Please note that particular contents may be subject to change according to preferences of the respective lecturer.To get a better understanding of past ISJP activities, see also our report of previous semesters.
Students who want to attend the entire ISJP Program should follow the proper application procedure.
Students in the Kansai area who want to participate only in selected courses apply directly (PDF, 34 kB) at the NCC Study Center.Participation fee per course (10 weeks): ¥10.000
(students of K-GURS: ¥8.000) Shinto
Folk (minzoku) shinto, sect (kyoha) shinto, shrine (jinja) shinto, state (kokka) shinto; shrine buildings and precincts, festivals (matsuri), social organizations (ujigami, ujiko), mythology, Izumo and Ise, basic concepts such as deities (kami) and evil beings (tengu), ritualists and rituals, etc.
Introduction of Buddhism to Japan; history, teaching and practice of the different Buddhist schools during the Nara period (Kegon, Hosso, etc.), Heian period (Saicho and Tendai), Kamakura period (Pure Land: Honen and Jodo-shu; Zen: Eisai and Rinzai-shu; Nichiren and Nichiren-shu), Buddhism during Muromachi and Edo periods.Special topics such as Buddhism and the state, amalgamation of Buddhism and Shinto, social organizations (danka seido, etc.), Buddhist personalities, etc. Japanese New Religions
Meiji period: Shinto derived: Tenri-kyo.
Foreign mission to Japan in the 16/17th and 19/20th century; Japanese church history: formation of denominations, forced union in the United Church of Christ (Kyodan) during WW II, and restructuring thereafter, Christian social engagement, Mukyo-kai (Non-Church movement), Japanese indigenous churches (Makuya, Iesu no Mitama Kyokai, etc.), special topics: problems of indigenization (Gospel and culture), funeral services and ancestor veneration, Christian weddings, etc.Theology of Religions
Inclusivistic (Karl Rahner, etc.), exclusivistic (Karl Barth, etc.), pluralistic (John Hick, Paul Knitter, etc.), and other approaches (R.Panikkar, John Cobb, Jacques Dupuis, etc.), Asian (Indian and Japanese) contributions, etc.Reading Classic Japanese Buddhist Texts
A specialist will read together with the students an important Buddhist text and explain it (e.g. Honens Senchaku-shu, Shinrans Tanni-sho, Dogens Shobo genzo, Nishitanis What is Religion?, etc.)Introduction to Basic Japanese language
Basic introduction to Japanese for beginners.Exposure Program
Parallel to the classes, weekly fieldtrips to sacred places of various religions will be offered and dialogue meetings with their representatives will be arranged.The fall semester also includes a one-week trip to Tokyo sponsored by Tomisaka Christian Center.