Walking the Tōkaidō

This fall I started a virtual journey with teachers all around the world. We recorded our walks, runs, and steps and charted our progress on the 318 mile walk across Japan’s famous Tōkaidō, from Tokyo to Kyoto. The Tōkaidō was the Eastern Sea Route that millions of merchants, pilgrims, and travelers walked. We looked at art, literature, sports, and history to understand the journey in an interdisciplinary approach that reached all corners of the study of Japan.

In the coming days, I will share some of my reflections from the course including books we read and topics we covered in what was one of the most memorable professional development opportunities I have ever enjoyed as a teacher.

Special thanks to all the folks who made this memorable journey possible: Project Team – Anne Prescott (FCCEAS Director, MA), John Frank (retired NCTA master teacher, IN), Yurika Kurakata (former UW EARC Director, Singapore), Arlene Kowal (FCCEAS NCTA seminar facilitator, MA)

A National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) Program; Five College Center for East Asian Studies (FCCEAS); Funded by a generous grant from the Freeman Foundation; With additional funding from the Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership


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