Kane Notebook UM 1990

Kane Japan Course Notebook UM 1990

WHERE TO GO? Japan!  Sometimes things come about by a fluke.  This year was going to be Indonesia — but then, there were passport issues and from one day to the next I changed gear.  Why not Japan?  I had put Japan on my travel list years ago, and after ten years perhaps I just needed a break from traveling in the Middle East and from the hardship and heat that I experienced in Mali last year. A country where trains run on time even more reliably than in Germany.  A country with exotic foods and a colorful language.  But most  of all, a country where cultural monuments are so abundant that even 10 weeks won’t allow me to cover them all.   13 cultural UNESCO sites for starters (four more natural ones) and thousands of declared national treasures in between!  A half-forgotten course I took in graduate school in 1990 with my beloved professor Kane on the Arts of Japan made my heart beat faster. It all came back to me: the religions (Shinto and Buddhism) the peculiar Japanese sects (Tendai, Shingon, Zen and Pure Land), the  shogunates, the samurai, the gardens, temples, castles, and scrolls.   In neat cursive and still flawed English I had written it all down.  And I had kept them over all these years — those notebooks from graduate school.  Some day, I knew it — I would go  there and see it all.   In ten days, if all goes well the blog will start (around 5/25).  I hope you will join me!  ET P.S.  If you subscribe to the blog (home page button to your right) you will receive email notifications when new entries are posted.  That will save you time to check.  🙂

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  1. Well Professor,
    this is pretty much the same path I had when I finally decided to buy the ticket to Japan, even though the travel will be in 2015 and in between there will be another travel of “hardship and heat” as you rightly call it.
    Will start immediately to check your entries, though I don’t see those of DPRK, hopefully they will come later on.

  2. Very good idea to go Japan. Japan is fascinating country and has much collection of attractions for visitors . some year ago, I went to Japan and saw Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Very awesome museum. On the other hand I write complete information about japan

  3. Gambatte kudasai! 🙂

    • Um…no idea where that smilie came from…

      Still – wishing you a wonderful time! And yes, planning for Japan is the better idea.

  4. How nice to find your note that you are on the road again. It seems that now the world is in order!. But your comment about German and Japanese trains is open to debate. I vote for the German trains – as you might guess. But you will bring back some data and I might have to adjust my attitude. Travel safely and I look forward to your comments! Anneliese

  5. Sounds like a fascinating and enjoyable trip coming up! I am eager to read all about it. Lucy and I were there for two weeks a few years ago, and we learned a lot. Here are two suggestions:
    1) Ask people how to say “I love you” in Japanese.
    2) Take pictures of the manhole covers.

    Have a great trip!

  6. Look at those notes!!!! They remind me of the infamous German trains. I bet the trains in Japan will pale in comparison. LOL
    Sounds like a wonderful trip…with an interesting overlay of memory.

  7. So excited to read your posts as you travel! Be safe!

  8. Have a great trip!

  9. Good for you, Elisabeth, what a good choice! I will look forward to following you in
    Japan. I wish you the very, very best–enjoy the food, the culture and the people.
    If you have a minute before you go, I would love to have you stop in for a cup of tea.

  10. So excited for you, and for myself to follow you again. I’m ready! A beautiful first entry to your Japan blog.

  11. How wonderful to find the 1990 page and to be reminded that Virginia taught that course for a bit. It must have been truly dazzling. I only had 3weeks in Japan in Spring 1993, but it was truly me memorable. I eagerly await developments, and wish you all travel fortunes, Diane K