Ise: Patterns of Japanese Culture

Friday, April 21, 2017 at 3:00pm to 5:30pm

Leavey Library (LVL), LVL 17
650 West 35th Street , Los Angeles, CA 90089

One day in 2013, the photographer and filmmaker Masaaki Miyazawa stumbled upon the Shikinen Sengu, a Shinto ceremony practiced once every 20 years, at Ise Shrine in Mie Prefecture. For the past 1,300 years, a shrine pavilion is rebuilt for the purposes of renewing the shrine structure and transmitting traditional Japanese construction techniques to the next generation. Instantly captivated and inspired by the sacred relationship between humans and nature in Ise Shrine’s ritual, Miyazawa traveled to Japan’s sacred forests, mountains, and coasts to film and document the lives of people and their religious practices which are still deeply intertwined with nature. Join us and a delegation from Ise City to witness Miyazawa’s travels across Japan in the documentary Umi Yama Aida (Between Mountains and Oceans)A panel discussion with the filmmaker Miyazawa, representatives from Ise, and USC faculty will follow the screening. A reception immediately following the discussion will be hosted by the Center at the University Club.

Schedule of Events: 

Leavey Library Auditorium (LVL 17)
Leavey Library, USC

3:05-3:10 PM    Welcome - Duncan Williams (USC) – Moderator

3:10-3:25 PM     Opening Remarks - Kiyoshi Shimizu (President, Kogakkan University)

3:25-3:40 PM     Keynote speech - Katsuji Iwahashi (Jinja Honcho, Association of Shinto Shrines)

3:40-5:00 PM     Film Screening – Umi Yama Aida (79 mins.)

5:00-5:30 PM     Panel Discussion (Moderator - Duncan Williams, USC)
Panelists: Masaaki Miyazawa (Director, Umi Yama Aida); Yusuke Kamata (Producer, Umi Yama Aida); Mitsuhiro Suzaki (Executive Director, Industry and Tourism Department, Ise City Hall), Jason Webb (USC)

University Club Patio, USC

6:00 PM   Welcome - Duncan Williams (USC)

7:00 PM-7:10 PM      Brief Remarks by VIP Guests
Masaaki Miyazawa (Director, Umi Yama Aida); Kiyoshi Shimizu (President, Kogakkan University), Katsuji Iwahashi (Jinja Honcho, Association of Shinto Shrines)

7:30 PM   End of Reception


Image: Kuniyoshi, Utagawa. The Official Move to the Rebuilt Ise Shrine (Ise Daijingû sengyo no zu). 1849. Museum of Fine Arts. Boston.  

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Arts, Film Screening


Students, Alumni, Faculty/Staff


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Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture
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