Whereas India is a country undergoing significant change, Japan can always be counted on to stay much the same. Little will have changed in Hiroshima since our last visit in 2014, and our new students will likely enjoy the same arcades and okonomiyaki stalls as those who preceded them.
Curriculum-wise, our students will familiarize themselves with their host country by participating in projects focused on Japan’s long, often tumultuous history with nuclear energy and weaponry. In one module, they’ll explore Hiroshima’s role during World War II and the reasoning behind the United States decision to drop the first atomic bomb on an inhabited city. After exploring the past, they’ll focus on the future by interacting with scientists and politicians about Japan’s dependence on nuclear reactors as a source of energy.
Students this term might also choose to research Japan’s billion dollar aquaculture industry. In this important economic sector, freshwater and marine species are harvested for consumption both at home and abroad. During this module, students will learn about the importance of the oyster to Hiroshima by working at a Miyajima oyster farm.