IEX J-Term 2018 Japanese Language & Culture in Tokyo
Tokyo, Japan (Outgoing Program)
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Photos courtesy of Matthew Vierzba. Used with permission
This course is designed for students interested in the Japanese culture. By participating in Hosei University Japanese Language and Culture Program and interacting with local people, students who have no previous experience in Japanese language study will develop basic communication skills while more advanced students will further improve their proficiency. All the students will have opportunities for exploring their special areas of interest in the Japanese culture such as history, art, and pop culture.
A few highlights.
- Participate in Hosei University Japanese Language and Culture Program. Hosei University is one of the oldest private universities in Japan, and its campus is located right in the center of Tokyo. (No previous Japanese language experience is required.)
- Explore both super modern (e.g., Shibuya) and very traditional (e.g., Asakusa) parts of Tokyo.
- Travel to Kyoto and Osaka.
- Enjoy great Japanese food: sushi, ramen noodles, tempura, takoyaki (meals are included in the program fee).
- Have some NOT typical tourist experiences to gain deeper understanding of Japan. Examples from previous years include participating in a traditional karate lesson and visiting with a survivor of the bombing of Tokyo during WWII.
- This course meets one of the two IEX (Interim Experience) requirements for all Gustavus students.
Photo from January 2016 course courtesy of Prof. Toshiyuki Sakuragi. Used with permission.
Tokyo is one of the largest cities of the world with the population of over 13 million in its metropolitan area. Despite being such a densely populated city, it is remarkably clean and safe. (The crime rate in Japan is among the lowest in the world.) Winter weather in Tokyo is mild with the average January temperature of High 9.5C (49F) – Low 0.9C (34F). Hosei University, where Japanese language classes take place, is located right in the center of Tokyo; its campus is adjacent to what used to be the moat of Edo Castle. Students will stay at National Olympics Memorial Youth Center. Places in walking distance from the Center include Yoyogi Park (a great place for jogging), Meiji Jingu (the largest Shinto shrine in Tokyo), and Harajuku (the center of youth culture and fashion in Japan). Tokyo has one of the most advanced public transportation systems in the world, and students will learn to explore this amazing city by train, subway, and bus. (All the transportation cost is included in the program fee.)
- One pre-departure meeting: TBA during fall semester 2017 (students who will be away this semester should contact Prof. Sakuragi)
- On-site program: January 16 to February 5, 2018
Students will stay at National Olympics Memorial Youth Center. The accommodation details at the Center for 2018 are still being sorted, but in the previous year, students lived in single rooms with shared bathrooms in the hall. The Center is similar to a typical college dormitory with a few cafeterias, tennis courts, a swimming pool etc.
Toshiyuki Sakuragi -- Dr. Toshiyuki Sakuragi is a professor in the Modern Languages, Literature, and Cultures department and the Japanese Studies program. He most recently led students to Tokyo during J-Term 2017.
The cost for participating in this course primarily consists of international airfare to Japan and the program fee. The program fee is $3,500, which includes most of your expenses within Japan: Japanese language/culture class at Hosei University, accommodations, meals, transportation (train/bus), and excursions and admissions.
This program is open to all admitted Gustavus students (including new first-year students in 2017-18) and is especially well suited to students interested in Japanese language and culture. All participants are expected to have completed their First-Term Seminar, the first Three Crowns course, or the equivalent first-year seminar or introductory writing course at other campuses.
The last-chance application deadline is September 15, 2017. Prof. Sakuragi will interview all applicants.
U.S. citizens do not need a visa to enter Japan for short-term tourist visits. All non-U.S. citizens should check with the CICE for visa-related advising.