Instructor: Scott Miller
Fee: $124, 4 classes (includes food and materials)
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Schedule: Tuesdays • 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
October 15 - November 12*
* There will be no class on October 29.
Do authentic geisha still exist in Japan?
Who was the real “Last Samurai?”
Why do people in Japan always remove
their shoes before entering a home?
We will discuss the role of women in Japan’s past and present, explore various aspects of Japanese history and culture, and talk about the uniqueness of modern-day Japan (e.g. Japan has the lowest birth rate and highest literacy rate in the world -- why?). Topics will include religion, samurai culture, geisha, traditional music and art, pop culture, as well as the etiquette one needs to know before visiting Japan.
A discussion of Japanese art will include what it tells us about everyday life in Japan for everyday people and include a historical review of Japan’s history through the instructor’s large collection of woodblock prints.
Students will learn how to cook some traditional Japanese cuisine in the final class which will be held at the home of Scott and Yuriko Miller. Here you will enjoy Japanese food, partake in the ancient Tea Ceremony, and see their lifelong collection of Japanese artwork and furnishings.