Born in Yorkshire, John Dougill first came to Japan in 1986 and to Kyoto in 1994. He has taught in several universities but is now happily employed at Kyoto’s Ryukoku University as professor of British Studies. His fascinating book Kyoto: A Cultural History makes his love for the city clear.
In conversation he explained why he has made Kyoto his home: “It’s a city of one and half million people, full of cultural opportunities and historical associations, yet small enough to cycle around. Within 10 minutes I can be walking on a deeply wooded hill or looking at the bird life on the Kamo river”.
John Dougill is professor of British Studies at Kyoto’s Ryukoku University and the author of Kyoto: A Cultural History, In Search of the Hidden Christians, and Japan’s World Heritage Sites. He is also a contributor to our book, Deep Kyoto: Walks. Each month on Deep Kyoto he will be unveiling for us a little bit of the hidden knowledge he has about this great city’s cultural heritage.
His first post, on the Kamogawa Odori, will be posted tomorrow.