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Japan and the West: From First Encounters to Contemporary Global Issues

Japan and the West



Japan and the West - Summer Institute

Japan and the West focused on points of intersection between Japan, Europe, and America from their first encounters to the present. It wove together visual art with primary and secondary source texts in order to explore historical change and continuity from multiple perspectives. Several connections to US History were drawn.

– Japan’s “closed country” policy in the age of global expansion
– Excerpts from Van Gogh’s letters
– Western liberalism and civil rights in the Meiji era
– Post-WWII woodblock prints and protest art
– Art and writing inspired by the 3.11 triple disaster


July 11 – 15, 2016
8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (Mon-Thurs) and 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m (Fri)
University of Washington, Seattle


Melanie King, Art History faculty at Seattle Central College


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