Program Details

Study values, history, and wilderness throughout Japan with UCSD staff.
Location:
Tokyo, Japan
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Summer

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Program Description:

With a population of 127 million (43% of the US population) settled in a mountainous nation the size of Montana (slightly smaller than the nation of France), land is truly at a premium in Japan. This program explores the inter-relationship between humans and the environment, examining notions of nature and how the inter-relationship, and ideas about it, changed from the Tokugawa period (1603-1868) through the industrializing Meiji era (1868 – 1912) down to the Fukushima Daiichi meltdown (2011). We will consider how the Japanese have interacted with land and sea and study cultural and religious conceptions of nature and how such perspectives can be a source of contestation and controversy.

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