In this course, students will follow the footsteps of a prominent Japanese poet in the seventeen-century, Matsuo Basho, and learn about different regions of Japan and the Japanese great passion for food. As student “imaginary” travel various regions of Japan, they will learn about historical and scenic places that are depicted in Basho’ poems and various local cuisines in the regions. Students will also watch Japanese TV shows to learn how the specialties from different regions are described.
Throughout the course, students will continue to develop their skills in interacting in Japanese by stating and supporting their opinions in discussions focusing on narrative texts. Approximately 60 new Kanji will be introduced. Throughout the term, students will write a travel log to describe various regions of Japan and its culture in Japanese. Conducted in Japanese. Advanced Level.
Corequisite: Students must attend at least two Languages Series events (Mondays, 7:00pm – 8:00pm)