Visiting Northern Kyushu, Japan

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Visiting Northern Kyushu, Japan

<p>Kyushu is the land of fire. At its centre is the worlds largest active volcano. Everywhere are thermal hot springs. It was the first area to be settled in Japan and prides itself as Japan’s

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Kyushu is the land of fire. At its centre is the worlds largest active volcano. Everywhere are thermal hot springs. It was the first area to be settled in Japan and prides itself as Japan’s cultural gateway to the world – initially to China and onwards across the Silk Road. After 1634 it was Japan’s only opening to Europe for 200 years through the little man-made island of Dejima.


SUGGESTED READING

  • Richard Story – A History of Modern Japan (Pelican Original, 1960)
  • John McBride – A Brief History of Northern Kyushu (course notes provided during class)


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Brief history of Kyushu, using the content of the Kyushu National Museum
  • 5 walks in Kyushu, including a mountain ascetic path in Kunisaki, a walk in the Mount Asou National Park, a walk in Nagasaki and walks in Hirado and Kusatsu.
  • Interesting places to stay in Northern Kyushu.


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of the evening, participants should be able to:

  1. Confidently plan a visit to Northern Kyushu
  2. Enjoy a number of walking trails in Kyushu.
  3. Be aware of the long contacts Kyushu has had with the outside world and its role as a gateway of culture to Japan.
  4. Enjoy some interesting Japanese inns and hot springs in Northern Kyushu.