Asakusa Kannon Temple - Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo Metropolis: Birthplace of Asian Modernity

Albright College

Why Tokyo?

Tokyo is unlike any city on earth; a city that still carries both the height of samurai culture and the devastation of World War II, both the economic miracle and the lost decades of recession, both the Confucian family and the absent salaryman father, both the assimilation of the Western world and the insulation of Japanese tradition and identity, and both the importing of American consumerism and the exporting of cool Japan.

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October 27 2016, 4:00 pm

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Itinerary Highlights

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9 days, 8 nights

  • Mount Fuji Tour: Enjoy a ride to the 5th station of Mt. Fuji, then to Lake Ashi to view Mt. Fuji from a distance.  Enjoy a short cruise at Lake Ashi and a rope-way ride at Mt. Komagatake.
  • Meji Jingu Shrine: This shrine was founded in 1921 to enshrine the Emperor and Empress Meiji, Japan’s first sovereign following the demise of rule by the samurai class.  With many large trees still growing in it’s grounds, Meiji-jingo is a precious wooded area in the heart of the city.

1 day, 1 night

  • Kotokuin Temple:  Known as the great Buddha temple, Kotokuin Temple is one of the most iconic figures in Japan.  The great Buddha stands over 43 feet tall and weights over 130 tons.
Trip ID: 140087

Meet the Faculty

Victor Forte

Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Director of Asian Studies
Victor Forte, M.S. Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Religious Studies and Director of Asian Studies at Albright College in Reading, PA, U.S. He received an M.S. in Environmental Science from Drexel University (1993), and a Ph.D. in Religion from Temple University (2004). Dr. Forte teaches courses on Buddhist Studies, Asian Religions, Asian Film and Culture, and Religion and the Environment, and has offered travel courses to Japan (2008, 2010) and India (2011). His main research interests are in Buddhist Ethics, Comparative Philosophy, and Interreligious Dialogue, and has published articles in these fields, including, “Early Buddhist Inclusion of Intentionality in the Laws of Causation” (2006), “Finding Peace in the Simile of the Saw” (2007), “Reflections on the Ethical Meaning of Shinran’s True Entrusting” (2009), and a co-authored translation of Ueda Shizutera’s “Seimei, Sei, and Inochi: Three Japanese Concepts of Life” (2014).

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