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Japanese Woodblock Prints: "The Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido"

Japan’s famous woodblock print series by the master landscape artist Utagawa Hiroshige. The series was a huge success on the streets of Edo, the Shogun’s capital, when published in 1833-1834. The series beautifully depicts everyday life of travellers and locals at the rest areas along the Tokaido road which linked Edo (today’s Tokyo) with Kyoto. We explore the Tokaido by “virtually” travelling down major sections, thereby deepening our understanding of the content of the woodblock... [More]
Japanese Woodblock Prints: "The Fifty-Three Stations of the Tokaido"
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Medieval Churches of Northern Europe

Fenno-Scandinavia is not usually associated with impressive church buildings. Impressive churches do exist in Finland, Sweden and Norway but are often overlooked while the focus rests on the Gothic masterpieces of France, Romanesque wonders of Italy and Spain or the Baroque highlights of Germany and Austria. This course will introduce some of the artistic and architectural show stoppers of Northern Europe that are well worth a sightseeing trip. SUGGESTED READING Textile treasures... [More]
Medieval Churches of Northern Europe
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Self-Guided Walking in Japan: The Nakasendo

Self-guided walking in Japan has increased over the past five years. The Nakasendo Way is the most popular of the walks available. Historic context and cultural understanding vastly enhances the experience of walking this ancient Way. The course focuses on a central section of the Nakasendo in the picturesque Kiso Valley, the most walkable section. Advice will include transportation, accommodation, and cultural sensitivities. Participants will be able to plan their own walk down... [More]
Self-Guided Walking in Japan: The Nakasendo
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History of the English Language

The English language has flourished over the last few centuries and is now arguably the pre-eminent language of the modern world. This state of affairs was not always so. We will examine the evolution of the English language from its Anglo-Saxon roots, through its subjugation under the French speaking Normans, to its current status as the world language of science and technology in the 21st century. NOTE: There will be a short break for morning tea and lunch. COURSE OUTLINE The... [More]
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Secret Societies and Societies with Secrets

Throughout History, mysterious organisations have harboured secrets accessible only to the members of very secret and elusive societies. Each group developed its own rituals and symbols including secrecy oaths. The oaths bind members together and enforce loyalty to the elite group. Some groups have practised benevolence while others have acted with great malevolence. The obsession with exclusivity and secrecy has inspired the development of a large number of conspiracy theories... [More]

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