The Kanji “道” (“Michi”) means path. In old days, Japanese people sought spirituality and philosophy in ordinary things they did. Viewing the path or process for mastering them as “道”, they incorporated the kanji in naming a variety of paths: “茶道” (tea ceremony), “華道” (flower arrangement), “香道” (incense burning), “武道” (martial arts), “衣紋道” (dressing arts), etc. In the tea ceremony, for example, we pay attention to each of their own actions that lead to tea-drinking. Doing so turns tea-drinking into something special for the drinker as well as the server.
Learning the “道” starts with imitating models that have been formed over the years. Practicing through the imitation is a traditional Japanese way of learning spirituality and philosophy underlying the models.
The “道” (“Michi”) Program at Aichi Bunkyo University offers opportunities to learn the Japanese spirituality and philosophy through lectures and the actual imitation of models. No other places cover a wide variety of Japanese cultures ranging from traditional ones to contemporary pop cultures.
You will be on the “道” for learning the authentic Japanese cultures.