Invitation to Kumano with Etoki Performance: A Case of Regional Cooperation applying Humanities by University of Tokyo

In 2021, Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology/Faculty of Letters, University of Tokyo signed a partnership agreement with Shingu City, Wakayama Prefecture, a core city in the Kumano region, which is one of the oldest pilgrimage sites in Japan. Along with this, we are conducting a wide variety of events like academic forum, symposium, seminar, excursion etc. As our event abroad for the first time, we would like to hold a seminar at UTokyo NY on 17.03.2023, in order to promote Kumano internationally as one of the most fertile fields for Humanities. Some experts of Kumano will introduce and explain variable attractive aspects of Kumano. We will also re-enact the storytelling ritual, E-toki, of the painting “Nachi Sankei Mandala (Nachi pilgrimage map mandala)”, which was held by a woman, called Kumano Bikuni, who travelled around Japan in order to advertise Kumano since the Middle Ages. E-toki is a kind of a fund-raising practice using a painting for shrines and temples in Japan in pre-modern period.

This event will be held via Zoom online and on site (UTokyo NY office, 145 west 57th Street 21st Floor, New York 10019).

If you would like to join us via Zoom, please register from this page. Please apply by the 16th March PM 5:00. If you would like to join us on site, please contact us. 


Invitation to Kumano, with Etoki Performance: A Case of Regional Cooperative Activities of the University of Tokyo. 

Date: 17th March, 2023 PM6:00 - 8:30 (EDT)

Venue: Online via Zoom / UTokyo NY Office


Akira Akiyama (Dean, Faculty of Letters, University of Tokyo)

Yukio Lippit (Professor, Harvard University)

Teruaki Matsuzaki (Lectuerer, University of Tokyo)

Izumi Florence Ota (Assistant Professor, University of Tokyo)

Shigeo Yamamoto (President, Society of International Kumano Studies)

Etoki Performer: Midori Ikuma (Kumano Nachi Guide Association)

Moderator: Kaori Karasawa (Professor, University of Tokyo)


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