The International Quilt Museum alongside Saitama University teamed up with University of Nebraska–Lincoln students earlier this summer for an opportunity to explore nutrition, culture and textile arts in Japan.
Hanson, who was teaching a Museum Studies class with Saitama professor and UNL alum, Nao Nomura, connected with the university education abroad tour leaders, Shinya Takahashi and Linda Young of the College of Education and Human Sciences, to make the meet-up happen.
During their two-week trip, the students examined how diet, physical activity, exercise habits and culture influence individuals’ well-being in the United States and Japan. The trip included a variety of activities intended to introduce the students to Japanese culture while emphasizing interactions with the people of Japan. Students participated in a Judo lesson, Zen meditation and rice planting. They also made visits to the Japan Institute of Sports Sciences, the 2021 summer Olympic games stadium, two universities (including the Tokyo University of Agriculture), and a middle school and high school.