Hidden Art Spaces of Northern Japan

With a few travel hints your experience of travelling in Japan can be enhanced immeasurably. Explore Sapporo and major art sites near the city, visit the Ainu Culture Museum and the volcanic Toya-ko Lake area, before moving to the Echigo-Tsumari art fields in the centre of Northern Honshu. We discuss the decline of these rural areas, and the role art installations have had in revitalising communities. Along the way we will look at Japanese inns and cuisine, hot springs, and other cultural highlights.

This course will be delivered both face-to-face at WEA Sydney and online via the online platform Zoom simultaneously. Enrolling students need to ensure they have an email, a reliable internet connection, microphone/speakers and access to a tablet, smartphone or computer if they are attending via Zoom or have read the current COVID-19 Safety Guidance that WEA Sydney has put in place before enrolling into the face-to-face class.

SUGGESTED READING

  • Richard Story – A History of Modern Japan (Pelican Original, 1960) (available in WEA Library)
  • John McBride – Notes on visiting Hidden Art Spaces of Northern Japan (copies will be distributed in class)

COURSE OUTLINE

  • Sapporo: brief history and visits to two major art sites
  • Ainu culture and history
  • Volcanic nature of the Toya-ko Lake area
  • Echigo-Tsumari and the art fields of Northern Japan

PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Confidently plan a visit to Northern Japan
  2. Enjoy walking the streets of Sapporo
  3. Be aware of the decline of rural areas, and steps taken to revitalise communities
  4. Be aware of the history of Japan’s indigenous Ainu nation and culture
$39 Limited

<p>With a few travel hints your experience of travelling in Japan can be enhanced immeasurably. Explore Sapporo and major art sites near the city, visit the Ainu Culture Museum and the volcanic

...
16 Feb
$39 Limited

<p>With a few travel hints your experience of travelling in Japan can be enhanced immeasurably. Explore Sapporo and major art sites near the city, visit the Ainu Culture Museum and the volcanic

...
16 Feb