Book launch Masked Warriors. The Battle Stage of the Samurai.

Masked Warriors provides new insights into the approach of form, function and meaning of Japanese armour masks, or menpō. In this richly illustrated book, Bas Verberk shows how armour masks, while representing a diverse tradition of their own, have connections with the larger Japanese mask culture, especially with nō masks. In fact, Verberk shows, nō masks exerted a much greater influence on the development of armour masks than has previously been understood. The objects displayed in the catalogue section of this …

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Online Booklaunch: ‘Brieven uit Deshima’

The book ‘Brieven uit Deshima’ (‘Letters from Deshima’) contains the complete, original manuscript, scanned, each page accompanied with a typed version, a lot off illustrative old pictures and a palet of information of other sources. In the blog is told about the time before the journey, when the couple met, when Jan Cock first went alone to ‘The East’ and Deshima, to become wealthy enough to marry and where he opposed the English brave. A …

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Buddhist Aspects of Health and Wellness in Premodern Chinese Tea Culture

Buddhist ideas, institutions and individuals were influential in the creation of Chinese tea culture from at least the eighth century onwards. Given that tea was often promoted by Buddhists as an alternative to alcohol, and that it was extolled for its abilities to support strenuous meditation practice, were there particular Buddhist discourses of health and wellness with regard to tea drinking? In this lecture, organized by Studium Generale, Honours Academy Leidenand Humanities Lab, we will explore the surviving …

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Studium Generale | Buddhist Aspects of Health and Welness in Premodern Chinese Tea Culture

Buddhist ideas, institutions and individuals were influential in the creation of Chinese tea culture from at least the eighth century onwards. Given that tea was often promoted by Buddhists as an alternative to alcohol, and that it was extolled for its abilities to support strenuous meditation practice, were there particular Buddhist discourses of health and wellness with regard to tea drinking?   In this lecture, organized by Studium Generale, Honours Academy Leidenand Humanities Lab, we will explore the …

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Film: On The Track Of Robert van Gulik

On The Track Of Robert van Gulik is a documentary quest about one of the most read Dutch writers in the world, Robert van Gulik (1910-1967). This diplomat, author and scholar was a highly versatile man and a connoisseur of Japanese and Chinese languages and cultures. He owes his fame to his detective fiction starring Judge Dee. The filmmaker Rob Rombout follows in his footsteps to discover the author’s legacy in his diaries, the people …

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Special Lecture + Demo: Traditional Korean Martial Arts

The Korean Institute for Martial Arts and the Centre for Korean Studies at Leiden University present a special lecture based on the ancient Korean martial arts manual Muyedobotongji or Comprehensive Illustrated Manual of Martial Arts. This book is considered to be the key to understanding Korean martial arts history. In addition, this class will showcase several practices of the living tradition of classical Korean martial arts by masters of the Korean Demonstration Team.   With …

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Exhibition: Kumikai group| Sumi-e

Kumikai is the name of a group of practitioners of sumi-e. The name means “company around Kumi” and was chosen in memory of her Japanese teacher Kumi Kuwamura. Sumi-e is a relatively unknown painting technique that originates in China, but is further refined in Japan. Sumi-e is the Japanese word for “ink image”. Its basis lies in Zen Buddhism. The first practitioners of sumi-e were monks who devoted themselves to a strict schedule of meditation …

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Exhibition: A Wink to Asia

For this exhibition, students of Sculpture and Ceramics have made a selection of their works of the last two years, with a wink to Asia. Our students from the Masterclass Painting Voorschoten have started with Asia as a starting point. Also the teachers have chosen their own works to be on discplay that are related to the subject. Therefore you have the opportunity to admire the work of Elly van Leeuwen, Jacqueline Petit, Helene Doornebal …

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BplusC | Dr. Rogier Creemers | China: What a challenge!

About the interaction between law, governance and information technology in China and the Chinese political-legal ideology. Rogier Creemers is researcher at the Van Vollenhoven Institute for Law, Management and Society, Faculty of Law at Leiden University   All lectures (except for lectures in Leiderdorp) take place in BplusC, Location Nieuwstraat, starting at 20.00-20.45, free admission.

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