Japan juxtaposes refined ritual and ancient history with hyper modernity. Futuristic neon and urban street fashion sit next to Zen serenity and stylised ceremony. It is unique in its food, culture, dress and traditions, and a singular history also means that it has had to adjust to the impact of one of modern technology's most cataclysmic inventions - the effects of which still resonate today.
On this tour you will experience the magnificent culture and history of Japan and examine its contemporary culture and healthcare systems. See Japan’s most famous traditional art form – woodblock printing – as well as its most exciting contemporary art on Naoshima Island. Wander through one of Japan’s three great gardens in Okayama as well as an exquisite private garden and a traditional Zen garden. Visit one of Japan’s greatest castles, Himeji, and explore Hiroshima and its still-reverberating history. Experience lesser known Japan, including the old merchant quarter of the canal port of Kurashiki. Spectacular journeys include taking a bullet train past Mt Fuji and cruising past the great Torii Shrine across the Inland Sea, as well as walking through the soaring bamboo forest of Arashiyama.
There is a wide range of high level professional visits and talks that provide insight into the particular challenges and approaches of medicine and healthcare within Japanese society.
Janice Liverseidge is a Director of the Royal Society of Medicine which provides over 400 cross specialty educational meetings each year and is the home of one of the largest medical libraries in the world. Earlier in her career she worked for the British Medical Association. She is also a registered Blue Badge Tourist Guide and regularly leads groups in London on medical history walks, tours of the Wellcome Collection and other healthcare locations plus provides music and art tours for the Foundling Museum and the London Handel Festival. Janice has travelled extensively including an eight month journey around India, South East Asia and Australia. More recent travels have taken her to South America, Burma, Indonesia and Sri Lanka.