Shigeru
SHIBATA Shin'ichi

15th Lecture: The Formation and Development of Ritual Space

September 27, October 18, 25, November 8, 1997.

September 27 The Large Buildings of Jômon People
October 18 Yayoi Communities and the Large Buildings
KASUYA Takashi
October 25 The Residence of Gôzoku and the Rites
November 8 Palaces, Castles and the Ritual Space

16th Lecture: Festival and Performance Art in the Middle Age

June 6, 13, 20, 27, 1998.

June 6 Furyû Odori: Centered on Bô Furi
Tokyo National Research Institute of Cultural Properties NAKAMURA Shigeko
June 13 The Origin of Oni Wa Soto: The New Year Event and the Performance Art at the Temples in the Middle Age
Kokugakuin Univ. MATSUO Kôichi
June 20 Festival and Perfomance Art of the Provincial Powers
June 27 Festival in the City
National Museum of Japanese History FUKUHARA Toshio

17th Lecture: The Japanese View of Nature in a Global Perspective

October 17, 24, 31, November 7, 1998.

October 17 Nature and Spirituality in Japanese Religion, in the Context of France and Europe
Research Associate, Tokyo University of Foreign Studies KASHIO Naoki
October 24 The Korean View of Nature
Assistant Professor, Kyonggi Univ. PARK Sun-Sul
October 31 The Culture of Water and Trees: Southeast Asia and Japan
Professor, Kokugakuin Univ. ÔSAKI Masaharu
November 7 Shinto and the Japanese View of Nature
Professor, Kokugakuin Univ. MITSUHASHI Takeshi

18th Lecture: Studying Japanese Culture with the Internet

May 22, 29, June 5, 12, 1999.

May 22 An Invitation to the Informational Japanese Literary Studies
Research Associate, National Institute of Japanese Literature AIDA Mitsuru
May 29 Historical Studies in the Internet Age
Imperial Household Agency KAJITA Akihiro
June 5 Information Age and Japanese Religion: the Aim of Religious Information Research Center
Professor, IJCC INOUE Nobutaka
June 12 Informationalization and the Future of the Religious Tradition: the Internet as a Research Field
Permanent Lecturer, IJCC KUROSAKI Hiroyuki

19th Lecture: (Noblesse Oblige in Japan)

October 16, 23, 30, November 6, 1999.

October 16 The Imperial Court and the Court Nobles: Their Situation and Their Self-Consciousness
Permanent Researcher, Okura Institute for the Study of Spiritual Culture HIRAI Seiji
October 23 Kazoku (Noble Families in Modern Japan) and the Armed Forces"
Journalist ASAMI Masao
October 30 A Historian MIKAMI Sanji and the Emperor Learning: Its Relationship with the Work of Historiography
Imperial Household Agency TAKAHASHI Katsuhiro
November 6 The Imperial Family and the Politics: The Kôzoku Naikaku (the Cabinet Composed of the Members of the Imperial Family) Movement in the Shôwa Period
Assistant Professor, IJCC SHIBATA Shin'ichi

20th Lecture: Various Aspects of the Edo Culture

May 20, 27, June 3, 10, 2000.

May 20 Publishing and Distribution in the Edo Period: the Players
Assistant Professor, Kokugakuin Univ. ÔWA Hiroyuki
May 27 Punishment in the Edo Period: Flogging and Tatoo
Professor, IJCC TAKASHIO Hiroshi
June 3 Building and Transfer of the Grand Shrine of Izumo in the Early Modern Period
Adjunct Lecturer, IJCC NISHIOKA Kazuhiko
June 10 The Court Learning in the Edo Period: Centered on Confucianist Study
Adjunct Lecturer, IJCC MATSUMOTO Takashi

21st Lecture: The Recording of Visual Images of Folk Culture Lectured by Their Producers

October 21, 28, November 11, 18, 2000.

October 21 The Recording of Visual Images as a Form of Broadcast Culture: the Case of NHK's Furusato to densho ["Villages and Legends"]
NHK Enterprise 21 MATSUI Takashi
October 28 The Theory and Practice of Recording Visual Images at Museums: the Making of Images at the Edo-Tokyo Museum
Director, Institute for Museum Imagery KOJU Satoshi
November 11 Visual Images as Part of Academic Research and Teaching: Creating Visual Images in the University
Assistant Professor, IJCC MOGI Sakae
November 18 The Recording of Visual Images in Research on Folk Art Performances: How Research Results are Expressed
Professor, Faculty of International Relations, Nihon University TAKAYAMA Shigeru

22nd Lecture: Musashi Area and Archaeology

May 12, 19, 26, June 2, 2001.

May 12 The End of Jômon Society Viewed from the Waterside
Research Associate, IJCC YAMAUCHI Toshiaki
May 19 The Archaeology of Shibuya
Curator, Board of Education, Shibuya City KASUYA Takashi
May 26 The Tombs Dug into the Side of the Hill in Musashi Area
Professor, IJCC SUGIYAMA Shigetsugu
June 2 The Government Office in the Ancient Musashi
Adjunct Lecturer, IJCC HIRANO Takuji

23rd Lecture: Regions and Developments of Ritual Foods

October 13, 20, 27, November 10, 2001.

October 13 Taoistic Festivals and Offerings
Assistant Professor, Kokugakuin Junior College ASANO Haruji
October 20 The Seasonal Festivals and the Foods
Adjunct Lecturer, IJCC SHIROSAKI Yôko
October 27 Ritual Foods in the Stock Farming Society: The Case of the New Year Festival in Mongolia
Assistant Professor, IJCC SAITÔ Michiko
November 10 A Story of Western Foods in Japan
Kurashiki Sakuyo University KOSUGE Keiko

24th Lecture: The Persons Challenging to the U. S. in the Showa Era

May 18, 25, June 1, 8, 2002.

May 18 The Relationship between Japan and the U. S. after the Japan-Russian War: The Effort to Cooperation and its Limit
Imperial Household Agency TAKAHASHI Katsuhiro
May 25 Ishiwara Kanji: The Idea of the Final World War and the Manchurian Incident
Former Lecturer, Kokugakuin Univ. NOMURA Otojirô
June 1 TÔGÔ Shigenori: Opening and Ending of the War, and the Tokyo Trial
Assistant Professor, IJCC SHIBATA Shin'ichi
June 8 Showa Tenno: The Birth of the Emperor as the Symbol and the Diplomacy by the Imperial Family
Kyodo Tsushin TAKAHASHI Hiroshi

25th Lecture: Japanese Culture and Shibuya

October 26, November 2, 9, 16, 2002.

October 26 Zen Temples in Shibuya
Chief Priest of Korin'in Temple KANATAKE Soshin
November 2 Eighty Years Since the Move: Now and Then of Kokugakuin
Kokugakuin Univ. MASUI Kunio
November 9 Shibuya Fudoki
Director, IJCC SUGIYAMA Shigetsugu
November 16 The Grove of the Shrine and the Local Community
Chief Priest of Yoyogi Hachimangu HIRAIWA Masatoshi

26th Lecture: The Development of Media and the Transformation of Japanese Culture

June 7 (Sat), 14 (Sat), 21 (Sat), 28 (Sat), 2003.

June 7 Media in Folk Beliefs
Permanent Lecturer, Kokugakuin Univ. Norman HAVENS
June 14 Photograph Made Words: the Construction of the Modernity Viewed from the Graphic Materials
Permanent Lecturer, Kibi International University YAMAUCHI Toshiaki
June 21 The Media Carrying Virtue: Biography and Life Documents in the Education of People
Permanent Lecturer, Kokugakuin Univ. KUROSAKI Hiroyuki
June 28 The Encounter of Traditional Culture and the Internet
Professor, Edogawa University UNO Masato

27th Lecture: Shinto Today: Its Religious Variety and Political Controversy

September 27, Octover 4, 11, 18, 2003.

September 27 Building, Development and Today's Condition of Jinja in Hokkaido
Assistant Professor, Kokugakuin Univ. MOGI Sakae
October 4 Why Is Only Shinto Targetted?: Looking for a "Japanese Settlement" of the Church and State Problem
Professor, Kokugakuin Univ. ÔHARA Yasuo
October 11 Local Community and the Function of Jinja: A Case Study on the Restoration of the Ritual in Jinja
Assistant Professor, Kokugakuin Univ. SAITÔ Michiko
October 18 Current Condition of the Study on "State Shinto"
Professor, Kokugakuin Univ. SAKAMOTO Koremaru

28th Lecture: Shinto Culture in Edo Period: On Propagation and Lecture

June 5, 12, 19, 26, 2004.

June 5 Azumamaro Goes Down to Edo
Departmental Assistant,IJCC MATSUMOTO Hisashi
June 12 Popular Ethics and Shinto Teachings
Departmental Assistant,IJCC ASAYAMA Masashi
June 19 National Learnings of Hirata Atsutane and the Belief in Gods
Departmental Assistant,IJCC ENDÔ Jun
June 26 Onmyoji in Actual and Gods
Professor, Aichi Gakuin University HAYASHI Makoto

29th Lecture: Lives and Beliefs at Kumano, a Sacred Space

October 2, 16, 23, November 13, 2004.

October 2 Warriors at Kumano in Medieval Period: Researching the Traces of Kumano suigun
Assistant Professor, Ibaraki University TAKAHASHI Osamu
October 16 Industry and Life of Kumano in Early Modern Period: The Industrial Policy of the Kishû Han
Lecturer, Suzuka International University KASAHARA Masao
October 23 Development of Beliefs at Kumano: From the Viewpoint of its Historical Materials and the Mandala
Lecturer, Graduate School, Kokugakuin Univ. MIYAKE Hitoshi
November 13 The Road to Visit Kumano and the Life of the People: the Road to Visit and the Road to Live
Permanent Lecturer, IJCC FUJII Hiroaki
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