Past & Present: Japan
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Explore another side of Japan as professor of anthropology and archaeology Dr. Dwayne L. Merry takes you through its cities and countryside. Enjoy the privilege of observing Sumo wrestlers in training before taking your place ringside at a traditional match. Mingle with the crowds at famous Senso-ji temple and participate in a wedding ceremony at the Meiji Shrine. Depart for the island of Hokkaido to learn about the traditions of the Ainu, and stop at the hot mineral springs of Noboribetsu. Visit Osaka Castle, the ancient temples of Nara, and get swept up in the excitement of the Gion Matsuri celebration in Kyoto. Then travel to Shikoku to join the pilgrims visiting the island’s 88 temples and observe a rice planting ceremony before concluding your journey with a rafting trip through scenic Iya valley. Read along with the text as you watch the videos, then take a fun quiz to find out what you've learned!