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Drexel Fall Break in Japan: Iki, Japanese Culture
Tokyo, Japan
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:
3.0
 Class Eligibility:
Junior, Pre-Junior, Senior, Sophomore
 Eligible Majors:
All Majors
 Type of Program:
Study Tour
 Housing Options:
Hotel
 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.
 
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 Academics

Project: Theme will be announced in late May/early June. There will be collaborative projects where Drexel students will work with Tamagawa students. Typical day activities will include lecture in the morning and studio class in the afternoon. Site visits and field trips are included. Seminars will be taught both in English and Japanese, however students do not need Japanese language skills in order to participate.

Credit: Students will be registered for VSCM 465, 3 credits as part of their fall 2013 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!
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About the Instructor: Shushi Yoshinaga is Associate Professor of Graphic Design Program at Westphal College of Media Art and Design, Drexel University.

2013 Program Calendar

* PLEASE NOTE: This program runs every other year. Next trip will take place Fall 2015

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.

Departure: Sept. 7th; Arrival: Sept. 8th
Return: Sept. 18th

 

Tentative Itinerary

Day 1 Sat (Sep 7): Departure for Japan (students must purchase tickets on the pre-arranged group flight.)

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Day 2, Sun (Sep 8): Arrival Narita International Airport; Shuttle to hotel; Group dinner/meeting
 
Day 3, Mon (Sep 9): Classes begin – Japanese Culture – Japanese (Edo and Miyabi) Aesthetics.
Lecture/seminar/demonstration at Tamagawa University in the morning (9AM-12PM).
Meet the Tamagawa students, campus tour.
Short Field trip to Tokyo in the afternoon, sites: ASAKUSA
 
Day 4, Tue (Sep 10): Japanese Culture – Japanese (Contemporary/Now) Aesthetics.
Lecture/seminar/demonstration at Tamagawa University in the morning (9AM-12PM).
Field trip to Tokyo in the afternoon, sites: TBA, Museums/Architecture
 
Day 5, Wed (Sep 11): Excursion to Tokyo 1
Field trip with Tamagawa students.
sites: TBA, Museums/Industries/Studios.
 
Day 6, Thu (Sep 12): Excursion to Nikko  – Japanese (Traditional) Aesthetic
Day trip with Tamagawa students.
 
Day 7, Fri (Sep 13): Excursion to Kamakura – Japanese Aesthetic
Day trip with Tamagawa students.
 
Day 8, Sat (Sep 14): Free sightseeing in Tokyo (off with the project partners, Anime)
Dinners with Japanese family: TBA, organized by Tamagawa faculty
 
Day 9, Sun (Sep 15): Collaborative work/production for the final presentation/exhibit work
Free sightseeing in Tokyo (off with the project partners, Harajuku).
Dinners with Japanese family: TBA, organized by Tamagawa faculty.
 
Day 10, Mon (Sep 16): Collaborative work/production for the final presentation/exhibit work
 
Day 11, Tue (Sep 17): Presentation, exhibit of the work
Group dinner
 
Day 12, Tue (Sep 18): Depart Japan return flight to the US

 

2013 Program fee: $1,680

-Due June 1st: $25 application fee + $500 Advance Payment
-Due July 15th, 2013: $1180 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.)     tokyo tower
    
Expenses not included in program fee: approx $2,500
-Airfare: $1,300
-Food: $500
-Evacuation insurance: $36
-Books/supplies: $30
-Misc:   $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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