Drexel Fall Break in Japan: Iki, Japanese Culture
Konnichiwa, Japan Enthusiasts - welcome to the 2019 IKI* program!
This multidisciplinary Tamagawa-Drexel Exchange, open to all undergraduate Drexel students, offers a true Japan experience. Collaborating with Tamagawa University students, the assignments are built to apply students’ design thinking, developing global understanding and communication skills beyond language barriers while visiting exceptional sites exemplifying the old and the new world of Japanese culture and life. Every year the topic changes. The subjects have ranged from art, crafts, culture, urban planning, history, sociology to science and economy. Each student will also be invited to stay with a Japanese family for an overnight homestay experience. This unique, customized and exclusive 12-day trip will prove to be a once in a lifetime opportunity!
The 2019 theme is “Aging, Technology, and Japanese Culture.” Students will learn about the population shift and its impact on the Japanese society, economy and new immigration policies. On-site research will include healthcare facilities in Tokyo focusing on the use of technologies (robotics, artificial intelligence, etc). The program will also visit small communities outside of Tokyo facing aging/population challenges. There will be lectures, discussions, individual group activities as well as large class excursions. Each group will present their final project on the last day of the program, based on their Tamagawa-Drexel collaboration.
*Japanese philosopher Kuki Shuzo (1888-1941) describes the Japanese word “iki” as Japanese sensitivity and/or taste, which are very much connected to Japanese culture and history.
During the summer term, students will be conducting individual research and online group assignments to prepare for our on-site work in Japan. In Japan, Drexel and Tamagawa students will work together (each group will include 2- 3 Tamagawa and 2- 3 Drexel students). While group projects will be our main focus, there will be an individual journal assignment to be completed during the trip as well.
Our 2019 theme is “Aging, Technology, and Japanese Culture” We will learn about the population shift and its impact on the Japanese society, economy and new immigration policies. Our on-site research will include healthcare facilities in Tokyo focusing on the use of technologies (robotics, artificial intelligence, etc). We will also visit small communities outside of Tokyo facing aging/population challenges. There will be lectures, discussions, individual group activities as well as large class excursions. Each group will present their final project on the last day of the program, based on their Tamagawa-Drexel collaboration.
Students will be registered for VSCM T380, Japanese Culture, Aging & Tech for 3 credits as part of their fall term course load. Grading will be based on the quality of the work (individual and group assignments), level of positive participation, collaboration and presentation of student research/work gathered prior to the trip and while in Japan. There is no language prerequisite for this course; all students with 3.0 GPA and above are welcome to apply!
Associate Professor of Graphic Design Program
Westphal College of Media Art and Design
Kristine A Muhorn, PhD, MHSA
Professor and Chair, Health Adminstration Department
This program runs every other year. The next offering is Fall 2021.
Pre and Post-sessions:
Students are required to attend two pre-sessions (at Drexel) and participate in online assignments including individual/group discussions via Google Hangout with the Tamagawa students during the summer term. There will also be a mandatory post sessions during the first or the second week of the fall term to collect all writing assignments for the annual publication (printed via Tamagawa Press).
Arrival: September 8th, 2019 (US departure on September 7th)
Return: Thursday, September 19th, 2019 (same departure and return date due to the time difference)
*Students may extend their travel independently before or after program dates.
Day 1 Sat (Sep 7): Departure for Japan from Newark, NJ (students are recommended to purchase group flight tickets or coordinate* the time of arrival. * it is crucial as the hotel is two hours away from the airport in Tokyo and if you do not arrive on time, you will miss the last bus.
Day 2, Sun (Sep 8): Arrival in Narita International Airport; shuttle bus to hotel; dinner on your own
Day 3, Mon (Sep 9): Program begins – meeting Tamagawa students, program orientation and travel to our first on-site research site in Tokyo.
Day 4, Tue (Sep 10): Visit the hospital and rehab center
Day 5, Wed (Sep 11): Excursion to the countryside - group on-site research 2: local community
Day 6, Thu (Sep 12): Group on-site research 1
Day 7, Fri (Sep 13): Research-site visit and group assignment
Day 8, Sat (Sep 14): Lecture on aging and technology. Students will be spending the evening with the homestay families.
Day 9, Sun (Sep 15): Spend the day with Japanese host families (homestay)
Day 10, Mon (Sep 16): Collaborative work/production of the final presentation and exhibit panels; Special program dinner (Traditional Japanese dinner)
Day 11, Tue (Sep 17): AM: visit with the Tamagawa president; PM: presentation, exhibit of the work, reception
Day 12, Wed (Sep 18): Free day – site seeing
Day 13, Thu (Sep 19): Depart Japan
Due May 1st - $500 Advanced Payment + $25 application fee
Due July 1st - $1,265 Final Payment
All payments are non-refundable unless declined admission or program cancels for unforeseen reasons.
*This program has been subsidized by the Office of Global Engagement
Included in Program Fee:
- 11-night lodging in Japan (hotel)
- In-country transportation (up to $100)
- Chartered bus tour/excursion
- Entrance fees (museums, performances)
- 1 Special Japanese dinner
- Suitcase storage fee
- On-Call Emergency Assistance insurance
Not Included in Program Fee (Estimated):
- Airfare: $1,400
- Food: $400
- Side trips/spending money: $500
- Passport: $135
- *Please note students are also responsible for purchasing a ticket on the pre-arranged group flight.
Field trip references:
- Tokyo metropolitan geriatric hospital, rehabilitation hospital
- Local aging communities in Chiba prefecture (overnight stay)
- Artisans (Crafts)
- Asakusa (Old Japan)
- Meiji Jingu
- Kabuki Theater