Tokyo, Japan | FALL QUARTER 2019

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Japan offers a rich environment of arts, culture and history where centuries-old traditions exist in contrast with ultra-modern life-styles. What will you find in Tokyo? Sumo wrestling, Kabuki Theater, ancient castles and temples dating back to the days of the Samurai warriors? Yes, but how about some trendy (wild and crazy) Tokyo street fashions in the Harajuku district, the latest in high technology, electronics and gadgetry, anime and a city that never sleeps? Tokyo has many faces and each neighborhood is unique with its own distinct character. Thankfully, Japan has one of the most efficient and impressive mass transportation systems in the world. High speed bullet and local trains connect to subways and buses providing speedy and convenient access to all these major points of interest. From the elegant Ginza shopping district, historical Asakusa, to the trend-setting Harajuku and Shinjuku wards, the fascination is endless.

Contrary to most Study Abroad programs where students travel alone to faraway places, in this program you are part of a cohort group of 25-30 students from Green River College and other community colleges in Washington State.

This is a study program so you must carry a three-course, 15-credit load, and are expected to fully participate in all activities.

Please print, fill out, sign, and bring completed forms to the Study Abroad Office (Snohomish Hall Room 301)

WCCCSA Preliminary Application

Patrick Navin, an experienced Green River faculty member, will lead the group and teach the curriculum along with local faculty members. Local program managers will serve as hosts and advisors and will arrange for Japanese students to serve as campus attendants. These students will assist with language, customs and cultural adjustments and city exploration. It is a great opportunity to practice their English, so everybody wins!

Art Appreciation (5 credits) gives you understanding of artwork and styles across time and cultures of the world, with a special emphasis on Japanese art. Introduces the basic elements and principles of art and the media with which artists create through themes such as visual culture, entertainment, technology, nature, mortality and immortality, mind and body, sexuality, and power and politics. Explicit connections between art and daily life will be examined and suggestions for interacting with it will be provided. Tokyo offers an extremely large number of art museums and galleries, which will complement our classroom education.

Beginning Digital Photography (5 credits) introduces the aesthetic and technical theories and techniques of digital photography, Through classroom instruction and fieldtrips to exciting Tokyo neighborhoods such as Harajuku, Akihabara, Shinjuku and Tsukiji fish market, you will learn about camera and lens operation, memory cards, file formats, exposure, white balance, composition, lighting, creativity, and image editing software. You will also visit various Tokyo photography museums and galleries. The course requires a digital camera and laptop computer.

Peoples of the World-Japanese Culture (5 credits) offers an introduction to Japanese society and culture by examining its history, people and traditions. You will engage in critical discussions about the differences between American and Japanese cultures. This course facilitates student orientation to Japan and will provide essential conversational Japanese language skills needed to communicate in basic daily life. Cultural and language activities may include welcome, Halloween, and sayonara parties, a game night, field trips to shrines, temples, museums, pop culture centers and neighborhoods, a school festival, sports festival, food, movies, music and daily interaction with your Japanese student campus attendant friends.

The program includes cultural activities and several organized field trips which may include:

  • Harajuko: Meiji Shinto-Jingu, Yoyogi Park, Takeshita-Dori and Omotesando Street
  • Shibuya
  • Shinjuku and Shinjuku Koen Photography galleries
  • Asakusa: Senso-Ji, Asakusa-Jinja and strolling Nakamise-dori
  • Ueno: Ueno=Koen, Tokyo National Museum and the Ameya-Yokocho
  • Ebisu: Tokyo Metropolitan museum of Photography, Dainen-Ji
  • Roppongi: Roppongi Hills, Mori Art Museum
  • Akihabara Electric Town
  • Mt. Takao, Kamakura

While at Kogakuin University, Hachioji Campus, you will live in shared apartments contracted by the university. These are small Japanese-style lodgings with futons, a kitchenette and a bathroom. You will share an apartment with other students in the group. Housing accommodations are subject to change on availability.

Program Fee: $6,500.00 - INCLUDES AIRFARE (Land-only option: $5,500 excludes airfare and airport transfers) 

(A $450 deposit is required to be paid with your application (non-refundable). 

INCLUDED IN COST:

  • Round trip group airfare on program dates Seattle/Tokyo/Seattle
  • Group transfers to/from Narita airport
  • Student housing accommodations while at Kogakuin University
  • Arrival and farewell parties
  • Some cultural activities and excursions
  • Pre-departure and arrival orientations
  • Student basic medical insurance

NOT INCLUDED IN COST: 

  • College tuition and books
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Meals
  • Curriculum activities admissions
  • Local transportation
  • Personal and entertainment expenses/independent travel
  • US and Japanese airport fees and taxes
  • Anything unspecified in program

Program Dates: Approximately September 25-December 5, 2019

Program Fee Due: Approximately July 6, 2019

*Late applications subject to program availability plus $100 late fee.

To find out more, make an appointment with your study abroad advisor!