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Gavin Campbell provides another stellar presentation about Japan's history with the West. For me, this course clarified the story, and pulled together many fascinating pieces of Japan's long and often difficult opening. I've taken other Context courses with Dr. Campbell, and intend to take more. He's one of the best cultural interpreters I have encountered in my own long engagement with Japan.
This is a terrific course teasing out the complexities of the opening up of Japan. Gavin Campbell is excellent, engaging,
And immensely knowledgeable. The material is clear, accessible with great visuals. Heartedly recommended.
I've taken a few of Dr. Campbell's Context courses and have enjoyed them all. The second part of The Opening of Japan was excellent, as usual. Can't wait to see the next part, and future courses.
What an information packed series! terrific!
I’m a docent at the GWU&TextileMuseum and, of course , fascinated by his remarks concerning textiles. Worldwide, as he remarked, textiles have been a driver of trade and introduction to other cultures. The textile fragments in the Shosoin repository in Nara dating back to the 8th century are treasured testimony to technique and patterns that came over the Silk routes , through China, to Japan.
So , Japan has been involved in textile-information transfer for over a thousand years.
Can’t wait for his book!
Learning about Japanese information gathering about Others in the “closed period” was invaluable to me.