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Seminar to Travel to Japan

April 3, 2015

The fall 2015 seminar “Visual Japan, Past and Present,” taught by Professor Andrew Watsky, will examine the arts over the course of Japan’s history and, especially, how contemporary Japan makes use of its visual past. The primary focuses of the course are painting, sculpture, architecture, and ceramics, though literature also plays a prominent role.

Each week’s session will be designed to cover an aspect of Japan's visual cultures and build a base of knowledge upon which students will engage Japan, in Japan, over fall break. Based in Nara, Kyoto, and Tokyo, the class will visit many of the sites of art studied in Princeton, including temples, museums, and ceramic studios. In addition, each student will select a research topic concerning Japan’s visual arts to research while in Japan. The students will also keep a journal during the trip, and will write a short paper based on their journals after returning to Princeton.