Author Archive for Christopher MAYO

A History Run in Ise City 伊勢市の歴史ラン

According to the Association of Shinto Shrines, the most revered shrine in Japan is Ise Jingū. Unsurprisingly, Ise City is probably best known as a destination for pilgrims visiting the shrine. However, Ise has a lot of other religious spaces…

The Ise-Japan Study Program 「伊勢」と日本スタディプログラム 2018

We have just completed the first week of the “Ise-Japan Study Program” 「伊勢」と日本スタディプログラム, a fully funded stay of about three weeks in Ise City 伊勢市 complete with lectures and field trips prepared for participants (graduate students (MA and PhD) and…

Judo 柔道

This month I passed the examination for my black belt in judo, and today I received my black belt from my teacher at Kōgakkan University 皇學館大学, Satō Takeru 佐藤武尊. I’ve been training off and on in martial arts for about…

A Cup of Coffee in Ise 伊勢で一杯の珈琲

Japan has a thriving coffee-shop culture, and we’ve got plenty of places here in Ise 伊勢市. Of course, there is a Starbucks ターバックス, and there are large Japanese chains such as Komeda’s 珈琲所コメダ珈琲店, Motomachi 元町珈琲, or Lamp 珈琲屋らんぷ. We even…

Graduation Papers 卒業論文

At Kōgakkan University 皇學館大学 I have a seminar for third and fourth-year students called “Japan: Past and Present” (日本:過去と現代). My aim is to better equip students to discuss Japanese history and culture with people outside of Japan. I generally assign…

The Oise-san Marathon お伊勢さんマラソン

Today I ran with one of the Kōgakkan University 皇學館大学 staff and faculty teams in the Ise Marathon お伊勢さんマラソン (the 5k distance). Thanks to the power of Anpanman (Bean-Bread Kid), who was riding shotgun on my hat, I was able to…

Maps of Ise City 伊勢市の地図

After living in Ise City 伊勢市 for a while, I’ve come across several maps that contain useful information. The quality is a bit uneven, but when you put them together, you get a good sense of the city and the…