Talk: “Hawai'i Nikkei Community: Studies on Jodo Mission Bon Dance”

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Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm


Wist Hall, Room 131 UHM College of Education 1776 University Ave Honolulu, HI 96822

Please join this sharing session with our international visiting scholar Sunao Goto of Bukkyo University (Japan) on Thursday, September 21st from 3 – 4:30pm in Wist 131 where he will share some of the findings from his research conducted here during his time as a visiting scholar at our College. Goto-sensei is hosted by Dr. Sarah Twomey, Director of the College's EdD program.


Hawai'i Nikkei Community: Studies on Jodo Mission Bon Dance

There are about 100 different occasions every summer that temples host Bon dances, which are part of Japanese Buddhist custom to honor one’s ancestors, throughout the islands of Hawaii. Bon dances are usually open to the entire communities though; this is rather a family-oriented activity that is passed down through the generations amongst the Nikkei. This 30-minute presentation briefly talks about the sustainable system in Nikkei tradition, in case of Bon Dances.

About Sunao Goto:

Goto-sensei is a Professor at the School of Education, Bukkyo University, Kyoto.  His research is aimed at realizing the inclusive elementary education with its emphasis on curriculum development for heterogeneous classrooms.  Some of the courses he teaches at the university include: Teaching for Equity/Social Justice, Designing Curriculum/Instruction, and Student Teaching.  Starting from 2018, he will be conducting research on education and community development in a university neighborhood where “burakumin” as well as “zainichi” reside.

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