SOAS University of London

Centre for the Study of Japanese Religions

O-fuda: The Material Culture of Japanese Religious Practice 


Date: 16 May 2012Time: 2:00 PM

Finishes: 18 May 2012Time: 5:00 PM

Venue: The Royal Asiatic Society (14 Stephenson Way)

Type of Event: Workshop

A SOAS Centre for the Study of Japanese Religions &
Royal Asiatic Society joint event

Ofuda are oblong slips of wood, card or paper containing a calligraphic or iconographic representation. Today the latter form, portraying a sacred figure, is best-known and, together with versions enlarged for hanging scrolls, it has been very popular since at least the 18th century. This exhibition is based on a collection of such material that was accumulated by one person in the period ca 1850-1880, and includes related visual material from other sources dating from the 17th century down to the present to demonstrate the wide range of deities and buddhas that have been staples of popular religious life in Japan.

Venue: The Royal Asiatic Society,
14 Stephenson Way, London, NW1 2HD
Nearest Tube: Euston, Euston Square, Warren Street

Exhibition: The Sekimori o-fuda collection

16 May (2pm-5pm)
17 -18 May (10am-5pm)  
Guided Tour:  17 May 11-12am


17 May 2012, 2:00-6:30 pm

Workshop Program
11.00amGuided Tour of the exhibition, led by Gaynor Sekimori
2.00pmWelcome and Introduction by Lucia Dolce (SOAS, University of London)
2.15pmMatthias Hayek (Centre de Recherches sur les Civilisations de l'Asie Orientale, Paris Diderot University): Talismans? Amulets? Holy cards? European Collections of Japanese Ofuda and How to Define Them
3.00pmFusa McLynn (Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford): An Introduction to the Chamberlain Collection
3.45pmTea Break
4.00pmGaynor Sekimori (SOAS, University of London): The Use of Ofuda, from Medieval Times Down to the Present
4.45pmQ&A and round table

The event is free to all and booking is not compulsory, although recommended due to the limited space available. Please confirm your participation or send your enquiries to:

Organiser: Centre for the Study of Japanese Religions - Royal Asiatic Society

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