As the videographer on Semester at Sea I get the privilege to join course field labs in different countries. In Japan I joined the Intro to Anthropology class on a visit to a textile facility where they use ancient techniques to manufacture kimono, traditional Japanese garments. Students also had the opportunity to try on various styles of kimono. It was very interesting to see how much kimono has influenced Japanese culture.
I also joined the International Business class on a visit to Yokohama’s Nissan Plant, while I was not allowed to shoot video inside of the plant I managed to get some footage in the museum. After students met with a US representative from the US Embassy in Tokyo. She shed light on to a number of interesting dynamics going on in Japan’s economy, one of them being the push to get women back into the workforce.