2023 June’s Special Open Lecture by TC Institute “Japan’s ‘Islamic Art’ and Chuta Ito”

“Japan’s ‘Islamic Art’ and Chuta Ito”

Mosque ー Qīngzhēnsì
Something is interesting about the mosque or Islamic prayer hall.
Since it recognizes in Islam only one incorporeal God and the founder Muhammad is considered its representative, there is no altar or statue in the prayer hall.
The believers only worship in the direction of Mecca in Arabia and only place a niche on the wall to indicate the direction of this Mecca. Mosques all over the world always have their niches facing Mecca, and hundreds of millions of believers all over the world pray all at once toward Mecca. This is the worldwide greatness of Islam. ……

Chuta Ito “From My Manga Book” Jitsugyo no Nihonsha, 1922. National Diet Library Digital Collections

Architect Chuta Ito is said to have coined the word “建築 – architecture.” Dr. Miyuki Aoki Girardelli, who has long been based in Turkiye and has specialized in art history research and is known for her book “明治の建築家 伊東忠太 オスマン帝国をゆく”, will give us a lecture on this theme.

Lecturer: Miyuki Aoki Girardelli (Asst. Prof. of Istanbul Technical University)
Date: June 24 (Sat) 13:00 ~ 14:30
Place: Tokyo Camii Annex B1F Ertuğrul Hall
Language: Japanese

From daily life in Turkiye to an introduction to Ottoman art, click here for Dr. Aoki’s “Istanbul Dayori(’Letter from Istanbul’)”.