Experience the timeless splendor of Japan while cruising the historic Inland Sea, plus two nights in Kyoto. 

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 Torii Gate near Miyajima  Entrance to Nijo Castle (detail), Kyoto  Himeji Castle  Nijo Castle Garden, Kyoto  Kinkaku-ji, the Golden Pavilion, Kyoto  Ryoan-ji Zen Garden, Kyoto  Young geishas. Japan Tourism Bureau  Bulguksa Temple, Gyeongju, South Korea

A Cruise of Japan

From Himeji to Matsue to Osaka with a Stop in South Korea Aboard the 220-guest L'Austral

11 days from $6,795

Experience the timeless splendor of Japan while cruising the historic Inland Sea, plus two nights in Kyoto. 

or Call 855-330-1542

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Apr 30 - May 10, 2017 Departure
Hugh Shapiro

Hugh Shapiro

Hugh Shapiro is a professor of East Asian history at the University of Nevada.  He has enjoyed visiting appointments at Princeton University, Nichibunken (International Research Center for Japanese Studies) in Kyoto, the National Taiwan Normal University in Taipei, and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.  His extensive archival and fieldwork in China, Japan, and Taiwan regards the history of medicine, disease, and the body in comparative context.  The analysis of bodily experience is a powerful tool for grappling with historical transformation, and Hugh focuses on how cultural practice and ideas, such as the integration of foreign medical systems, inflect the way that people experience illness, in particular neuropsychiatric distress.  He co-edited Medicine Across Cultures: History and Practice of Medicine in Non-Western Cultures, and his recent work appears in volumes published by Harvard University Press, Brill, Rowman & Littlefield, and Kluwer.  He received the Li-Qing Prize for the History of Chinese Science and won his university’s highest teaching award.  Hugh’s other research and teaching interests include visual and performance art, life in post-socialist societies, the military history of the Steppe, material culture in Central Asia, the history of de-colonization and revolution, and the cross-cultural experience of possession.  A popular Smithsonian Expert, Hugh earned his B.A. and M.A. from Stanford University and his Ph.D. in History & East Asian Languages from Harvard University.