December 29, 2013

The International Event in Koyasan 2013

  The International Event in Koyasan 2013 was held on November 15th-17th.
This event was organized by KCCN in order to promote mutual understandings and cross-cultural communications between Japanese and foreign residents in Japan. It was our great pleasure to have ten excellent speakers and three wonderful musicians for this event. After all, the event has achieved a remarkable success with a lot of positive messages from the audience. With the help of so many people dealing with the international exchange programs, the event went off very well. I deeply appreciate your kind supports and cooperation.


15th November 
Meet at a temple == Visit Daishi Kyokai for the religious ritual, “Ojukai” == Visit Kongobuji & Garan.

Making Juzu (prayer’s beads) was one of the unique programs taking us to a journey to ourselves. The process was very simple, however, it was a precious moment to reflect on our life – past and future, of course bright future, I hope.

16th November
“Speech & Performance” was held at “Reimei-kan,” the auditorium in the Koyasan University.  The program consists of two parts: Japanese speech and Musical performance.

 

*Opening: The hall was echoed with the solemnly sound of Buddhist chant called “Shomyo,” which is a style of Japanese Buddhist chant, used mainly in the Buddhist ceremonies. Ten Budhsit monks performed the one that Kukai had brought to Japan from China in 806. 


*The first stage: Each one of the ten speakers from eight different countries (America, Brazil, China, Germany, Korea, Philippine, Spain, Sweden) made a speech in Japanese. They are foreign residents living in Japan. Some have been in Japan for more than ten years, some have just come to Japan two months ago.  Regardless of nationality and career, their messages were impressive enough to move the audience.


◆Here are some comments from the Japanese speakers. 


①    My Treasure. What I cherish the most.
Aron Freidus (America)

 I would first like to sincerely thank you and all the members of KCCN for the wonderful event on Saturday that you all clearly worked so hard to prepare. I hope that myself and the other speakers were not too much of a burden.
→Read more


② A Trip to Koyasan
   Jofferson Gonzales (Philippine)

Located in Wakayama, Japan, Koya-san is the place for he who loves Buddhist temples and beautiful scenery. I was there and I loved it.
→Read more


③ Report on my stay at Koyasan
Heiko Lang (Germany)

 I was generously invited by the KCCN to Koyasan, in order to deliver a speech at the symposium “What I wish to share – my treasure”.   →Read more

④ My Treasure. What I cherish the most.
Paula  (Spain)

 This year's Koyasan Speech Forum topic was My Treasure. 
What I cherish the most.     →Read more

⑤ My Treasure. What I cherish the most.
  Pohl Marcus (Germany)

 First of all, I have to thank you so much. When I left Koya-San I really was ashamed of all the good impressions you gave me just for so little amount of work I had to put in. I was overwhelmed of so much hospitality and I think, this is a main aspect of Japanese culture, because I got such experiences also from other Japanese people.     →Read more

⑥ My Treasure. What I cherish the most.
「3年前」を踏まえて、「これから」を考える

東京大学情報学環・学際情報学府
ソンジュンウ

  今回は素敵な交流の場に参加させていただき、大変ありがとうございました。高野山は3年ぶりですが、訪ねるたびに貴重な経験を通じで自分を省みる機会を頂いております。KCCNの皆様と関係機関の方々にお礼申し上げます。     
  →Read more




*The second stage: Three musicians performed respectively.
Alpa by Ms. Maruta, Chinese Biwa by Ms. En Yoh, and Hammer Dulcimer by Mr.Daisuke Inaoka. They not only performed the traditional musical instruments, but also explained about the origins of the instruments.
Finally, we were fascinated by beautiful ensemble of the three. 



◆Alpa (Paraguai harp) by Ms. Etsuko Maruta. http://www.marutita.com
◆Chinese Biwa(Lute) by Ms. En Yoh.
◆Hammer Dulcimer (the original form of the piano today) by Mr. Daisuke Inaoka.  http://www.inaokadaisuke.net/

17th November:
 


We left the temple early in the morning to go on a field trip to the forest. By way of Okunoin, we proceeded to the forest. It was a great experience for us to have a meditation practice in the forest. Listening to the birds and leaves trembling in the wind, the fresh air helped us refresh our body and mind.

(Afterword) Filing the documents, every comment I read encouraged me a lot. I really appreciate you all. I hope this event develop into the annual event in Koyasan.   I wish you good luck and a happy new year.

With a lot of love,
Noriko M.



Photo Albums is  Here


June 5, 2012

[International Event in Kudoyama and Koyasan, 2012]

4th through 6th May, International Event was held in Kudoyama and Koyasan to promote mutual understandings between Japanese and foreigners living in Japan.




 ← Program(1)





Program(2)→








 On the first day,
"Speech & Performance" was held in Kudoyama.The nine speakers from eight different countries talked about the differences between their own cultures and the Japanese. They made speeches in fluent Japanese. It was a great help for the audience to understand them, also it brought them all the closer to each other. After the speech, we were fascinated by the beauty of the authentic performances; Traditional Indian Music, Opera duet, Chinese Biwa and Korean Dancing.  The performances were dynamic and elegant, and more than impressive. Here again, I'd like to express my gratitude to all of the participants including Shiide-Onimai, the demon dancing performed by the local people as an opening attraction.




The next day, fifteen foreign residents took part in the procession of the traditional Samurai Parade, SANADA MATSURI.

After the parade, we went to Koyasan to stay in a Buddhist temple. Having meditation, enjoying vegetarian cuisine, having a lecture about Buddhism, making Juzu beads, joining in the morning service early in the morning, and walking tour. Needless to say, all of the experiences in Koyasan are the perfect lesson to introduce Japanese culture, I believe. I hope this program will be a help to enrich cross-cultural communication.

Photo Albums is  Here


Here are some of the reports from the participants of the event.

Report from  Arifin Zainal
First of all, I would like to gratitude KCCN for providing the three days remarkable activity. This was the first time I experienced the Japanese culture in such a close distance.
The Primary places of whole schedule can be concluded into Kudoyama  Presentation and Show, Sanada Residence Sightseeing, Kudokawa Host Family Domicile, Sanada Festival Parade, and Koyasan Buddhist Life Observe.
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Report form Didy Kupanhy

Report from Angelica Lim




April 11, 2012

KCCN 春の高野山



春の高野山


気持ちのいい晴天に恵まれた4月8日、KCCN主催「春の高野山」が開催されました。花祭り、阿字観、精進料理、お茶会などの盛り沢山の内容に、日本の伝統と文化にふれたいと、総勢25名が期待に胸を膨らませて、金剛峯寺前に集合。まずは、
白馬から、金剛峯寺の概要を聞き、見学の歩をすすめました。

中に入った時、ちょうど、花祭りの法会がすんだところで、赤い袈裟衣の法印さんと紫衣姿の座主さんの退場を、そこに居合わせた者は皆、手を合わせて、お見送り。それだけで、なにかご利益をもらったような気がするから不思議です。その後、お接待の甘茶をいただきました。なんと美味しいこと!甘茶というお茶の葉があって、高野山の店で買うこともできるそうです。

大広間、柳の間、守屋多々志画伯作の襖絵の説明・・知っていたつもりの豆知識も、修行された僧侶の目から見た説明には、目を見張るものがありました。
たとえば、豊臣秀次の切腹は、殺生を禁じる高野山では異例のことであったとか、襖絵のテーマは「にっとうぐほう」(入唐求法)であり、名もなき日本の僧だった空海が、中国を去る時は多くの見送りの人々が見えるとか、襖絵は弘法大師の目から見た風景であるとか、「虚往実帰」の額の説明等々、目のつけどころが違います。ガイドの時の説明の仕方に、大いに参考になりました。

そんな白馬氏による「阿字観体験」もまた、素晴らしいものでした。
普段は入れない阿字観道場に続く廊下を渡り、小さいながら厳粛な雰囲気を漂わせる室内に足を踏み入れます。でも、そこは、煩悩人の集まりで、「イヤア寒いなあ」「足を伸ばしてもいい?」と言いたい放題。ひざ掛け、ざぶとんを貸してくださり、立ち上がったり、頭を床につけたりなど、仏さまへの挨拶の仕方を教わり、瞑想の目的や意味、また、サンスクリット語の「ア」の意味などの説明を受けました。そして「数息観」「阿息観」の極意を実践したのです。
真似事ながら、しばしの瞑想は、私の心の深部に静かに入り込み、ざわざわした日常や心情から、解き放されたような気がしました。

阿字観道場を出た、その後も、奥書院、上壇の間、土室の間、台所と、白馬氏の楽しい説明が続き、久しぶりに入った金剛峯寺を満喫しました。
お釈迦様誕生時の「唯我独尊」の像に甘茶をかけるのも面白い体験でした。




ちょうど、お昼時。お腹がすいたところで、私達は普門院へ移動。そこで、精進料理をいただきます。
一の膳には、天ぷら、ゴマ豆腐、酢の物、ご飯、味噌汁、漬物。二の膳には、色よく並べられた煮物類や小鉢、ぐつぐつと湯気をたてる鍋、そしてデザートと揃えられていて、本当に美味しそうです。
春らしいふきのとう、干し柿の天ぷら。高野豆腐やこんにゃく、生麩、ゆば、くこのみ・・・どの料理も繊細で、本当に美味しくて、私は完食。お腹一杯になって大満足でした。実は、お喋りしながらガツガツ食べてしまって、(ご飯、お代わりの人もあり(笑))松山さんの解説、精進料理の「五味五色」をじっくりと味わうことは、なかったのですが、改めて意味を理解し勉強になりました。

普門院は、小堀遠州が作庭したと言われる名庭園も魅力です。そして、本格的な茶室もあるのです。食後、私達は庭園鑑賞を楽しんだ後、茶室の待合所へ案内されました。そこで、なんとサプライズで、和歌山在住の瓦野 早紀子さんの二胡演奏を聴くことができたのです。気さくなお人柄の瓦野さんは、中国の伝統楽器、二胡の説明を交えながら、私達のリクエストにも快く応じてくださり、風林火山やダッタン人の踊り、花、などなど次々と演奏して下さって、異文化に接する機会を持つことができました。独特な音色を出す二胡を、まじかに見たのは初めてで、竹と馬のしっぽで出来た弓と、へびの皮を張った本体がくっついているのが面白い。バイオリンなどの西洋楽器とちがうところです。


(瓦野さんのプロフィールと二湖の演奏会について)

最後のイベントが、本格的茶室での、お茶会です。人数が多かったので、3グループに分かれて、お抹茶を頂いたのですが、3グループ目の私達は、気心の知れたメンバーばかりで、ちょっと笑いすぎた観も。小さなにじり口に笑い、作法の不器用さに笑い・・そんな中、城野さんのお手前は、さすがに凛として、優雅で素晴らしかったと思います。ほんわかと包み込むような笑顔の城野さんに、茶室でのいろんなことを学び、美味しい和菓子とおうすで、和気あいあいとしたお茶体験でした。お世話くださった方々の着物や所作に、日本のよさを改めて感じ、当たり前で何気なく見過ごしてしまいがちな日本文化の何たるかを学び、少しでも何かを伝えられるような人になりたいと思いました。

本日のイベント「春の高野山」に参加された方々は、きっと満足され、またお世話くださった方々は、充実感と達成感も味わわれているのではと思います。私は、ただただ感謝の気持ちで一杯になりました。ありがとうございました。

December 11, 2011

「KCCN 冬の企画」にご参加頂いた皆様

12月3日開催の「KCCN 冬の企画」にご参加頂いた皆様
ありがとうございました。

来年も引き続き 四季折々の高野山の魅力を味わって頂ける内容で企画を提供していきたいと考えています。
今後ともよろしくお願い致します。
今回参加出来なかった方も、次回のご参加を心よりお待ちしています。
ありがとうございました。

以下、頂いたご意見の一部をご紹介させていただきます。

阿字観について


・瞑想体験では自分をみつめられました。

・瞑想体験は初めてでしたが、今後も機会を頂きたいです。

・瞑想体験は初めてだったので、時間もちょうどよかったです。

・瞑想は一度では習得できないので、機会があればまたしたいと思います。

・瞑想の時、目の前にお軸をおいてもらったのでイメージしやすくてとてもよかったです。

・高野山に住んでいても、瞑想は初体験でした。普段は時間的余裕がありません。

・もっと続けて瞑想したかった。

・途中の説明を短くして、体験時間をもっと長くして欲しい。

精進料理について
・精進料理は家庭的でよかったです。

・本当に心をこめて作られたものであることが伝わってきてとても美味しかったです。

・食事等があったので他の参加者と話しやすくてよかったです。

・お寺に依って、季節に依って違いが楽しめます。

 特別講義について

・特別講義のお話は、知ってるようで知らないことでした。
・分りやすい講義で、より身近な内容でよかったです。
・高野山ならではの話題で興味深かったです。
・居眠りすることなく、あっという間に楽しいときが過ぎてしまいました。
・山口先生の 高野百景 を購入しようと思います。
・「新 高野百景」を持っているので、また別の本も読もうと思います。
・特別講義に心が癒されました。

 茶話会について

・風流なお茶室でお手前を頂けて感激しました。
・いろいろな質問に答えて頂いたり教えて頂いて楽しかったです。

 全般的な意見

・心地よい時間を過ごさせて頂きました。
・師走の忙しい時に大変有意義な一日を過ごせました。ありがうございました。感謝感謝です。
・素晴しい企画をありがとうございました。お話を伺え「高野山」が近く感じられるようになりました。
・貴重な企画に参加させて頂きありがとうございました。


ご協力頂いた山口先生、報恩院の皆様、白馬師、ありがとうございました。

KCCN 代表 松山典子

October 28, 2011

Thank you very much for your participation

KCCN offers Wednesday Tours from April to October with the fee of 1000 yen per person.
Your donation covers both your transportation on the tour and the guides' transportation to and from Koyasan.
Unfortunately Japan has had a hard time on tourism because of many natural disaster and the accident of Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant.


So many foreign tourists cancel their trip to Japan even here about 700km away from Fukushima.

We conclude Wednesday Tours of 2011 but we're still offering the Custom Tour which is planned out just for you depend on your itinerary and the interest any days of the year.
So if you ever come to Koyasan, please feel free to ask us. With our guiding you can enjoy Koyasan a lot more.

We're looking forward to seeing you anytime.

By KCCN staff

Rice Cake Scatter

In autumn in Koyasan, you may see many people gathering with some plastic bags or with a big apron spreading in front of the shrines. They are waiting for rice cake being scattered.
Appreciating the autumn harvest, they offer their harvest (mainly the products made of rice) in front of the shrine and share the great joy of the harvest.
So once you meet this occasion, why don't you try to join.
But I'm afraid you may be very surprised to see Japanese people having waited quietly for a long time suddenly changed into wild crowds only getting some rice cake.
Please protect yourself from excited Japanese who scramble for rice cake.(by KQ)

August 28, 2011

MEDITATION PRACTICE (ENGLISH)

September : Special Program


SEPTEMBER 7 (WED) 10:00~11:30 / 13:30~15:00
PLACE : DAISHI KYOKAI BUILDING

Introductory Meditation for beginners
MEDITATION & TALKING ABOUT BUDDHISM
BY A BUDDHIST MONK OF KOYASAN SHINGON BUDDHISM

ANYONE IS WELCOME IN THIS PROGRAM WITH
JPY2 ,000 PER PERSON

RESERVATION: 090- 1 486- 2 588
mail@koyasan-ccn.com

August 4, 2011

FREE GUIDED TOUR in English

August 13th

① Kongobuji & Garan tour for one hour.
Tours start every 30 minutes from 9:00 to 14:30
② Okunoin tour for two hours.
Tours start 9:30 13:30

*Meet at VIC ( the Visitor Information Center),
in the Daishi Kyokai building

Phone: 0736-56-2270 / 090-3263-5184


CANDLE FESTIVAL
( Okunoin Manto-kuyo-e)
19:00 Opening Ceremony at Ichi-no-hashi
19:00 Candles can be given for free at Okunoin
20:00 Magnificent ceremony at Lantern Hall in Okunoin

**=*=*= NOTICE =*=*=*
1. Smoking is strictly prohibited in the holy site of Okunoin,
including the approaches to the Kobo Daishi’s Mausoleum.

2. Please refrain from wearing temple-issued Yukata, or nightwear,
on entering the holy site of Okunoin.

3. Place the lighted candles on the aluminum foils along the approach.

4. The last bus bound for Koyasan Station leaves Okunoin-mae at 9:10,
which connects to the last cable car.

5. The last cable car leaves Koyasan Station at 9:40,
which connects to the last train bound for Namba Osaka.


! Don’t miss the last bus and the last train to Namba, Osaka!

June 7, 2011

AOBA-MATSURI FESTIVAL

AOBA-MATSURI FESTIVAL
Let’s Celebrate Kobo Daishi’s Birthday!


June 15 (Wed) FESTIVITY

9:00 Buddhist Service < Place: The main hall in Daishi Kyokai >
* Kobo Daishi Kukai was born in Sanuki Province (Kagawa prefecture in Shiokoku island) on June 15th,774. In order to celebrate his birth, this ceremony has been carried on every June 15th as an annual event of Koyasan, since 1778.
10:00, 11:00, 14:00 Gagaku
(Traditional Court Music) performed by Kanagawa Gagaku Club
< Place: Kongobuji >
11:40 Song of Prayer 
12:00 Wakayama Police Marching Band  
12:00 #1. Marching band
by Koyasan Elementary School Students
< From Ichinohashi to Kongobuji, or to Daishi Kyokai >
#2. Hanamido < Starat from Ichinohashi to Kongobuji >

* Hanamido is a small portable altar that enshrines Kobo Daishi in his infancy.
The procession of Hanamido parades along the main street together with other
decorative floats. The processional performance includes dancing and drumming as well.
Anyone can join in the “Local Dancing Team”

14:00 #3. Greetings < Parking lot in front of Kongobuji >
・ The Most Reverend Yukei Matsunaga,
the 412th Chief Abbot of Koyasan Shingon Buddhism
・ Takeji Kise, a Mayor of Koya Town

EXHIBITION & SERVICES
9:00 Exhibition of Calligraphy, Photographs and Paintings of Buddhist art
< Place: Shinbetsuden in Kongobuji >
Flower Arrangement Display
< Place: Betsuden in Kongobuji >
9:00 Tea Ceremony < Place: Okuden in Kongobuji >
* Open to the public. Tea is served for free.
9:00 Performance of Flower Arrangement & Tea Ceremony
< Place: Daishi Kyokai >

(( Admission to Kongobuji is free on June 15th ))

June 1, 2011

Not An Umbrella Stand


When you visit Koyasan, you may see this kind of stone stands at the entrance of temples.
In this rainy season, you are afraid of your umbrellas taken away by somebody by mistake and try to find the place where you leave your umbrella safely.
But do not put your umbrella in this stand.
This is not a trash can or the umbrella stand but is only set for keeping Kongozue, the special cane which pilgrims are carrying when they travel around Shikoku, the pilgrimage path.
So this stand should be kept clean and nothing else can be put and I hope you'll show your respect for that.

(By KQ)