Japan: Its Land, People & History from Jomon to End of Kamakura Period 1333 (JHT101)
This course covers the geography, climate, and pre-recorded era of Japanese history from Jomon to Yayoi, followed by the development of the central state from Yamato, Asuka, Nara to Heian. The rise of the samurai culminating in the Kamakura shogunate. Focus on the import of elements of the dominant culture from the mainland and the impact of these imports on Japanese politics, art, and philosophy.
Patrick first came to Japan as a college student from the U.S. and lived with a Japanese family. Upon completion of his BA in Secondary Education and East Asian/Japanese History at Western Washington College (now University), he returned to Japan and has stayed since. He has taught business English, conducted seminars on effective English in meetings, presentations, and negotiations to Japanese students, and taught Japanese Social Studies at Nishimachi International School. Over the last fifteen years of his forty-year stay in Japan, Patrick has developed a custom tour service providing foreign visitors with insightful off-the-beaten-path experiences and tours in Japan. He has also participated in trainings established by prefectural government entities aimed at training Japanese volunteers in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
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