Professor Reynolds is a really nice guy with a deep enthusiasm for Japanese culture and art, but unfortunately this isn't enough to make him a stimulating professor. He never really asks provocative questions, steers seminar conversations (his usual response to comments is "uh huh") or challenges the class in new or exciting ways. His favorite word is "helpful" and you will hear it used in a variety of ways throughout the semester, ie. "was this reading helpful?" "i thought this image was very helpful.." I believe that he has a lot of experience and knowledge about the subject matter; maybe if he gave his students a little more credit, stopped babying them, and let us bite into each lesson, the class wouldn't just feel like a 4-month-long snooze.