Prof. Mikael Adolphson, Keidanren Professor and Chair of Japanese Studies, will host 13-day culture cruise aboard the 57-cabin Caledonian Sky in April 2017.
Cruise through the Inland Sea and the Sea of Japan on a delightful springtime exploration of Japan, with time ashore in both Kyoto and Tokyo. This small nation of nearly 7,000 islands is wonderfully suited for exploration by small ship, and our chartered vessel, the 57-cabin Caledonian Sky, conveys us comfortably to a fascinating variety of tranquil historic towns, artistic centers, and remote islands that larger ships cannot access.
Experience dramatic coastlines, sacred temples, celebrated gardens, and cutting-edge art and architecture. Meet and interact with a kabuki actor and the owner of a traditional geisha house, take part in a traditional tea ceremony, attend a private performance of sacred bugaku dance, and travel on Japan’s high-speed rail (the shinkansen, or “bullet train”). Also participate in a hands-on taiko drum workshop with the world-famous Kodo drummers on Sado Island, and marvel at the stunning iconic beauty of Miyajima’s torii gate.
You will learn about the culture, art, architecture, and history of Japan on daily shore excursions and during an enriching lecture program with AIA lecturer and host Mikael Adolphson, a Professor of Japanese Studies and an expert in pre-1600 Japan, as well as other onboard experts. An optional pre-cruise extension to Kurashiki and Naoshima, and an optional post-cruise extension to Kamakura and Hakone, are also available.
For more information see the cruise flyer.