A new cruise offering from Smithsonian Journeys and PONANT

Cruise the full length of Japan’s Seto Inland Sea on an eight-day voyage, visiting shrines, castles, World War II sites, and two of Japan’s most renowned gardens at the height of spring.

Starting at: $6,500 Make a Reservation Ask Us A Question or Call 855-330-1542
 Entrance to Nijo Castle (detail), Kyoto  Nijo Castle Garden, Kyoto  Kinkaku-ji, the Golden Pavilion, Kyoto  Ryoan-ji Zen Garden, Kyoto  Bulguksa Temple, Gyeongju, South Korea

Treasures of Japan by Sea

From Kobe to Osaka Aboard the 264-guest Le Soléal

8 days from $6,500

A new cruise offering from Smithsonian Journeys and PONANT

Cruise the full length of Japan’s Seto Inland Sea on an eight-day voyage, visiting shrines, castles, World War II sites, and two of Japan’s most renowned gardens at the height of spring.

or Call 855-330-1542

Experts

Apr 15 - 22, 2022 Departure
Jonathan Hall

Jonathan Hall

Jonathan M. Hall is Visiting Assistant Professor in Japanese Studies at the University of California Riverside where he teaches courses in Japanese literature, history, film and aesthetics. His broad range of courses includes Classical Japanese Literature, Cultures of the Floating World, Japanese film history, and modern Japanese women’s literature. His published articles and book manuscript include writing on kabuki dance, Japanese postwar photography and performance, and twentieth-century Japanese film. Jonathan is also active as a film subtitler and occasional dramaturge for contemporary performance. Following graduate work pursued dually at the University of Tokyo and the University of California Santa Cruz, Jonathan has taught at the University of Chicago, the National University of Fine Arts and Music in Tokyo, the University of Leeds (UK), and several University of California campuses.

Apr 15 - 22, 2022 Departure
Timon Screech

Timon Screech

Professor of the History of Art at SOAS (School of Oriental and African Studies), University of London, Timon Screech has devoted his career to the study of Japanese art and culture and to the interplay between art and the broader social landscape. Educated at Oxford and Harvard, Tim is the author of some dozen books on the visual culture of the Edo period. Perhaps his best-known work is Sex and the Floating World: Erotic Images in Japan, 1700-1820. More recently, he has introduced and edited the writings of two 18th-century travelers in Japan Extolled and Decried: Carl Peter Thunberg and the Shogun’s Realm, 1775-1796, and Secret Memoirs of the Shoguns: Isaac Titsingh and Japan, 1779-1822.

His field-defining general study, Obtaining Images: Art, Production and Display in Edo Japan, was published in 2012 and issued in paperback in 2017. Tim has just completed two new books, one on the early history of the East India Company and its role in cultural exchange, and also the Oxford History of Japanese Art. Tim’s upcoming books include The Shogun's Silver Telescope: God, Art and Money in the English Quest for Japan, 1600-1625 (Oxford University Press), and Tokyo before Tokyo: Power and Magic in the Shogun's City of Edo (UK: Reaktion Books; US: Chicago University Press).