Japan-Land of the Rising Sun

2 Sessions: Wednesdays, April 6 & 13

10:00 a.m. – Noon

Sink Building, Room 233

Member Fee: $30, Non-Member Fee: $40

Japan is a land of incredible contrasts: from neon skylines and ancient castles to peaceful shrines, bamboo forests, Zen temples and speeding bullet trains. There is even a Godzilla hotel! The Land of the Rising Sun never fails to fascinate. The culture dates back literally thousands of years with many of the oldest features withstanding the test of time.

If you have ever wanted an insider’s look at Japan or have wanted to know what it’s like to live and work there, this informal two-session course is for you. Some of the topics covered will be Japanese culture and etiquette, history, basic greetings, geishas, language demystified, education system, family structure, unusual foods, common misconceptions, and any other topics students may want to learn about. Students always find this class fun and interesting.

Dave Tannenbaum regards the 14 years he spent living, traveling and working in Japan as the greatest experience of his life. During this time he was employed by Marine Corp Community Services, where half of the staff were Japanese. Part of Dave’s responsibility was to create and facilitate professional development classes, one of which was called Cultural Awareness: Working with Your Japanese Counterparts. The purpose of the workshop was to introduce Americans to Japan so as to diminish cultural misunderstandings and generally show Americans how to enjoy their time in the Land of the Rising Sun.

Prior to Japan, Dave lived in Washington State, where he taught grant writing and served as director of an Early Childhood Education Development Center, supported by a grant from the US Department of Education.