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Classics Day events at Heiankyo Sosei-kan and Kyoto Lifetime Learning Center

(1) Heiankyo Sosei-kan
At Heiankyo Sosei-kan, you will be able to have a bird’s-eye view of Heian-kyo, ancient capital of Japan from 794 to 1869, due to the exhibit of a replica of Heian-kyo, carefully reproduced to a size of 5 square meters with the latest knowledge in historiography, archaeology and architectonics. A replica of Hossho temple’s nine-storey octagonal pagoda, built more than 1,000 years ago, a high-rise wooden tower with a height of over 80 meters and astonishing to people even today, should draw your interest too. In addition, the exhibition shows Heian-style costumes (clothing worn by the Imperial families and court nobles during the Heian period) and people’s life-styles of the time such as the way they took meals.

A Kyoto map made by Yukiyasu Mori, a cartographer active around Kyoto in the Edo period (1603-1868 A.D.), is displayed as a special exhibit. You will have a close-up view of a Yukiyasu map which are said to be the Google maps of the Edo period.

In order for you really to know Kyoto, you have to learn about Heian-kyo, from which Kyoto originated. Heiankyo Sosei-kan’s pamphlet is available in English, Chinese and Korean, and Heian-kyo Zue, a guide map that has information on Heian-gu and a monument related to The tale of Genji, sells for 300 yen.

(2) Classics Festival 2012 is now open!
Various events such as lectures and performances of traditional arts are planned in the Classics Festival. The following is the program for this year, along with proclamation of November 1 as Classics Day, with greater focus on the classics.

[November 1]
13:30 - Kangen(traditional Japanese court music) and
Bugaku(court music accompanied by dancing),
performances of traditional arts for music and dance
titled Etenraku, Bairo, Seigaiha and Genjoraku.
14:40 - Keynote speech and commemorative symposium
“Learn today from classical literature Hojyoki
– earthquakes, life-styles and social conditions in Kyoto”

[November 2]
10:00 – 12:00 Lecture “How to produce a classic – case study of Kyogen (comical play)”
by Senzaburo Shigeyama, comical Okura-style actor

11:30 -Tea ceremony (200 yen and prior registration required)
14:00 - Lecture “The birth of Kyoto Culture cited from literature Tsure Zure Gusa
by Yuichiro Momozaki, assistant professor,
Literature Department, Ritsumeikan University

14:00 -Classics Day commemorative movie Saikaku Ichidai Onna

[November 3]
14:00 -Concert featuring oboe, bassoon and others
Titles are Mitsui no Bansho by Tatsuro Tohshi,
Ren Ka by Naoto Ohmasa and others.

Replica of Heian-kyo
Contact : Mr. Atsuhiko Shoji, business section, Kyoto City Lifetime Learning Center
      West of Nanahon-matsu, Maruta-machi Street, Nakagyo-ku, Kyoto
      (postal code: 604-8401)
Phone or E-mail +81-75-812-7222, E-mail : a-shouzi@edu.city.kyoto.jp