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[PAST EVENT] Japan's Pivotal Influence on the West

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Course Description:

Whether taken for the first time or as a refresher, this celebrated offering will explore in depth how Japanese religion, art and culture have profoundly influenced the West.

Sept. 12: The Soul of Japan
The origins, iconography, philosophy and aesthetics of Taoism, Confucianism, Buddhism, Shinto and Bushido.

Sept. 19: Japonisme Fever
The seduction and revolution that followed the introduction of Japanese art and aesthetics to the West, including its influence on Western artists, musicians and writers.

Sept. 26: Architecture to Zen
From Frank Lloyd Wright to Star Wars, how Japan has shaped Western architecture, photography, decorative arts, pop culture and spirituality.


Tuition: $40.00

Additional Fees: $0.00

Register Myself


Tuesdays, Sept. 12, 19, 26 *10:00am – noon* (3 sessions)


CSUMB at Ryan Ranch, 8 Upper Ragsdale Drive, Monterey


Melinda Coffey Armstead, pianist and Japanophile, has been Music Director at Church in the Forest, Pebble Beach, since 1995. She has performed around the globe as a recitalist and chamber musician and has released three solo CDs: Season of Dreams, Beyond Words and Christmas Reflections.