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The Izu Geo Trail: On tour with John
The Izu Peninsula is one of the most unique geological regions on earth, so much so that it has been designated as a UNESCO Global Geopark. The tremendous tectonic forces found below the earth’s surface here have over millennia wrought a region that is both beautiful and awe inspiring. Izu has also seen momentous events from recent Japanese history, is the setting of some of Japan’s best-loved literature, and a popular destination for lovers of onsen hot spring baths, surf beaches and some of the best fishing in Japan. Not surprisingly, the Izu Geo Trail is one of Walk Japan’s most popular tours.

In the expert company of John Sweeney, Walk Japan Tour leader and long-term resident of Izu, we take an intimate virtual journey throughout the length and breadth of the peninsula. Izu’s tumultuous geology culminates in Mt. Fuji, Japan’s iconic volcano that soars close by. Taking this as our literal and physical backdrop, John leads us through Izu’s landscape, its history, culture and modern life. He describes Izu’s role as place of exile in ancient times, and as the site of the first overseas - American - consulates in Japan, one of a series of events that led eventually to the demise of the samurai and the ushering in of modern Japan. John also introduces us to Nobel Prize winner Yasunari Kawabata (1899-1972) who wrote The Izu Dancer, a semi-autobiographical novel about young love, which appropriately for us is also a travelogue through the peninsula. Kawabata’s story draws deeply on the peninsula’s charms including its many onsen.

This webinar will be 60 minutes followed by Q&As.

This webinar will be recorded and available to view on Vimeo.

Oct 13, 2022 11:00 AM in Osaka, Sapporo, Tokyo

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