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School Corporation Uryuyama Gakuen, Kyoto University of Arts A collaborative project to disseminate Japanese culture through character design has started with Shinto Shrine Honcho, Kyoto University of Arts, and XPJP!

Uryuyama Gakuen Educational Corporation Kyoto University of the Arts A collaborative project to disseminate Japanese culture through character design has begun with the Shrine Headquarters, Kyoto University of Arts, and XPJP!
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Since its establishment in 1945 as an organization that encompasses 80,000 shrines nationwide, the Shinto Headquarters has strived to promote rituals, prosper shrines, and preserve and pass on Japanese tradition and culture, as well as the philosophy of “a nation built on the arts.” In collaboration with Uryuyama Gakuen Kyoto University of the Arts (hereinafter referred to as Kyoto University of Arts), whose mission is to contribute to solving social issues and world peace through human development, and XPJP Co., Ltd., which produces Japanese value design, In order to pass on culture and disseminate information based on Japanese mythology, the two institutions will begin a collaborative project with the aim of nurturing human resources who can fuse traditional culture with the latest
entertainment and appeal to modern society with new value.
[Image 1: https://prtimes.jp/i/26069/434/resize/d26069-434-e5cebcb41183569db538-0.jpg&s3=26069-434-f3d59823a774222ee07d15509d3487fb-3900×2756.jpg] Made in Japan
The mythology illustrations for the Shinto Shrine Headquarters website, which was renewed in July of this year, were created and provided by students in the Department of Character Design in collaboration with the university.
Japanese mythology on the Shrine Honcho website
https://www.jinjahoncho.or.jp/shinto/shinwa
[Image 2: https://prtimes.jp/i/26069/434/resize/d26069-434-1ff73869cc507128f739-3.jpg&s3=26069-434-c585c44bb59999b1c226257bae2650e1-3200×1200.jpg] From left: Ama no Iwato, Eight-pronged Serpent
We will also promote collaboration on the educational front, and will hold an intensive summer course on character design and manga production based on lectures on Shinto including the Kojiki. In the future, the Shrine Headquarters will collaborate in
distributing information and providing materials to shrines
nationwide, and by creating manga and characters, we will expand awareness of the essence of Japanese culture both domestically and internationally, and support efforts to revitalize shrines in depopulated areas. We will continue to work toward this goal. Modern Japan is one of the world’s most unique character-rich countries, and has developed a unique culture in entertainment such as manga and anime. Since ancient times, it has been a natural circulation culture that has been surrounded by the sea and nurtured in the rich soil where plants grow in the mountains, and is expressed in the folklore and Japanese mythology of various places, including the eight million gods that have arisen from there. We believe that fear of nature and tolerance for diversity, hospitality towards gods that come from far away, and Mitate culture as a yorishiro have been inherited in character designs to this day.
We hope that this partnership between the two institutions will serve as a bridge to further innovate and pass on the inherited Japanese culture to the future, without eradicating it.
Teachers in charge: -Kenichi Watanabe, Visiting Professor, Department of Character Design, Faculty of Art, Kyoto University of the Arts/XPJP CEO and Value Designer -Koji Yano, Head/Professor, Department of Character Design, Faculty of Art, Kyoto University of the Arts Department of Character Design:
https://www.kyoto-art.ac.jp/department/character/
Shrine Main Office https://www.jinjahoncho.or.jp/ (quoted from the website) The Shrine Headquarters was established in 1945, with Ise Jingu as its main sect. Since then, we have strived to promote rituals, flourish shrines, and protect and pass on Japanese tradition and culture. XPJP Co., Ltd. https://xpjp.co.jp/index.html
Company name: XPJP Co., Ltd. Representative director: Kenichi Watanabe Head office: 841 Nikaido, Kamakura, Kanagawa 248-0002 Established: September 25, 2015 Business content: Development of value design strategies and project composition aimed at solving social issues and implementation of creative production and communication activities. Kyoto University of Arts https://www.kyoto-art.ac.jp/
Kyoto University of the Arts is the largest comprehensive art university in Japan, consisting of 10 departments and 24 courses. Through art, we cultivate the skills needed in society. Our
educational goal is to become an “art-based nation” in which students who study art can change society, and we promote art education that places particular emphasis on the relationship between “society and art” in the school curriculum. More than 100 social implementation projects are held each year, in which students use the power of art and design to solve problems faced by companies and local governments. Through group work that transcends academic disciplines and actual work, we cultivate creative artists with social skills.
Address: 2-116 Uryuyama-cho, Kitashirakawa, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto-shi, Kyoto 606-8271 Department composition: 10 departments, 24 courses
(Department of Arts and Crafts, Department of Character Design, Department of Information Design, Department of Product Design, Department of Space Production Design, Department of Environmental Design) Department of Film, Department of Performing Arts, Department of Literary Expression, Department of Children’s Arts) Number of enrolled students: 4,114 (Full-time students of the Faculty of Arts, as of May 2024)
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