Japanese Religion: Kyoto Shrines & Temples with Marcin Tatarczuk - Context Travel

Japanese Religion: Kyoto Shrines & Temples with Marcin Tatarczuk


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This webinar will try to answer the question, where does this fascinating, yet somehow strange idea of blending religions in Japan come from? We'll discuss Shintoism, Buddhism and visit virtually some Kyoto temples and shrines with a local Kyoto scholar and resident.

During our conversation we will learn about the origins of Japanese spirituality at first by focusing on Shinto - Japan's indigenous religion - its gods and its mythology. Although ancient, it is still being practiced nowadays in Japan, and many customs, rites, and festivals are derived from it.

Next, we learn about the Japanese variant of Buddhism, which by religious scholars is referred to as "death Buddhism". Though originally from India, Buddhism found its way to Japan, where it was reshaped according to a local worldview and blended with spirituality centered around nature. It brought many new ideas and concepts to Japan which we will learn more about. Both Shintoism and Buddhism influenced the lives and culture of Japanese people through the ages and what we see today, in Kyoto and many other cities and villages, is a result of this very interesting mix.

To conclude our conversation, we will virtually visit some of the shrines and temples in Kyoto. We'll use them as an example to discover how the religious syncretism works in the everyday life of a Japanese local.

Led by an expert on Japanese history, folklore, and religion, Marcin Tatarczuk, this interactive seminar will present Japanese religions and spirituality. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of Japanese culture and hopefully plenty of curiosity to experience different cultures and ideas.

Marcin is a Ph.D. Candidate at Kyoto University, studying Folk culture in contemporary Japan. In his spare time, he enjoys walking through Kyoto's streets rediscovering its secrets. He also enjoys riding his Kawasaki motorcycle, seeking more remote and hidden places. Marcin has lived in Kyoto for 11 years and worked for Context as a guide for the last 4 years.

This conversation is suitable for all ages

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

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B.G.
I learned a lot

Very interesting and informative. I learned so much about religion in Japan

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M.h.
Shinto&Buddhism

Excellent overview of the precepts and practices of Japanese Shinto and Buddhism religion. They were explained very clearly.

L
L.
Japanese Religion: Kyoto Shrines and Temples

I thoroughly enjoyed this lecture by Marcin Tatarczuk! He was very knowledgeable on his subject but not dry; he kept the lecture flowing with great anecdotes, clarity and wit. Having lived in Japan for some years myself, I really appreciated his obvious love and deep understanding of Japanese culture and religion.

J
J.K.
An Enjoyable and Educational Evening

Marcin is an expert on Kyoto and presents his information in a clear and easy to follow manner, with interesting information that you can enjoy and remember. His energy and enthusiasm for the subject make the time pass quickly

M
M.

I was hoping that I could just ask why we haven't gotten the reading list that the instructor said would be forthcoming after the course.

Customer Reviews

Based on 12 reviews
75%
(9)
0%
(0)
25%
(3)
0%
(0)
0%
(0)
B
B.G.
I learned a lot

Very interesting and informative. I learned so much about religion in Japan

M
M.h.
Shinto&Buddhism

Excellent overview of the precepts and practices of Japanese Shinto and Buddhism religion. They were explained very clearly.

L
L.
Japanese Religion: Kyoto Shrines and Temples

I thoroughly enjoyed this lecture by Marcin Tatarczuk! He was very knowledgeable on his subject but not dry; he kept the lecture flowing with great anecdotes, clarity and wit. Having lived in Japan for some years myself, I really appreciated his obvious love and deep understanding of Japanese culture and religion.

J
J.K.
An Enjoyable and Educational Evening

Marcin is an expert on Kyoto and presents his information in a clear and easy to follow manner, with interesting information that you can enjoy and remember. His energy and enthusiasm for the subject make the time pass quickly

M
M.

I was hoping that I could just ask why we haven't gotten the reading list that the instructor said would be forthcoming after the course.