Japan is an intoxicating blend of gracious tradition, exquisite ritual and hyper modernity. The futuristic neon and street fashion of its big cities sits alongside Zen serenity and stylised ceremony. It is unlike anywhere else in the world 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 reverberate today.
On this tour you will experience the magnificent culture and history of Japan through the prism of your own profession. 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 - one of the few still standing in its original form - in Matsuyama, as well as Japan’s oldest onsen. Experience lesser known Japan, including a preserved Edo era merchant’s street in Kawagoe and 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.
There is a range of high level professional visits with excellent access that provide insight into the particular challenges and approaches of obstetrics and gynaecology within Japanese society. Topics examined include women’s health, medical education, IVF and neo natal intensive care. The tour is led by Dr Peter Brinsden, one of the co-founders of IVF, who also has a personal connection with Japan through his own family.
Dr Peter Brinsden was born in Peking, China, and lived in China, the United States, Canada and Hong Kong. He qualified from St George's Hospital, London, in 1966 and joined the Royal Navy. He served as a Ships Medical Officer, before beginning training as a gynaecologist, gaining the MRCOG in 1976 and FRCOG in 1989. He served in Naval Hospitals in Singapore, Malta, Gibraltar, as well as Portsmouth and Plymouth. He left the Navy in 1982 and went on to specialise in infertility.
Peter worked at Bourn Hall Clinic, Cambridge, with Patrick Steptoe, the IVF pioneer who, with Nobel Laureate Professor Robert Edwards, was responsible for the birth of the world's first IVF baby Louise Brown in 1978. In 1989 he was appointed Medical Director at Bourn Hall, following the death of Patrick Steptoe. He was an Affiliated Lecturer at the University of Cambridge from 1992 to 2007. He has visited China regularly since 1989 and has Visiting or Honorary Professorships at the City Medical University in Beijing, Peking Union Medical College and China Southern University. Dr Brinsden was an Inspector for the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority from 1997 to 2011. He lectures internationally on infertility and assisted reproduction and was President of the British Fertility Society 2009 - 2012.
Ground only cost US $5,313 pp sharing (excluding international flights and transfers)