Sarah is keen on learning the secrets to why Japanese culture has become such a popular influence on today’s western society.
She is enchanted by the phenomenon of Japanese cuisine, Manga and Anime, the Art of Bonsai and other traditional practices of ancient Japan. In order to further her research into the westerners idealism of Japan created by the Japanese tourist industry, she too will be embarking on her own journey to the “Land of the Rising Sun”. Sarah just needs your help…
Her plan is to travel for a month around Japan’s most famous tourist sites to see what it is really like out there for a western traveler. Are the fantastic stories of Japanese etiquette and craftsmanship true? Or just a figment of my imagination, fuelled by the Media, Museums and secondary research she have previously undertaken?
Sarah plans to go at the end of the summer (August – September), to hopefully glimpse a sight of both the busy holiday season and the post-tourism side of Japanese life.
The places she plans to visit are:
The attractions on her list to possibly see and do:
Visit the Ghibli Museum.
Visit the Pokemon Centre.
Stay in a Capsule Hotel.
Travel on the Bullet Train.
Visit Aoyama Cemetery.
Visit the Hachiko Statue outside Shibuya Station.
Travel around the shopping district in Shibuya.
Visit the Imperial Palace.
Witness a fish auction at Tsukiji Market.
Climb Mt Fuji for the summit at sunrise.
Stay in a Ryokan in Kyoto
Take part in a Kaiseki Meal/Tea Ceremony.
See Geisha travelling through the streets of Kyoto.
Visit the Enryaku-ji Buddhist Temple on Mt Hiei.
Visit KYOTO DESIGN HOUSE.
Visit the Fushimi Inari Shrine.
Visit The Golden Temple.
Visit Minoo Park and find Ryuanji Temple.
Visit The National Art Museum.
Visit Osaka Aquarium.
Take a 2 day tour around Mt Koya, and partake in a Temple Lodging in Fukuji-in, and experience life as a Buddhist Monk.
Visit Himeji Castle.
Visit Hiroshima Castle.
Visit Hiroshima Peace Park and War Memorial Museum.
Visit Shukkeiken Garden.
Sarah plans to raise up to £2000 herself fundraising and through her own studio practice and working during this summer to pay for the flights and accommodation, but any contribution whether it be large or small would be immensely appreciated as it will enable her to see some fantastic things when she gets to Japan and make her final year project far more in depth and exciting. You can contribute here.
She shall be blogging about the journey on her blog and she also plans to make a video documentary of her experience as a British tourist in Japan.
The aim is to share with you all this life changing trip and the research will contribute to her dissertation and studio practice for her Masters exhibition in June 2014.