The 6th Roundtable Meeting of
The Asia-Pacific Network for Holistic Education: International Conference
& Doshisha Well-being Center International Forum of
Contemplation Practices in All Levels and Types of Education: Searching for the Meaning of
Conscience in the Age of AI and Globalized Business
27-29 March 2018
Doshisha University, Imadegawa Campus, Kyoto, Japan
Greetings from Kyoto, Japan
We would like to invite you to this special conference and forum to discuss how beauty of our
heart, mind and spirit can blossom, through contemplative practices. This is particularly
important when we face unprecedented technological advancement, such as AI, and
dominating power of globalization, especially in business. To this conference, we would like
to invite scholars and practitioners who are interested in holistic and contemplative practices
in education of various forms; that is, formal and/or informal, or of various levels including
pre-school to higher education. We plan to invite organizations from U.S. and other western
countries for the International Forum, so the conference and the forum are also a venue for East
and West to meet at the ancient city, Kyoto. We are hoping to come up with a publication, most
likely a book, out of this conference and the forum.
Late March is the beginning of a cherry blossom season in Kyoto, and it is the most beautiful
period of the year. The cherry blossoms, when full bloom, make us realize mystic power of
nature, including us human beings, wishing for blossoming. Therefore, this is the best time and
place, we believe, to discuss what the contemplative practices can bring to us.
We would like to make this gathering as a venue for exchange ideas and practices. We would
like to welcome you to Kyoto, to contemplate, discuss and appreciate the beauty of nature and
Chair, Mari Iizuka, Ph.D.
Professor, Doshisha University, Graduate School of Business
Director, Doshisha University, Well-being Research Center
Vice-Chair, Yoshiharu Nakagawa, Ph.D.
Professor, Doshisha University, Faculty of Social Studies
27 March, 2018 (Tuesday)
13:00-17:00 Afternoon Session
Venue: Neiseikan Conference Room, Neiseikan 5F
28 March, 2018 (Wednesday)
Doshisha Well-being Center International Forum of Contemplative Education
Sponsored by Doshisha University Well-being Research Center
Omron Research Project (Doshisha University Graduate School of Business)
All the participants join this international forum. This forum is open to public.
10:00-12:00 Keynote Sessions with Japanese translations
12:00-13:20 Lunch break
13:30-17:30 Keynote Sessions with Japanese translations
Venue: Hardy Hall, Kanbaikan BF1.
18:00 Dinner at Second House Will, Kanbaikan 7F.
29 March, 2018 (Thursday)
9:00-12:00 Morning Session
Venue: Neiseikan Conference Room, Neiseikan 5F.
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Call for Papers (Due February 15):
We have sessions for presentations on 27th and 29th. If you are interested in presenting your
paper (language: English), please send title and abstract (200-300 words) with your registration
form. You can select presentation time between 30 minutes or 60 minutes.
Title of paper:
Select time: 30 min or 60 min
100 US dollar or 11000 JPY (cash only)
Fee includes welcome dinner on 28th.
You can bring and pay the fee at the registration table on 27th March.
Doshisha University, Imadegawa Campus, Karasuma-Higashi-iru, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto-City,
Japan. Doshisha University is located in the central Kyoto and easy to access from any part of
University Web Site:
We would like to ask you all to stay at hotels. Please make reservation as soon as possible by
yourself. Hotels near Kyoto City Subway stations (Martamachi, Oike, Shijo, Gojyo, Kyoto)
are recommended for Doshisha University is just by Imadegawa station. Especially, hotels near
Oike and Shijo stations are in the heart of downtown. If it is difficult to find a hotel, you can
try guest house (Japanese style house stay).
Kyoto City Official Travel Guide: https://kyoto.travel/en
Kyoto Travel Guide: https://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2158.html
Kyoto Garden Palace (walking distance)
Kyoto Heian Hotel (walking distance)
Kyoto City Hotel (walking distance)
The Palace Side Hotel (near Martamachi station)
Kyoto Brighton Hotel (good hotel but a bit far from Martamachi station)
Noku Kyoto (near Martamachi station)
Hotel Monterey Kyoto (near Oike station)
Mitsui Garden Hotel Kyoto Sanjo (near Oike station)
Hearton Hotel Kyoto (near Oike station)
Hotel Rejoice Stay Kyoto Karasuma Oike (near Oike station)
Kyoto Garden Hotel (near Oike station)
Hotel Monterey Kyoto (near Oike station)
Via Inn Kyoto Shijo Muromachi (near Shijo station)
Daiwa Roynet Hotel Kyoto Shijo Karasuma (near Shijo station)
Toyoko Inn (near Shijo station)
Hotel Check In Shijo Karasuma (near Shijo station)
Karasuma Kyoto Hotel (near Shijo station)
Hotel Nikko Princes Kyoto (near Shijo station)
Aranvert Hotel Kyoto (near Gojo station)
Daiwa Roynet Hotel Kyoto Ekimae (near Kyoto station)
Kyoto Century Hotel (near Kyoto station)
Hotel New Hankyu Kyoto (near Kyoto station)
Hotel Granvia Kyoto (Kyoto station hotel)
New Miyako Hotel (near Kyoto station, south side)
Ibis Styles Kyoto Station (near Kyoto station, south side)
Hotel Keihan Kyoto Grande (near Kyoto station, south side)
The nearest international airport is Kansai International Airport (KIX).
Transportation from Kansai International Airport to Kyoto:
JR express train Haruka goes to Kyoto station (80 min)
Airport Limousine bus goes to Kyoto station (90 min)
Shuttle taxi service directly goes to hotels (100-120min). You need booking by at least 3
days before your flight.
MK Skygate Shuttle: https://www.mktaxi-japan.com/kyotoshuttle
Yasaka Kansai Airport Shuttle: http://www.yasaka.jp/english
Kansai International Airport Web Site:
The nearest domestic airport is Itami Airport. If you fly to Narita International Airport or
Haneda International Airport, it is possible for you to have a transit flight from Narita or
Haneda to Itami.
Shuttle taxi service from Itami Airport: MK Skygate Shuttle (60 min)
If you have questions, please feel free to contact me.
Yoshi Nakagawa (vice-chair)