Patterson to tour Japanese archipelago by sea

I would like to tell everyone about the current activities of our Research Fellow, Dr. Kirk Patterson, whose primary research interest is Japan’s historic and cultural relationship with the sea, including how the sea has figured in national mythology and why Japan (unlike England, another island nation) did not traditionally view the ocean as providing opportunities for trade, expansion, and exploration. To gather information for articles and a book on this topic, he aims to be the first foreigner to do a full circumnavigation of the Japanese archipelago. He embarked on the first stage of this solo voyage in late April 2012, leaving his hometown of Victoria, B.C., Canada, and sailing to Honolulu, Hawai’i. He will resume the voyage in April 2013. Kirk lived and worked in Japan for 25 years, with his last position being President and Dean of the Japan campus of Temple University, which he carried from near decease into thriving life. Dr. Patterson received his B.A. from the University of Victoria, a Master’s in Urban and Regional Planning from Queen’s University, and a Master’s and Ph.D. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy where I can testify he did outstanding work.

We shall endeavor to keep you informed of the progress of this remarkable physical and intellectual journey.

December 2012

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