New Books from Japan #7: “Destruction and Renewal at the Ise Shrines”


Friday, June 21, 2024 | 9:00-10:30 PM JST | 8:00-9:30 AM EDT | 1:00-2:30 PM BST


New Books from Japan #7:
Destruction and Renewal at the Ise Shrines

Presenter: Jordan Sand (Georgetown University)
Discussant: 高木博志 (Hiroshi Takagi, Institute for Research in Humanities, Kyoto University)

Ise Grand Shrine has often drawn praise in recent years for the elegant simplicity of its buildings, but in fact was a much more extravagant monument in earlier eras, and the austere reenshrinement ceremonies we see today are an invention of the modern period. Spanning an unprecedented timeframe from the ancient Yamato period to the present day, this wide-ranging historical study reconsiders the fundamental nature of the reenshrinement and reconstruction ceremonies of the Ise Shrine(s) in the context of Japan’s shifting political and material cultures.

※Discussion will also include Hiroshi Takagi’s Modern Imperial System and Traditional Culture (Iwanami Shoten, 2024).



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