[Session 3] Japan 1600 - 1900: April 21, 9 AM - 4 PM
[Educator Program] Individually priced sessions - #3 Economic and Cultural Transformations and Political Stagnation The morning session will examine and explore how transformations in Japan’s economic system related to the creation of an increased cultural identity. Participants will review the varieties of Tokugawa Confucianism, and will examine how Confucianism was linked to political action. The session will focus on the educational practices of young people during this time, a growing knowledge of the West, and Shinto revival. Special emphasis will also be placed on the food culture of the Tokugawa period, with a hands-on opportunity to engage with the preparation, presentation (and possibly the consumption) of related food.
National Learning and the Literary and Theatre Arts The afternoon session will examine Japanese poetry and the literature of the Tokugawa and Meiji era. Participants will explore the historical backgrounds of such writers as Matsuo Basho (the most famous poet of the Tokugawa Period), and literary connections to the theater arts of Noh and Kabuki. In addition, participants will examine Meiji authors, including Natsume Soseki, Akutagawa Ryunosuke and others.