Cultural Event: A Day in Historic Kyoto
Delegates attending The 4th Kyoto Conference on Arts, Media & Culture (KAMC2023) and The 14th Asian Conference on Media, Communication & Film (MediAsia2023) are invited to join an exclusive walking tour to some of Kyoto's most historic and revered sites, each a testament to the city's profound spiritual heritage and architectural mastery. From the tranquil ambience of Yasaka Shinto Shrine to the panoramic vistas of Kiyomizu-dera Buddhist Temple, this tour is an intimate immersion into Kyoto's vibrant past, shaping an inspired start to the conference.
The visit will be led by Professor Brian Victoria of the Oxford Centre for Buddhist Studies, whose in-depth historical and cultural knowledge of the sites will bring an academic edge to this already unique and exciting experience.
Monday, October 9, 2023
All times are Japan Standard Time (UTC +9)
|13:00-13:15||Meet at Yasaka Shinto Shrine|
|13:15-13:45||Yasaka Shinto Shrine & Maruyama Park|
|13:45-14:15||Chionin Buddhist Temple with two gardens|
|14:15-15:15||Kodaiji Buddhist Temple with garden|
|15:15-17:30||Ninenzaka-Sannenzaka traditional streets & Kiyomizu-dera with panoramic view of Kyoto|
Learn More About Kyoto’s Rich Cultural History
Established over 1350 years ago, Yasaka Shrine is a revered Shinto sanctuary in Kyoto. Famed for its Gion Matsuri festival, the shrine showcases traditional Japanese spirituality, making it a fascinating insight into the country's religious practices for academic visitors.
Chionin Temple is the headquarters of the Jōdo-shū (Pure Land) sect of Buddhism. Housing a colossal bell and majestic gate, the temple exemplifies Japan's Buddhist architecture and traditions, offering academics a unique perspective on Japan's religious history.
Kodaiji is a historic Zen Buddhist temple, renowned for its tranquil gardens and beautiful tea houses. The temple's architecture, rich history, and serene atmosphere provide a contemplative environment for scholars keen on understanding Japan's Zen traditions.
Ninenzaka and Sannenzaka are two atmospheric streets in Kyoto, preserved with traditional wooden houses and teahouses. These enchanting alleyways offer academics a snapshot into Japan's Edo period culture and architectural styles, encapsulating the essence of old Kyoto.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Kiyomizu-dera is a landmark Buddhist temple offering panoramic views of Kyoto. With its iconic wooden stage, historic pagodas, and sacred waterfall, the temple presents academics an immersive experience of Japan's rich religious heritage and aesthetic sensibilities.
Immerse yourself in Kyoto’s rich cultural history by joining this enlightening tour. Registration is open until October 2. With only 25 spots available, we encourage you to register early to secure your participation in this unique excursion.
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