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Texas A&M Virtual Japan 2021 
Language &Culture Program

The Itinerary

 
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MODULE 1
MODULE 2
MODULE 3
MODULE 4
MODULE 5
MODULE 6
Introduction to Japan
  • General cultural introduction
Shodō Lesson
Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum Presentation
  • Hiroshima Legacy Successor Talk
Live Virtual Tour of Himeji with Local Guide
  • Himeji Castle
Live Virtual Tour of Kyoto with Local Guide
  • Yasaka Shrine & Kiyomizu Temple
Japanese Home Cooking Lesson
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MODULE 7
Martial Arts and Bushido
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MODULE 8
 

About the Modules

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Module 1  

Introduction to Japan

Discuss culture

The culture of Japan stands as one of the leading and most prominent cultures around the world, mainly due to the global reach of its popular culture. Japan has a fascinating and multifaceted culture; on the one hand it is steeped in the deepest of traditions dating back thousands of years; on the other it is a society in a continual state of rapid flux, with continually shifting fads and fashions and technological development that constantly pushes back the boundaries of the possible. Ranging from Japanese food culture to traditions like tea ceremony and martial arts, Japan has a wide array of cultural phenomenon that are distinctly Japanese.

Discuss etiquette

Learning etiquette in Japan is essential for anyone hoping to study, live or work with the world’s second-largest free economy. With the United States being characterized as a “loose” country and Japan often thought of as a “strict” country, expectations of what is culturally acceptable in Japan are much more defined and structured.

 
 

Shodō Lesson 

Shodō  (pronounced shou-doh), Japanese calligraphy, is one of the oldest traditional artforms in Japan. Watch and learn from a Japanese calligraphy master on the proper use of brush and ink on paper, different calligraphy styles, and techniques.

Module 2

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Module 3

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Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum Presentation

The Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum is dedicated to educating visitors about the bomb. The Museum has exhibits and information covering the buildup to war, the role of Hiroshima in the war up to the bombing, and extensive information on the bombing and its effects, along with substantial memorabilia and pictures from the bombing. Hear the narratives of those that experience the use of nuclear weapons first-hand.

 
 

Live Virtual Tours

Live Virtual Tour of Himeji

This virtual walking tour will open your eyes to the architecture of the past. Reveling in these ancient structures will allow you a small glimpse into the heart of Japan. Steeped in history, Kyoto is home to roughly one quarter of Japan's national treasures, countless shrines and temples, and seventeen sites recognized by UNESCO as World Heritage Sites. Kyoto's rich and colorful history, combined with its geographic and climatic factors, has created a city with a very unique blend of tradition, culture, and industry

Live Virtual Tour of Himeji

Himeji Castle is a hilltop Japanese castle complex situated in the city of Himeji. The castle is regarded as the finest surviving example of prototypical Japanese castle architecture, comprising a network of 83 buildings with advanced defensive systems from the feudal period. Explore the castle grounds virtually, as you avoid the traps, mazes, and ninja to reach the top!

Virtual Tour Modules

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Module 6

Martial Arts and Bushido

Learn the theory and practice of Bushido, "the way of the Samurai" and different styles of martial arts in Japan. What Japanese martial arts have you seen or heard of before? Our speaker will be referencing the sources of seven virtues of Bushido. Make sure to wear flexible pants or shorts for some fun interactive activities! 

Module 7

Coping with the Impact of Natural Disasters in Japan

Japan is particularly vulnerable to natural disasters because of its climate and topography. The country has gone through thousands of years of natural disasters, affecting its economy, development, and social life. Learn and discuss about the national character of Japan through the lens of how they respond to natural disasters.

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Japanese Home Cooking Lesson

Learn how to make an authentic Japanese meal with our instructor! This is an informal activity so just enjoy yourself and let the joys of cooking with friends take over. Hopefully, this lesson will give you a newfound respect for Japanese cuisine and maybe even a new favorite meal to cook while entertaining your friends and family!

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