Hiking Japan virtual workshop

photo of Karasawa Cirque, Hotakadake, Nagano Prefecture, Japan in the summer

Monday, August 2 and Tuesday, August 3, 11:00am-1:00pm EDT;
Wednesday, August 4, 7:00-9:00pm EDT; Monday, August 9, 11:00am-1:00pm EDT

Instructor: Karl Neumann, Social Studies teacher and Educational Technology Facilitator, Dana Hall School, Wellesley, MA

With guest Emi Gomi, Sundai Kofu High School, Kofu, Yamanashi, Japan

What can we learn about another country’s history and culture by hiking? Join us as we answer these questions by virtually hiking three peaks in various parts of Japan.

  • Hotakadake in Kamikochi, Gifu Prefecture;
  • Ishizuchi-san on the border between Saijō and Kumakōgen in Ehime Prefecture (on the island of Shikoku); and
  • Haguro-san in Tsuruoka, Yamagata Prefecture.

Topics to be covered include Japanese physical and cultural geography, histories and traditions of mountain climbing, religious pilgrimages vs modern hiking practices (hobbies and leisure travel), writing about hiking, and more.

Participants must be comfortable navigating Google Suite (Forms, Sheets, Maps) and Moodle to access and create documents and post on discussion forums. A final project, utilizing Google Suite, will be required of each participant.

Participants will receive a copy of One Hundred Mountains of Japan by Fukuda Kyūya, translated by Martin Hood, and a certificate of completion for 10 contact hours.

Limited to ten K-12 in-service educators who demonstrate interest in the topic and willingness to incorporate material into their classrooms. Application deadline: Monday, June 28. Successful applications will be notified by Wednesday, July 7.

For inquiries, please e-mail Karl Neumann

Registration form