Japan: Edo Period to the Bakumatsu Era (1615-1867) (JHT103)
This course focuses on the development of the political and social framework that Tokugawa Ieyasu laid for what would become the 265 year-long Tokugawa shogunate. The development of the system of checks and balances are examined as is the feudal society, the arts, economy, relations with the West, and the problems and decline of the shogunate. Finally, attention is given to the opening of the country from the Kansei Reforms and the events that led to the fall of the Tokugawa in the Bakumatsu era.
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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