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European Music Meets Japanese Culture: a Lecture on the Essence of the Funeral Culture in Japan

Saturday 8 April 2023
Museum Volkenkunde
Steenstraat 1
2312 BS Leiden
Lecture Hall

This program presents musical works related to funeral rites and religious culture in Japan and Europe with a short lecture introducing funereal culture in Japan, focusing on the Shingon Buddhist tradition.

The music program includes

Tairakeku Yasurakeku  (Harpsichord and Shinobue): Yayoi Ota
Kiku (Shinobue and Tanka recitation):  Yoshihiro Karino
Tombeau de M. de Blancrocher: Louis Couperin (1626-1661)
Lament pour Ferdinand IV, Ré de Romani: Johann Jakob Froberger (1616-1667)
"Un bel di, vedremo" from "Madama Butterfly": Giacomo Puccini (1858-1924)

Abstract of lecture

When a person passes away, conducting a funeral to pray for the dead has been a worldwide custom since ancient times. In Japan, it is common to invite Buddhist priests to conduct a funeral rite even nowadays. This presentation discusses the general features of Buddhists’ view of life and death referring to other religions such as Christianity and Hinduism. Subsequently, it will consider the features and significance of the funeral rites in the Shingon tradition. For this purpose, it will be demonstrated how funeral rites in Shingon Buddhism are actually performed, considering Shingon’s view of life and death.

Speaker and artists

Shinko (Nobuyuki) Suzuki (Shingon Buddhist Priest): Talk & Shinobue (Japanese flute)
Noriko Amano: Harpsichord (Clavecimbel)

How to register

You can register to the lecture by filling in this Google Form
Or send an e-mail to: yokobue.suzuki@gmail.com


General €10
Students €5

*Ticket prices do not include admission to the Museum's exhibits. If you wish to see the exhibits, please pay the admission fee separately at the reception.

Admission prices of the museum

Adults (19 years and older)    € 15,00
Children (from 6 up to and including 18 years old)     € 6,00
Children (up to and including 5 years old)    Free
CJP*    € 9,00
Students*    € 10,00
Students Leiden University*    Free
Museumcard*    Free
Bankgiro Loterij VIP-KAART*    Free
ICOM, Vereniging Rembrandt*    Free 

* Discount or free entrance only on presentation of the relevant discount and/or student card. This card must be physically presented. Digital variants are not accepted.

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