Kyoto, Japan: A Tour Through the Seasons with Dr. Gavin Campbell

Kyoto, Japan: A Tour Through the Seasons with Dr. Gavin Campbell


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For centuries, life in Kyoto, Japan has revolved around the four seasons. We’ll explore how the city’s cuisine, festivals, and daily rituals have evolved to mark the passage of spring, summer, autumn, and winter. In each season, we’ll discover traditions of everyday life – from gift-giving customs to cuisine and kimono designs – that still shape the rhythms of Kyoto people.

In spring, we’ll take in the famed cherry blossoms, geisha dances, and cuisine that welcome the season. As summer comes, we’ll visit the great Gion Festival, now more than 1,000 years old, to explore how Kyoto people prepare for the city’s heat and humidity. In autumn, we’ll explore famous temple gardens and prepare to welcome the ancestors for the annual Obon festival. In winter, we will visit homes for New Year’s celebrations and examine the rituals and food associated with new beginnings.

Led by an expert on Kyoto culture and history, Professor Gavin Campbell, this Conversation will take us through the city’s seasonal rituals. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased appreciation for how Kyoto people celebrate the unique beauties of each season.

Eager to explore Kyoto with Context in person? Explore our Private Tours of Japan here. 

Gavin received a Ph.D. in history from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and came to Kyoto in 2001. He is a Ph.D. professor of history at Doshisha University. His teaching and research revolve around Japan's cultural encounters with the West, particularly during the Edo, Meiji, Taisho and early Showa periods (1600-1940), and he has published on the history of foreign tourism and of Protestant missionaries in Japan. To further explore Japan's global cultural encounters, he is currently writing a book on the history of Japanese menswear from the 1600s through the early 20th century. He is also an expert on Kyoto geisha culture and a frequent participant in geisha entertainment.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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S.S. (Silver Spring, US)
Kyoto through the seasons

Excellent presentation. The 72 season calendar, the various festivals and celebrations give an insight into the culture we were not able to see when we visited Kyoto several years ago.

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don't understand the question. Isn't it Kyoto, Japan? per listed above?

It was a beautiful presentation, carefully manicured. Great presentation skills to keep the audience engaged. Interesting sharing even for people like myself who have been to Kyoto many times. I thank Gavin for taking the time to share insights.

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S.S. (Silver Spring, US)
Kyoto through the seasons

Excellent presentation. The 72 season calendar, the various festivals and celebrations give an insight into the culture we were not able to see when we visited Kyoto several years ago.

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S.M. (Tucson, US)

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A.C. (New Taipei, TW)
don't understand the question. Isn't it Kyoto, Japan? per listed above?

It was a beautiful presentation, carefully manicured. Great presentation skills to keep the audience engaged. Interesting sharing even for people like myself who have been to Kyoto many times. I thank Gavin for taking the time to share insights.