I will be spending 6 weeks in Nagoya this summer. My family will also be with me there. I posted a while ago about the possibility of teaching US students in Japan a course on quality control and a course on Japanese culture and Photography. This is where I would benefit from your input. I will be teaching 5 students a basic course on using photography to capture images that illustrate aspects of the Japanese culture. I have the following questions: 1. What type of equipment should I require of my students? Does it matter if all students [and myself] use film based or digital cameras? What about rangefinder vs. SLR? It may be difficult to require students to buy rangefinder cameras at this stage. <br> <br> 2. If a film based camera is used, should I require B&W film, color or both? I am thinking of having a weekly critique session of their work. <br> <br> 3. Is a textbook necessary for such a course? I could easily teach them the basics of photography and have then write photo essays (journalistic style) on what they see. <br><br> 4. Is a 50mm lens sufficient? Is a tripod needed? Is there any particular equipment that you would suggest? <br><br> 5. To save students some money, should they all buy Fuji film here or in Nagoya? Xray is a possible problem in airports. <br><br> 6. Do you know about certain aspects of Japanes life that "must" be captured? Any useful information will certainly be appreciated.