Kōgakkan University 皇學館大学

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…

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…

A Walk through the Past with the Kōgakkan University Historical Society 皇學館大学史學會の歴史散歩

I have the honor and pleasure of being in charge of this year’s “Historical Walk” at Kōgakkan University. As a theme, I chose the “Old Road of Kumano” (熊野古道), a World Heritage Site in Mie Prefecture. The photo here was…

The Ise-Japan Study Program 「伊勢」と日本スタディプログラム 2017

We are now entering the final 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 given by Kōgakkan University 皇學館大学 faculty members to graduate…

Shinto English 神道英語

Kōgakkan University 皇學館大学 trains Shinto priests to work at shrines all over the country including what is widely considered to be the most sacred one, Ise Jingū 伊勢神宮, which is located near the university in Ise (the G7 leaders met…

Historical Runs in the UK 英国の「歴史ラン」

This summer I accompanied 15 students from Kōgakkan University 皇學館大学 on a month-long study abroad program in the UK. We spent most of the time at the University of Kent in Canterbury. This was followed by a short stay in…

Taking Note: “DEVONthink To Go” Gets an Update

Note-taking enthusiasts are probably familiar with well-known iPad apps that have “note” in their titles such as Apple Notes, Evernote, OneNote, and Simplenote. I’ve written a lot about Evernote here on my blog. DEVONthink To Go 2 is not as…

Prime Minister Abe Dropped by Kōgakkan University for a Visit 安倍信三内閣総理大臣 皇學館大学来訪

Yesterday, the Prime Minister dropped by Kōgakkan University 皇學館大学 for a visit. While he was here, he ate lunch with some of the students in the dining hall. Click on the photo below to see a video of it. I…