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
Ancient temples by day. Contemporary museums by night.
Much like the spicy peppers that seemingly find their way into every dish, Mexico packs an experience that lights up the senses. Brilliantly colored handcrafts and awe-inspiring churches provide a feast for the eyes; Regional folk styles, such as mariachi and ranchera, have been lifting spirits for hundreds of years. There’s so much to take in, but Mexican society dictates that you take your time and have fun in doing so.
Projects here will likely focus on gaining an understanding of the culture that the Mexican peoples are rightly so proud of. One project might explore Mesoamerican legacies by having students engage with local storytellers. Another project might use Mexico’s exceptional art scene as inspiration for their own creations, complete with visits to local workshops and museums. Mexico’s vast and varied landscapes will offer innumerable options for getaways as well, providing a chance to get out of the ciudad from time to time.
Whatever happens this term, you can be sure Mexico’s spirit of spontaneity will mark it, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.
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