Targeted to those who are interested in Kyoto’s culture, the arts and sciences, “Kyoto Academia Week’s seminar” was held in a hybrid style, simultaneously f2f and online on Thursday, October 14th. Drawn to the event’s in-depth introduction to the allures of Kyoto were some 180 participants from various backgrounds. With capacity restrictions in place at the event’s venue in Marunouchi, Tokyo, many people also participated online.
The seminar is a part of cooperative activities conducted by the Kyoto Academia Forum (a collaborative initiative by nine public and private universities in Kyoto Prefecture) for which Professor Anna Ruggeri Takeshita of the Faculty of Foreign Studies’ Department of Italian Studies gave a lecture “Monasteries for Zen Nuns in Kyoto—Their Charms and Difficulties”.
In her lecture, Professor Takeshita introduced Buddhist temples—mainly of the Rinzai sect—in which nuns of aristocratic or imperial lineage lived, as well as existing Zen monasteries for nuns in Kyoto. She also mentioned the difficulties Japanese nuns are facing and shed light on the issues surrounding religion and gender.
“It was fascinating,” said one participant after the lecture.
Thanks to everyone who attended the seminar.