Looking back

A blogpost looking back on a wonderful time spent in Ise. Time went by incredibly fast. My post comes more than two weeks after returning to my home country (the Netherlands). ‘Ordinary’ or let’s say ‘daily life’ started again. The first week after returning was characterized by me being jetlagged and kind of grumpy. The…

Shinto: helpful resources online

Some helpful and interesting resources for whom are interested in shinto and want to learn more, just a mouse click away. Below you will find some pages I like, but of course there is so much more. Hope there is something useful or interesting for you !  Accessible documentary on shinto Want to watch an informative…

Time capsule to Edo Japan

Day 10: 2/28/2017 , Going into a time capsule to Edo Jidai   (1603-1868) We started the day with two lectures about Ise. The teacher told us about many historical places, some of which we would see with our own eyes in the latter half of the day, when it was field trip (kengaku) time again….

A complex affair: Buddhism and Shinto

On day 9 (2/27/2017) of the program we went to ‘Asamayama’ . This temple complex was out object of study for the day, and led to a discussion and much information about the syncretism of buddhism and shinto. This tempel complex showed us – How interwoven in the past buddhism and shinto were – How even…

Day 9 : Asamayama, Kawasaki district

2/27/2017 9th day of the Ise Japan study program. Other participant Lukas Wilde wrote some lines on his blog that I identify with strongly: “[…] there is way too much to put in one post only. So I am frantically looking for a kind of narrative anchor to connect all those impressions.” (find his great blog here)…

Taiken and Kengaku!

The 7th day of the program (2/25/2017) was very different from the other days that we have spend here so far. It was a day filled with taiken and kengaku. What does that mean? Taiken 体験 means to experience something in person. Kengaku 見学 means ‘study by observation’ which entails learning about something by going on…

The (positive) madness that is Ise Jingu

24/2/2017 Today we started with two more lectures about Ise. Afterwards we had a really amazing lecture by one of the head carpenters of Ise jingu. It was very interesting because it provided a new perspective on some things we had been receiving lectures about before, but from a different perspective. For example, we had…

Day four!

22/2/2017 Ise, a very interesting place. Maybe not as famous as Kyoto or Tokyo, but of great cultural significance as well. The holiest and most important shinto shrine is located in this city, and it also has one of only two universities in Japan where you can study shinto (that is right, the university I…

Third day: information overload and jetlag

Long but informative third day of Kogakkan Ise Study program. Three lectures today, all very different! We had two lectures about the Ise grand shrine, of which one can write many interesting things, but that will come later; promise. We also had an interesting lecture on  ‘Translating Shinto’. What do you do with terms that…

Day 2 – First day of lectures

20/02/2017 First ‘real’day of the program. We all walked together to the university. At 9:30 we had the opening ceremony. We got a lot of information about Ise, Kogakkan and shinto. Everyone had to do a self introduction and some of us got a bit nervous. I think everyone did a great job though! Afterwards we…

Day 1: Travelling, arriving, socializing

2/19/2017 Photo of all the participants and teachers. This day was all about travelling, arriving and socializing. I travelled from Schiphol airport to Chubu airport, transferring at Frankfurt. This all went as planned and I was even able to get a few hours of sleep on the plane. At the airport Tamada-san (Coordinator of the…