This past week has been a culmination of all three themes we have been focusing on during this trip. After spending a few weeks doing field research in the countryside around Mt. Fuji, we finally climbed up the mountain, climbed down, and then went our own separate ways for four “vacation days” in Kyoto. Riding […]
Fuji Overseas Program Posts
In the summer of 2014, geology Professor Liz Safran and history Professor Andy Bernstein led a seven-week study abroad program, focusing on the many facets of Japan's cultural icon, Mt. Fuji.
As I write this post I am sitting on a bench surrounded by excited children, massive golden cat sculptures, and a giant blue roller coaster with cars shaped like a ukulele-playing hamster riding on a cloud. In the distance there is a hazy but still majestic Mt. Fuji. Immersed in these sights and sounds, it […]
Come join me on a tour of five Tokyo neighborhoods while exploring the stasis and change revolving around Mt. Fuji. It’s hard to imagine Fuji being an even bigger part of people’s lives than before – when Hokusai painted thirty-six views of Mt. Fuji, I’m sure people thought he had exhausted all the ways to […]
I have officially been in Japan for one week, but it feels like it has been at least a month. Each day is packed with something new, be it stumbling upon a small town’s sacred ritual, meeting with Japanese experts, eating an octopus pancake, or exploring the many wonders of Tokyo. The day’s adventures always […]
Anthony Giddens’ book, Consequences of Modernity, explores several important points of transition between the past, modern, and post-modern worlds. His writing includes discussions of time-space separation, symbols, and expert systems related to trust, confidence, risk, and danger. After traveling for around 20 hours yesterday, I was struck by how many concrete examples of these topics […]
June 23rd marked the one-year anniversary of Mount Fuji becoming a UNESCO World Heritage site. Interestingly enough, this volcano was named a cultural landmark as opposed to a natural landmark, encouraging us to look more closely at our definitions of nature and culture. Mount Fuji is one of the most-climbed mountains in the world, complete […]