Tattooing is the most misunderstood art form in Japan today. Looked down upon for centuries and rarely discussed in social circles, people with tattoos are outcasts in this country, banned from most public spaces such as beaches, bathhouses, and even gyms. Tattoos have an extensive history in Japan, and to truly understand the stigma behind them it is essential to be aware of their significance. The first records of tattoos...Read More
We have been publishing many tweets, Instagram images and Facebook posts lately with the hashtag #TGSTohoku. This is because one month ago, four of our students traveled to the Tohoku region of Japan to document the rebuild from the 3/11 earthquake and tsunami.
This project was conceived by Global Studies teacher Nick Martino after his learning more about the rebuild that has been occurring in our host city of Hiroshima over the past 70 years. Nick spoke with me about his idea to bring students to the region for the purpose of making a mini-documentary film, and I jumped at the opportunity to take part in and support the project.
Post-trip, Nick and I took inventory on the challenges and successes we had experienced, hoping to isolate those variables and apply them to any other weXplore opportunity.