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Japan 2-week

Dates

June 30 – July 15, 2021

Subjects

Anime & Manga, Japanese Cinema, Political Science

Deadlines

Dec. 1: Apply Early & Save $100
Feb. 15: Regular Deadline 

Program Overview

The KIIS Japan 2-week program (14 nights in Japan) offers students an opportunity to discover the multi-dimensional image of Japan to gain insight into its complex and dynamic culture and society. The program will visit Nara, Hiroshima, and Kyoto. In addition to regular classes, students will attend Japanese indigo dyeing and calligraphy workshops, and visit the educational institutions and historical and cultural sites. Note: Students should be aware that excursions may be physically strenuous and involve walking several miles at a time.

Language Requirement: None. Courses are taught in English.

Accommodations: Hotels, 2-4 per room.

OrientationMandatory orientation on Saturday, April 17 in Bowling Green, KY. See Orientation for more information.

Directors: Prof. Yoko Hatakeyama, yhatakeyama@murraystate.edu and Dr. Zeli Rivas, rivasz@marshall.edu

Courses

Courses are taught in English and are 3 credit hours. You may enroll in 1 course.

ARC 401 Topics: Introduction to Anime and Manga

Dr. Zeli Rivas

The popularity of Japanese animation (anime) and manga is increasing worldwide. This course introduces students to these contemporary forms by considering anime and manga as literary genres, medium, art, culture, and industry. We will review the history of manga and its animated from AD 1000 to the present, focusing on the period from post-WWII to the present. Course taught in English.

BCOM 481 Topics: Japanese Cinema

Dr. Jason Garrett

This course explores the cinema of Japan, which will in turn offer new perspectives on both cinema history and Japanese culture.  From the inspirational works of Akira Kurosawa to the famous monster movies of Ishiro Honda, and from the subtle and poignant works of Yasujiro Ozu to the lyrical and intimate works of Hirokazu Kore-eda, students will study how the masters of Japanese cinema have influenced cinematic movements across the globe.

PS 460 Topics: Politics of Japan

Dr. Stephen Hess

This course introduces the political institutions and processes that have come to define contemporary Japan. We will explore Japan’s political history, political economy, domestic and foreign policies, and party and electoral politics. We will also examine why Japanese politics have been dominated by a single party, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) since the mid-20th century and why Japan experienced an “economic miracle” in the postwar period but has struggled with economic stagnation and demographic decline in recent decades.

All KIIS course credit is awarded by Western Kentucky University. Prior to your KIIS program, please speak with your home campus academic advisor and/or study abroad office to determine course equivalencies. Grades will be transferred to your home institution in mid-August after the completion of the program. Course offerings are subject to change according to enrollment. For more information, visit Transcripts & Grades.

Program Excursions

Kyoto Neighborhood Walk

When we visit Kyoto, we will tour the neighborhood. We will mainly go to a huge food market, which is called a kitchen of Kyoto.

Himeji Castle

Himeji Castle, which is also known as White Heron Castle due to its elegant white appearance, is both a national treasure and a world heritage site. It has remained intact since it was built 400 years ago. It is considered as the most beautiful castle in Japan.

Hiroshima and Miyajima (UNESCO World Heritage site)

You’ll learn the importance of peace in Hiroshima by visiting the museum and listening to a Hibakusha’s (a victim of the atomic bomb) lecture. Miyajima is considered one of the most beautiful landscapes in Japan. You’ll see the giant red Torii gate and the shrine floating on the water in high tide.  

Ryoan ji

Ryoan-ji is the most famous Japanese Zen garden and a UNESCO World Heritage site. The garden is called a dry garden that consists of white sand and several rocks. You can calmly sit in front of the garden, contemplate, and enjoy the spiritual atmosphere.

What's Included

Program Cost: $3,450 + airfare

Earn 3 Credit Hours

Group Flight (Optional)

Airport Transfers in Japan

Accommodations

Two meals per Day

Groups Excursions & Transport

Japan Rail Pass

Medical Insurance

Security Evacuation Protection

Program Director & Faculty
on-site 24/7

To help you budget, keep in mind that you are responsible for the cost of your textbooks & materials, passport fees ($145), luggage delivery fees (around $40), one meal per day + personal expenses (approx. $300-$500 depending on your spending/shopping preferences), locker fee at Himeji Station (approx. $6), and any fees from your college/university.

Although KIIS tries to foresee all possible expenses in formulating program fees, please note that dramatic fluctuations in foreign currency valuations and/or airline surcharges may affect the total cost of the program.

Group Flight

Estimated Cost: $1,700 – $1,800

The Japan program offers a group flight option where you can travel to/from Japan with other students and faculty. If you choose this option, KIIS will purchase a round-trip flight ticket on your behalf. The flight cost will be added to your final program fee on April 1. The group flight will depart from Cincinnati or Louisville. Visit flights for more information.

If not selecting the group flight, you are responsible to purchase your own roundtrip airfare.

The flight to Japan is overnight arriving the following day. On the return, the flight from Japan to the USA departs and arrives on the same day. Visit Flights and Passports & Visas for more information.

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Dates

June 30 – July 15, 2021

Subjects

Anime & Manga, Japanese Cinema, Political Science

Deadlines

Dec. 1: Apply Early & Save $100
Feb. 15: Regular Deadline 

Program Overview

The KIIS Japan 2-week program (14 nights in Japan) offers students an opportunity to discover the multi-dimensional image of Japan to gain insight into its complex and dynamic culture and society. The program will visit Nara, Hiroshima, and Kyoto. In addition to regular classes, students will attend Japanese indigo dyeing and calligraphy workshops, and visit the educational institutions and historical and cultural sites. Note: Students should be aware that excursions may be physically strenuous and involve walking several miles at a time.

Language Requirement: None. Courses are taught in English.

Accommodations: Hotels, 2-4 per room.

OrientationMandatory orientation on Saturday, April 17 in Bowling Green, KY. See Orientation for more information.

Directors: Prof. Yoko Hatakeyama, yhatakeyama@murraystate.edu and Dr. Zeli Rivas, rivasz@marshall.edu

Courses

Courses are taught in English and are 3 credit hours. You may enroll in 1 course.

ARC 401 Topics: Introduction to Anime and Manga

Dr. Zeli Rivas

The popularity of Japanese animation (anime) and manga is increasing worldwide. This course introduces students to these contemporary forms by considering anime and manga as literary genres, medium, art, culture, and industry. We will review the history of manga and its animated from AD 1000 to the present, focusing on the period from post-WWII to the present. Course taught in English.

BCOM 481 Topics: Japanese Cinema

Dr. Jason Garrett

This course explores the cinema of Japan, which will in turn offer new perspectives on both cinema history and Japanese culture.  From the inspirational works of Akira Kurosawa to the famous monster movies of Ishiro Honda, and from the subtle and poignant works of Yasujiro Ozu to the lyrical and intimate works of Hirokazu Kore-eda, students will study how the masters of Japanese cinema have influenced cinematic movements across the globe.

PS 460 Topics: Politics of Japan

Dr. Stephen Hess

This course introduces the political institutions and processes that have come to define contemporary Japan. We will explore Japan’s political history, political economy, domestic and foreign policies, and party and electoral politics. We will also examine why Japanese politics have been dominated by a single party, the Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) since the mid-20th century and why Japan experienced an “economic miracle” in the postwar period but has struggled with economic stagnation and demographic decline in recent decades.

All KIIS course credit is awarded by Western Kentucky University. Prior to your KIIS program, please speak with your home campus academic advisor and/or study abroad office to determine course equivalencies. Grades will be transferred to your home institution in mid-August after the completion of the program. Course offerings are subject to change according to enrollment. For more information, visit Transcripts & Grades.

Program Excursions

Kyoto Neighborhood Walk

When we visit Kyoto, we will tour the neighborhood. We will mainly go to a huge food market, which is called a kitchen of Kyoto.

Himeji Castle

Himeji Castle, which is also known as White Heron Castle due to its elegant white appearance, is both a national treasure and a world heritage site. It has remained intact since it was built 400 years ago. It is considered as the most beautiful castle in Japan.

Hiroshima and Miyajima (UNESCO World Heritage site)

You’ll learn the importance of peace in Hiroshima by visiting the museum and listening to a Hibakusha’s (a victim of the atomic bomb) lecture. Miyajima is considered one of the most beautiful landscapes in Japan. You’ll see the giant red Torii gate and the shrine floating on the water in high tide.  

Ryoan ji

Ryoan-ji is the most famous Japanese Zen garden and a UNESCO World Heritage site. The garden is called a dry garden that consists of white sand and several rocks. You can calmly sit in front of the garden, contemplate, and enjoy the spiritual atmosphere.

What's Included

Program Cost: $3,450 + airfare

Earn 3 Credit Hours

Group Flight (Optional)

Airport Transfers in Japan

Accommodations

Two meals per Day

Groups Excursions & Transport

Japan Rail Pass

Medical Insurance

Security Evacuation Protection

Program Director & Faculty
on-site 24/7

To help you budget, keep in mind that you are responsible for the cost of your textbooks & materials, passport fees ($145), luggage delivery fees (around $40), one meal per day + personal expenses (approx. $300-$500 depending on your spending/shopping preferences), locker fee at Himeji Station (approx. $6), and any fees from your college/university.

Although KIIS tries to foresee all possible expenses in formulating program fees, please note that dramatic fluctuations in foreign currency valuations and/or airline surcharges may affect the total cost of the program.

Group Flight

Estimated Cost: $1,700 – $1,800

The Japan program offers a group flight option where you can travel to/from Japan with other students and faculty. If you choose this option, KIIS will purchase a round-trip flight ticket on your behalf. The flight cost will be added to your final program fee on April 1. The group flight will depart from Cincinnati or Louisville. Visit flights for more information.

If not selecting the group flight, you are responsible to purchase your own roundtrip airfare.

The flight to Japan is overnight arriving the following day. On the return, the flight from Japan to the USA departs and arrives on the same day. Visit Flights and Passports & Visas for more information.

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