Fifteen students from the University of Tokyo, Peking University and Seoul National University who are attending the class visited Fukui prefecture and Ishikawa prefecture. By walking around the historical temples and doing activities as gold leaf stamping, the participants were able to learn and experience Japanese histories and cultures.
Moreover, the discussion over history textbooks of three countries got heated, as it was the main content of this trip.
“I learned more about Japanese culture and history by visiting traditional temples and gardens.”
“Through discussion, I understood how the textbooks were written differently and the different sense of value in each country.”
“As a great castle town ruled by an influential leader from the 17th century to the second half of the 19th century, Kanazawa has not suffered from any war devastation or big natural disasters. Thus, Kanazawa has maintained rows of historical houses and various traditional handicrafts and traditional performing arts. We visited some temples and emblazoned plate with gold leaf at Katani. Our three-day trip in Ishikawa helped me to have a better understanding about Japan’s history and culture.In addition, we had a heated discussion about history textbook issue and I also enjoyed the dating show on the last day.”