Exploring San'in Japan

The San’in region comprises the remote Prefectures of Yamaguchi and Shimane on the West side of Honshu facing the Sea of Japan. The area has interesting karst and volcanic topography responsible for copper and silver deposits which changed the course of Japanese history. Ancient paths used by feudal lords survive. The area boasts remote pristine castle towns and one of Japan’s most important Shinto Shrines, the Izumo Shrine, central to the creation myths of Japan. Learn about the Meiji Restoration of Japan and why so many of Japan’s revolutionary leaders came from the Yamaguchi area.

This class will be delivered online via the online platform Zoom. Enrolling students need to ensure they have an email, a reliable internet connection, microphone/speakers and access to a tablet, smartphone or computer.

SUGGESTED READING

  • Richard Story, A History of Modern Japan (Pelican Original, 1960)

COURSE OUTLINE

  • The Meiji Restoration of 1868 and why so many of the key revolutionary figures came from the Yamaguchi area
  • The Hagi Okan highway and the silver route from Iwami Silver Mine
  • Ancient copper and iron smelting methods and the last operating traditional Japanese iron smelter
  • Edo Period Castle towns including Tsuwano, Hagi and Matsue
  • The Akiyoshidai Karst Plateau
  • How to plan your own journey through the San’in Area, in particular through Yamaguchi and Shimane Prefectures
$145 Limited / $131

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02 Feb

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