Drawing on the resources of Kyoto Seika University’s five academic departments, the center conducts projects, lectures, research, events, and outreach programs related to traditional industries.
Researchers, artists, artisans, and designers working in Kyoto’s traditional arts and crafts industry give specialized lectures based on their field of expertise.
Kyoto Traditional Crafts Internship is an opportunity for on-site experiential learning in the field of traditional craft, and is conducted during the two-week summer holiday for third and fourth year students enrolled in the Faculty of Art, Design, Humanities, Manga, and Popular Culture.
The center organizes projects to connect various traditional industries associations, companies, and individuals with the university. Through research and educational activities, we propose solutions to current issues within traditional industries.
Applying the resources and diverse perspectives of the university’s five departments, the center conducts research projects on traditional industries.
Kyoto Seika University owns and manages Yase Toyo Kiln, where the ceramist Munemaro Ishiguro lived and worked during the later years of his life. From the numerous pottery shards and other traces of his work discovered on-site, we can assess the techniques that Ishiguro attempted throughout his lifelong career.
Professionals working in traditional industries are invited as guests for this talk event series. Experts in various fields, including artisans discuss the future of tradition and craft.
Tradition is not something to be admired from afar, but rather, something that exists very close to us in everyday life. The student group offers opportunities to experience the depth of traditional cultures and consider social issues through visits to craft workshops.
Kyoto Seika University was selected for the 2018 Private University Research Branding Project (Type B: Research contributing to national or international economic and societal growth or advancement of scientific technologies, through the development of innovative/academic research infrastructure) by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). With support from MEXT, the university aims to establish its brand over the course of three years until 2020.
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