TUJ Autumn Tea Gathering at Showa Women’s University (昭和女子大にてTUJ秋の茶会を開催)

link: https://tujcomm.wordpress.com/2019/12/20/tuj-autumn-tea-gathering-at-swu/

By Jordanco Sekulovski


During TUJ Community Day celebrations on November 7, the first TUJ Autumn Tea Gathering was held at the Japanese garden gazebo of Showa Women’s University (SWU). In attendance were guests, delegates and trustees from Temple Main Campus in Philadelphia led by Temple University President Richard Englert and Executive Vice President and Provost JoAnne Epps.



Temple University President Richard Englert (right) and Executive Vice President and Provost JoAnne Epps (テンプル大学総長リチャード・イングラート(右)と教務担当副総長・プロボストのジョアンナ・エップス)

The event was held in a Ryūrei (立礼) style tea ceremony or temae, where tea is prepared with the host seated at a special table, and the guests seated at tables which allows for the ceremony to be conducted outdoors. Four successive tea sessions were held where the temae was conducted by the two main hosts, TUJ professors Jordanco Sekulovski and Yaeko Kabe. Assisting were Kyoko Taima and Nao Shibusawa from the Reisenkai Japanese Culture Institute as well as TUJ instructor Mayu Tsuruya and two TUJ students Shoko Kondo and Atsumi Sato. Tea and sweets were served to the guests.

今回の茶会は立礼(りゅうれい)による点前(てまえ)が行われました。ホスト側も、ゲストも屋外開催用の特別なテーブルに着席して開催されました。茶会は四度続けて、点前は2人のメインホスト、TUJ教員のヨルダンチョ・セクロフスキと日部八重子によって行われました。加えて、麗扇会の泰間京子氏と渋沢奈緒氏、またTUJ教員の釣谷真由、TUJ学生の近藤 祥子さんと佐藤惇未さんのお手伝いもあり、ゲストにお茶とお菓子が振る舞われました。

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Each tea ceremony lasted for an hour. Over 50 guests were served matcha powdered tea and seasonal Japanese sweets wagashi with explanations of the Urasenke Tea School history and tea ceremony.

We would like to extend our gratitude to Tina Saunders, director and associate professor of instruction in law at the Law Program at TUJ and Geo Otsu from the Dean’s Office for making this possible and assisting us in preparing for the event. Also, we would like to thank SWU professor Akemi Mineda and staff for their extensive support.

We are hoping that the successful completion of the event will provide an impetus to enrich the cultural offer at TUJ and use this to promote Japanese culture and arts among our faculty and students. We hope this will become a seasonal yearly event.






(翻訳/アカデミック・アドバイジング・センター 藤井 翔太)


As a part of the TUJ Community Day Celebrations, we are organizing a special autumn Tea Gathering at the Showa Women’s University Garden Gazebo taking place on November 7th, 2019.

Place: Showa Women’s University Garden Gazebo

Date & Time:  Thursday, November 07, 2019

Three tea processions will take place:

  1. Temple Main Campus Guests reception                             10:00-11:00 AM
  2. TUJ Staff reception                                                                  11:00-12:00 AM
  3. TUJ Students reception                                                           12:00-01:00 PM

Attire:                                                                                     Bussines/Casual

Number of guests per session:                                                                  15

Tea proceedings (temae) will be done by TUJ instructors Yaeko Kabe and Jordanco Sekulovski. Guests will be served matcha tea and seasonal Japanese sweets wagashi for free as well as receive an explanation of the Urasenke Tea School history and tea procedure.

Note: The number of attendants is limited to 15 per session we thank you for your comprehension

Contact: jsekulovski@tuj.temple.edu; yaekokabe@tuj.temple.edu and mayu.tsuruya@tuj.temple.edu

EVENT VIDEOS from the conference François Laruelle and Non-Standard Philosophy: The Path of Least Resistance

The EASt (East Asian Studies Institute) and ULB – Université libre de Bruxelles conference “François Laruelle and Non-Standard Philosophy: The Path of Least Resistance,” recently published the videos of my keynote speech entitled “Democracy in Thought: Laruelle’s Non-Standard Philosophy” …

… another take is available thanks to the effort made by Etienne Brouzes from ONPhI – Organisation Non-Philosophique Internationale …

… as well as the keynote speech of Anne-Françoise Schmid entitled “The Triptychs of Non-Philosophy” …

… reading of a poem written by François Laruelle himself present at the conference entitled “From the obscure universe into the human foundation of color” …

Many thanks to François Laruelle and Anne-Françoise Schmid for coming to ULB – Université libre de Bruxelles; as well as to Muriel Mambrini-Doudet for reading the poem; Big thanks go to Takeshi Morisato, Pierre Bonneels, Beaudoin Decharneux at EASt_ULB for making this possible as well as the support from Temple University, Japan Campus Temple University, and TUJ Research.

CFP François Laruelle and Non-Standard Philosophy: The Path of Least Resistance


Date: February 8, 2019 – February 9, 2019

Venue: Centre Interdisciplinaire d’Étude des Religions et de la Laïcité (CEIRL), Université Libre de Bruxelles

Avenue Franklin Roosevelt, 17
Bruxelles 1050, Belgium

Keynote speakers:

Anne-Françoise Schmid

Mines Paris Tech

Jordanco Sekulovski 

Temple University Japan

Honorary guest:

François Laruelle


Pierre Bonneels & Takeshi Morisato

Université Libre de Bruxelles


Philosophy or philosophical knowledge functions as a foundational rational core of all modes of thought attempting to envision the real. The paths philosophy undertakes historically embrace a totalizing ambition in the supposed attempt to define, grasp and/or seize the essence of the real. Laruelle’s non-standard philosophical approach offers a new path, one of least resistance that moves away from the pre-established pursuits to grasp and deliver us the real (le Réel). This elusive yet ultimate desire of philosophy defines all forms of (philosophical) thought without exception. Traditional philosophy and metaphysics are in ceaseless pursuit of totality in regard to various practices and modes of production as well as use of knowledge.

Moreover, non-standard philosophy tries to establish what will serve as an underlying principle of democracy in thought. Philosophy re-produces and reasserts itself through the production of knowledge, feeding on its own self-sufficiency while non-standard philosophy tries to liberate knowledge by using its generic potential so that new forms of thought and knowledge can emerge. Philosophy defines, confines, and shapes subjects and objects, non-standard philosophy tries to use the available knowledge in a way that eludes known philosophical constraints. There can not be real democracy without first and foremost instituting a democracy in thought, and this is where non-standard philosophy will be used to provide a future platform and methodology grounded in genericity of knowledge and immanence rather than traditional metaphysics. We need a novel path of least philosophical resistance if we are to achieve these goals.

Submission deadline: Nov 30th, 2018   

Submission guidelines:

Please submit your cv and abstract to Takeshi.Morisato@ulb.ac.be or jsekulovski@tuj.temple.edu. The abstract should be 300-500 words.

All submissions must be in .doc, .docx or .pdf formats and should be prepared for blind review.

Please include in your email the following details: (i) author’s name; (ii) paper title; (iii) word count; (iv) institutional affiliation; and (v) contact information.

Responses to submissions will be sent by December 14th, 2018.

Please send any questions:




TUJ Philosophy Lecture Series Presents: Guest Lecture by David W. Johnson “Watsuji’s Philosophical Anthropology”

You are invited to a lecture on June 27 by David W. Johnson, professor of philosophy at Boston College, USA. This lecture is dedicated to Japanese philosopher Watsuji Tetsurō’s (18891960), vision of being human as an individual and collective way of being. Human beings are given over to an inescapable relation to specific others and to wider social structures. This relational mode of being allows the self to be absorbed into a social whole, as well as to distinguish itself from it as an individual, in a continually oscillating movement of interaction. Human beings are thus both individual and social; they are hybrid beings. In this talk the speaker will provide an explanatory account of this hybrid structure and explain the philosophical significance of the dialectical relation that underpins it: this dialectic and the demands imposed by it provide ethical life with its essential aims and scope.

This TUJ Guest Lecture is organized by Jordanco Sekulovski.

The TUJ Philosophy Lecture Series is a non-profit forum of Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ) for the promotion of critical thinking. The lectures are free, open to the public, and feature speakers from universities around the world. The lecture series is a great way to learn about recent research in philosophy and in the humanities as a whole.

OFFICIAL EVENT WEBPAGE: https://sites.temple.edu/tujphilseries/2018/06/25/tuj-philosophy-lecture-series-presents-a-tuj-guest-lecture-by-david-w-johnson-watsujis-philosophical-anthropology/

  • Where:
    Temple University Japan, Room 206, 2nd floor
    Temple University, Japan Campus 2-8-12 Minami Azabu, Minato-ku Tokyo, Japan 106-0047
  • When
    Wednesday, June 27, 2018 3:45 PM —
    Monday, July 2, 2018 5:30 PM JST
  • Get in Touch
    Jordanco Sekulovski