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Descending into a temple complex (Onomichi, Japan)

Japan

Technology and tradition on an island with a culture all its own

Hiroshima provided the perfect backdrop for students to contrast history and progress in a land known as much for its devotion to technology as to tradition. In classrooms at Hiroshima International School students studied mathematical probability in relation to the city’s many gaming and vending machines, created videos to help foreigners acculturate to the nation’s cultural and practical mores, and enjoyed history lessons at the reconstructed Hiroshima Palace, where whispers of feudal times echo through the heavily fortified walls. 

For part of this term we explored the old capital of Kyoto — a city that has been left largely unscathed by the ravages of war. There we had the opportunity to visit Nijō Castle, one of seventeen historic monuments in Kyoto that have been certified as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. We also set sail on the Hozugawa River for a two hour scenery-laden boat ride concluding in the Arashiyama area, where we were able to visit the holy Tenryuji Temple and Sagano Bamboo Forest. The Women’s Association of Kyoto instructed us on the proper way to roll sushi, and a trip to Gion Corner provided an insightful look into seven traditional performing arts, including Kyogen comedy, Kyomai dance, and Gagaku imperial court music.

The highlight of the trip for some of our students was an hour spent taking afternoon tea with a maiko at Ochaya Tomikku, a traditional tea house in the Gion Geisha district. After we finished sipping tea, we visited the awe-inspiring Sanjūsangen-dō, a beautiful Buddhist temple containing 1,000 armed statues of Kannon. Our visit culminated with a Samurai Kembu exhibition at the Otsu Traditional Performing Arts Center, where nimble swordsman demonstrated the samurai spirit with their blades.

Tea pot on a tatami mat during a tea ceremony (Kyoto)

Activities

• Hiroshima Peace Park & Memorial Museum
• Itsukushima
• The gardens at the Imperial Palace in Kyoto
• Sagano Bamboo Forest
• Tenryuji Temple
• Fushimi Inari Shrine
Tea with a maiko in Kyoto’s geisha district
• Traditional cloth dyeing at Roketsuzome Yamamoto
• Walking the pilgrimage routes of the Kumano Kodo
• Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art
• Tsukiji Fish Market
• Yokohama’s Chinatown
Sumo wrestling in Tokyo Student documentary filmmaking in Rikuzentakata
Weekend trips to Kobe, Osaka, Naoshima, and Nagasaki
• Visit to the NHK television studios
• Igloo building contest at Osorakan Park
Model United Nations in South Korea

Journals From Japan

We collected the best student and staff writings and projects from our term in Japan. Check them out!

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