Japan is a strand of islands, or archipelago, that lies to the east of the coast of China. 120 miles of water separate Japan from the Asian mainland. Archeologists think people have inhabited the islands for about 30,000 years. During that extensive period of time, this country has alternated between sharing trade and ideas with the outside world and withdrawing into itself. As a result, Japanese culture is a fusion of trends from around the globe, each marked with a uniquely Japanese stamp.
This course will explore this history as well as discuss Japanese traditions, language, religions, food, etiquette and manners, careers and education, arts, holidays and leisure, architecture, government and the legal system.
Throughout this course you will see how Japanese people value consideration, thoughtfulness, politeness and order. It is one of the safest places on the earth to visit, and although it may be difficult to blend in, it is easy to appreciate well-mannered Japanese culture.