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Drexel Fall Break in Japan: Iki, Japanese Culture
Tokyo, Japan (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Restrictions: Drexel applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Minimum Language Requirement:
No Requirement
Language of Instruction:
English, Japanese
Minimum Cumulative GPA:
Class Eligibility:
Junior, Pre-Junior, Senior, Sophomore
Eligible Majors:
All Majors
Type of Program:
Intensive Course Abroad
Housing Options:
Program Advisor:
Ahaji Schreffler
Program Description:

The Programtokyo fashion

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”.
Students will learn Japanese culture through Japanese painting techniques and other traditional Japanese art forms. Looking at the traditional Japanese color systems and representation of light in different media will help students to understand Japanese aesthetics in the arts of sculpture, architecture and design.
Students will survey and experience the true Japan by visiting sites that exemplify the old and the new world of Japanese culture and life. The trip will balance visits between the every-day/industries, cultural sites/ museums to get the comprehensive understanding of the Japanese “IKI”.

The program is open to all Drexel majors and will be focusing on cultural exploration with emphasis on the arts, history, fashion, architecture, sites and sound, and people that make Tokyo a unique and influential world city. There will be group assignments as well as group presentations.

The Academics

Project: Theme will be announced in late May/early June. There will be collaborative projects where Drexel students will work with Tamagawa students. Each group will explore different district of Tokyo such as: design, crafts, fashion, architecture and religion. Typical day activities will include lecture in the morning and studio classes and/or site visits in the afternoon. Site visits and field trips are included. Seminars will be taught both in English and Japanese, however students do not need JaIki group dinnerpanese language skills in order to participate.

Credit: 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!

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

2015 Program Calendar

* PLEASE NOTE: This program runs every other year. The next offering is Fall 2017.

Departure: Sept. 5th; Arrival: Sept. 6th
Return: Sept. 16th

Prior to departure, students are required to attend introduction/preparatory sessions during summer term. Sessions may be conducted online. Details TBD. Trip spans 12 days including travel time.

Tentative Itinerary

--Day 1 Sat (Sep 5): Departure for Japan (students must purchase tickets on their own – flight info TBD)

--Day 2, Sun (Sep 6): Arrival Narita International Airport; Shuttle to hotel; Group dinner/meeting

--Day 3, Mon (Sep 7): Classes begin – Japanese Culture 1, Basic Japanese 1;  MIki group photoeet Tamagawa students; campus tour; Short Field trip to Tokyo in the afternoon - sites TBA

--Day 4, Tue (Sep 8):  Japanese Culture 2, Basic Japanese 2; Field trip in the afternoon - sites TBA

--Day 5, Wed (Sep 9): Group excursions to Tokyo 1

--Day 6, Thu (Sep 10): Group excursions to Tokyo 2

--Day 7, Fri (Sep 11): Excursion to Kamakura – Japanese Aesthetic

--Day 8, Sat (Sep 12): Day trip TBA.

--Day 9, Sun (Sep 13): Free day: Optional trip and/or dinners with Japanese family TBA, organized by Tamagawa faculty.

--Day 10, Mon (Sep 14): Collaborative work/production for the final presentation/exhibit work

--Day 11, Tue (Sep 15): Presentation, exhibit of the work; Group dinner

--Day 12, Wed (Sep 16): Depart Japan back to the US

Group Explorations (related assignments)
- Asakusa
- Akihabara/Harajuku
- Ueno
- Tokyo Station - Ichbangai
- Omotesandou

Cultural Field Trips:
- Folk House Museum
- Kawagoe City to learn the architectural style and experience Edo Period (1603-1867)
- Kamakura 

2015 Program fee: $1,590Iki group art

-Due May 1st: $25 application fee + $500 Advanced Payment
-Due July 1st, 2015: $1090 Final Payment
*All program fee payments are only refundable if student is not accepted or program cancels due to low enrollment.

Included in Program Fee:
-10 nights double occupancy lodging in Japan
-In-Country transportation
-Entrance fees (museums, temples, performances, etc.)    
Expenses not included in program fee: approx $2,500
-Airfare: $1,420
-Food: $600
-Side trips/spending money: $500
-Passport: $140
*Please note students are also responsible for purchasing a ticket on the pre-arranged group flight.

Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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