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Preserving Japanese Culture for Future Generations - Challenges of Shin-yu-sha


Against the backdrop of Japan’s rapid globalisation and technological advancement, Princess Akiko of Mikasa shared how she has taken an initiative towards preserving Japanese culture and traditions.

In her lecture at LKY School on 18 July, she candidly noted that it was only during her studies overseas that she realised that there was a need to refocus one’s efforts towards learning more about one’s own customs. Now, through her role as president of the Shin-yu-sha Society, she has created various opportunities for children to learn about Japan’s rich cultural traditions including tea drinking, kutani ware, rice bowl making and a project involving the creation of various offerings to the Iwashimizu Hachimangushrine in Kyoto. Through these, Princess Akiko hopes the children may develop a stronger sense of national identity.


Her Highness will deliver a lecture on Japanese culture, focusing on the initiatives undertaken by the Shin-yu-sha Society, where she is President, as well as share her aspirations regarding these initiatives.

The central drive behind Shin-yu-sha's initiatives is to create spaces in which children can learn about and familiarise themselves with Japan's cultural traditions. The name “Shin-yu-sha” (心游舎)was selected to convey the idea of spaces where participants can enjoy themselves.

Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples, which used to be the main hubs where men and women in Japanese society would gather and share their knowledge and cultural pursuits, are also at the heart of Shin-yu-sha's programmes. In such settings, traditional artists, craftsmen, and performers from a range of fields, as well as scholars of Japanese history and culture, come to present "authentic" Japanese culture to children.

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Her Imperial Highness Princess Akiko of Mikasa, President of the Shin-yu-sha Society, Visiting Associate Professor, Kinugasa Research Organization, Ritsumeikan University

Thursday, 18 July 2013
5:15 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

Seminar Room 3-1,
Manasseh Meyer,
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy,
469C Bukit Timah Road,
Singapore 259772

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