On July 2 (Sunday) the Historical Society at Kōgakkan University sponsored a historical walking tour with 32 faculty and student participants. This year’s theme was “Connecting Japan’s Ancient Past with Its Contemporary Present: ‘The Old Road of Kumano’ (A World Heritage Site).” Christopher Mayo (Associate Professor, Communication Department) and Okada Noboru (Professor Emeritus, History Department) provided English and Japanese information about sites along the route.
By gaining hands-on experience with historical sites in Mie,
participants were able to see the actual sites for themselves, deepen their historical knowledge, and consider issues related to maintaining traditional cultural heritage and sharing information about it in English.
Historical Sites (including ones observed from the bus):
The Ochiai Tomb Mounds, Iwade Castle Ruins and Kayama Site, Ōkasedera Site, Meki Mountain Pass, Shimomise Fortress Ruins, Takihara Shrine, Daikō Shrine, Kumano Kodō Center (Mini lecture, viewing displays, reading historical documents), Onigajō (the caves and the medieval castle), Matsumoto Mountain Pass (walking the Old Road of Kumano),
Hana no Iwaya Shrine (formal worship service), and Owase Shrine (formal worship service)