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  • Locations: Tokyo, Japan
  • Program Terms: Fall
  • Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Minimum Language Requirement: No Requirement Language of Instruction: English, Japanese
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0 Class Eligibility: Junior, Pre-Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Type of Program: Intensive Course Abroad Program Advisor: Ahaji Schreffler
Program Description:
Program Overview | Academics | Program Calendar | Program Fee | More Information

Drexel Fall Break in Japan: Iki, Japanese Culture

Japan Iki Group Photo

Program Overview

“IKI”, Japanese Culture: Japanese philosopher Kuki Shuzo (1888-1941) describes the Japanese word “iki” as Japanese sensitivity and/or taste, which are very much connected to the Japanese culture and history. As a rough English translation it can be described as the “essence of Japan”.
Konnichiwa - Hello, Japan Enthusiasts! 2017 year marks Drexel’s fifth IKI cultural exchange with Tamagawa University students and it has been extended one extra day by popular demand! This course includes extraordinary excursions: taking the bullet train to Ise Jingu (Ise Shrine with a 2,000 year history), southwest of Tokyo as well as the contemporary Tokyo. Traveling with Tamagawa students and collaborating on daily on-site research and discussion with Japanese students will offer a real global learning and leadership experience. Each Drexel student will also be invited to stay with a Japanese family for an overnight homestay experience. This unique, customized, and exclusive program will prove to be a once in a lifetime opportunity!


Course Requirements
During the summer term, students will be conducting individual research and online group assignments to prepare for on-site work in Japan. In Japan, Drexel and Tamagawa students will work together (each group will include 2- 3 students from both Tamagawa and Drexel). While group projects will be the main focus, there will be an individual journal assignment to be completed during the study abroad course as well.

Project Japan Iki Meal
There will be lectures, discussions, individual group activities as well as large class excursions. This year’s group project will be designed around the Ise Shrine: its history, tradition, architectural and cultural sustainability, relationship to the surrounding towns and cities of Ise, and its tourism management and marketing strategies. Each group will prepare their final presentation based on their research and experience for the last day of the program.

Students will be registered for VSCM 465, 3 credits as part of their fall term course load. This 3 credits will be based on the level of participation, collaboration and presentation of student research/work gathered while in Japan.  There is no prerquisite for this course, all students are welcome to apply!

Shushi Yoshinaga is Associate Professor of Graphic Design Program at Westphal College of Media Art and Design, Drexel University.

Program Calendar

*Please note: This program runs every other year. The next offering is Fall 2019.

Japan Iki Group Presentation

Pre and Post-sessions:
Students are required to attend pre-sessions as well as two orientations during the summer term. Sessions may be conducted online. Details TBD. There will be one post session during the first or the second week of the fall term.

Arrival: Sunday September 10th (US departure on September 9th)

Return: Thursday, September 21st 
*Students may extend their travel independently before or after program dates.

Tentative Itinerary

Day 1 

Departure for Japan
(students must purchase tickets on their own – flight info TBD)

Day 2 

Arrival in Narita International Airport; Shuttle bus to hotel
Dinner on your own

Day 3 

Classes begin – meeting Tamagawa students and travel to Ise via bullet train

Day 4 

Ise on-site research 1

Day 5 

Ise on-site research 2

Day 6 

Ise on-site research 3, return to Toyo via bullet train

Day 7 

AM: lecture on energy issues in Japan;
PM: visiting bio lettuce - LED lab in Tamagawa University

Day 8 

Group trip; PM: meeting Japanese host families (homestay)

Day 9 

Spend the day with host families and return to the hotel in the evening

Day 10 

Collaborative work/production of the final presentation and exhibit panels; Drexel group dinner (Traditional Japanese dinner)

Day 11 

AM: visit with the Tamagawa president;
PM: presentation, exhibit of the work, reception

Day 12 

Tokyo bus tour

Day 13 Depart Japan

2017 Program Fee - $1,735Japan Iki Ise Shrine

Due May 1st - $500 Advanced Payment + $25 application fee
Due July 1st - $1,235 Final Payment
*All payments are non-refundable unless declined admission or program cancels for unforeseen reasons.

Included in Program Fee:

- 11 nights double occupancy lodging in Japan*
- In-country transportation (local and bullet trains)
- 4 taxi rides in Ise
- Entrance fees (museums, temple, shrine, performances)
- 1 Special Japanese dinner
- Tokyo bus tour
- Suitcase storage fee
- On-Call Evacuation insurance
* 3 nights in Ise include breakfast and dinner

Not Included in Program Fee:

  • Airfare: $1,420
  • Food: $600
  • Side trips/spending money: $500
  • Passport: $135
  • *Please note students are also responsible for purchasing a ticket on the pre-arranged group flight.

More Information

Field Trip Sites
- Ise Jingu:
- Shinjuku Hanazono Shrine
- National Stadium in Tokyo (2020 Olympic)
- Asakusa
- Meiji Jingu
- Harajuku

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.

This program is currently not accepting applications.