Classroom and Fields



Towards Peace and Diversity across Languages, Cultures and Religions

Nagasaki is a unique place in Japan where people of different nationalities, languages, cultures and religions have been coexisting for more than 400 years, occasionally with some experiences of conflicts. Based on this historically rich background, the SGHSS offers an interdisciplinary summer program for students to obtain knowledge and skills to cope with the challenges of the increasingly diverse but globalized modern world.



In total, 24 lectures will be provided in four different programs run by the SGHSS. This field school is worth 4 Japanese university credits.

  1. International Public Policy: Political Circumstances that Led to the Uses of Atomic Bombs; Nuclear Disarmament Logic.
  2. Cultural Anthropology: An Ethnographic Approach to a Local Community in Japan; Integration of Chinese Culture in Nagasaki.
  3. Japanese Culture: Christianity in Japan; Diversity of Religions in Japan.
  4. Linguistics: Communication with Japanese People; How Intercultural Contact in Nagasaki Affected the Japanese Language.


Extra-curricular activities

We plan to visit many study sites covering three themes.
  1. Peace Studies: Visit the Atomic Bomb Museum, interview an A-bomb survivor, etc.
  2. Hidden Christianity: Visit designated UNESCO World Heritage sites concerning Hidden Christianity.
  3. Anthropological Fieldwork: Experience life in local communities in Nagasaki.

Course Details


Course Name and Credits

This field school is worth 4 Japanese university credits.

  • International Public Policy
  • Cultural Anthropology
  • Japanese Culture
  • Linguistics



JUNE 29 - JULY 17, 2020 (3 weeks)


Nagasaki University Bunkyo Campus (Nagasaki, Japan)
Unzen, Shimabara, Yukinoura, Shitsu, and Nagasaki city for outreach.

Course Details

This new program will run for three weeks from June 29 - July 17, 2020 in Nagasaki, and is introduced in partnership with the Prefectural Government of Nagasaki and the people of Shitsu and Yukino-ura.
The field school will be directed by Prof. WANG Wei(Study of Chinese Overseas Ethnomusicology); Prof. MASUDA Ken (social anthropology and African Studies); and Prof. AZUMA Fumihiko (international law).

Yukino-ura is a new and popular destination for both young and retired people who long for an alternative way of life in contemporary Japan - a society suffering from neoliberal economic exploitation, social abandonment, and breaking up of traditional social ties. It is where traditional residents and new settlers work together to establish a new community that values human relationships, organic farming, and alternative ways of life outside the framework of normative Japanese society.
In Yukino-ura, local residents are actively involved in creating new and sustainable rural life. By participating in such local projects, we investigate contemporary social problems in Japan, as well as explore the ways in which these projects bring about healing and solutions to people and society.

Peace Studies: Atomic Bomb Museum and Peace Park

Peace studies consist of the following: lectures that explain what atomic bombs are, how and why the second atomic bomb was detonated over Nagasaki, how it devastated the city and its inhabitants and how all people could create a peaceful world not based on the fear of nuclear weapons but trust between different nations; a visit to the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum, the hypocenter and the Peace Park, where we can learn details about the moment the bomb was dropped and the aftermath that ensued; an interview with an atomic bomb survivor to learn from his experience in an effort to ensure that nuclear weapons are never used again.



Hidden Christianity
Shitsu is one of the major historical centers of Japanese Catholicism that went underground between 1612 and 1873, when Christianity was banned by the Edo Shogunate and the Meiji Government. Shitsu is also where Fr. de Rotz (1840-1914), a French Catholic priest, introduced various agricultural and economic projects to empower women in the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century. The village currently has remodeled itself as a major destination for pilgrimage tourism, and is part of the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage called "Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region" (registered in June, 2018).
Unzen (hot spring) Hell was a place used by the Edo Shogunate to torture Christians with the hot spring water. The reason why the Shoguns banned Christianity was because of the fear that the Western powers of that time, Portugal and Spain, were using Christianity to take control of the Japanese people. In fact, Christianity became quite popular among poor farmers around Nagasaki and, in 1637, a group of the farmers guided by a Christian leader, Shiro Amakusa, finally rebelled against the Edo Shogunate by barricading themselves in Hara Castle.