Join Julia Sapin (Asian and Pacific Art History) and Seiko Atsuta Purdue (Fibers/Fabrics) from Western’s Department of Art and study both traditional and contemporary Japanese culture focusing on Kyoto, Tokyo, and Fukui.
This global learning experience introduces students to a vast array of Japanese culture. The sites visited encompass a broad range of Japanese history; we will visit sites such as Sanzen-in Temple, dating back a millennium, as well as contemporary galleries and museums like the Mori Museum in Tokyo and Gallery Gallery in Kyoto. Sites visited include well-known areas in Tokyo and Kyoto, as well as less well-known and less often visited sites such as Fukui. Given the instructors’’ broad knowledge of and previous experience in Japan, we hope students will develop a well-informed perspective of Japan as a culture that has many historical highlights as well as many contemporary features of interest.
This on-site study introduces students to both traditional and contemporary Japanese culture in Tokyo, Kyoto, Hiroshima and Fukui. Students will visit historical sites including Himeji Castle and Itsukushima Shrine, as well as artists’ studios, markets and a university. They will also have hands-on experience with natural dyeing, papermaking and the Japanese “tea ceremony.”