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Japan

Dates

May 28 – June 27, 2022

Subjects

Asian Studies, Japanese Language & Culture, Political Science, Religious Studies

Deadlines

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

Program Overview

The KIIS Japan program offers students an opportunity to discover the multidimensional image of Japan to gain insight into its complex and dynamic culture and society. The program will visit Nara, Tokyo, Nikko, Hiroshima, and Kyoto. In addition to regular classes, students will attend flower arranging and calligraphy workshops, and visit the educational institutions and historical and cultural sites. Students also will experience an 8-day homestay in Nara. Note: Students should be aware that excursions may be physically strenuous and involve walking several miles at a time.

Language Requirement JAPN 210 requires 12 credit hours of college-level Japanese or the equivalent at time of departure.

Accommodations: Hotels, 2-4 per room / Homestay, 1-2 per family (portion of program).

OrientationMandatory orientation on Saturday, April 9, 2022 in Bowling Green, KY. See Orientation for more information.

Courses

Courses are taught in English except JAPN 210. All courses are 3 credit hours. You may enroll in 1-2 courses.

JAPN 210 Intermediate Japanese Conversation Abroad

Prof. Yoko Hatakeyama

To develop the vocabulary and oral communication skills of the student with a background of one year of college Japanese or equivalent. Emphasis will be placed on bringing the student into contact with the Japanese people and various aspects of their culture.

PS 460 Topics: United States-Japan Foreign Policy

Dr. Lauren McKee

This course will serve as an introduction to the process and content of foreign relations between the United States and Japan. Reaching back to the beginnings of this relationship in the mid-1850s, students will learn the historical context of this relationship spanning from contact with Commodore Matthew Perry in the 1850s, through Japan’s Meiji Restoration, WWI and WWII, to the post-war treaties and contemporary relationship between the U.S. and its greatest ally in East Asia.

PS 460 Topics: Japanese Food Politics

Dr. Lauren McKee

Food and politics are never very far apart. In Japan, food has much to say about society and politics; economics and trade; male and female roles; national identities; regional disputes; and global forces. This class explores the politics of Japanese food both as a domestic product and global commodity by relating consumption to economic flows, cultural practice, foreign policy, and globalization.

RELS 399 Topics: Buddhism in Japan

Dr. Jeff Richey

This course offers an introduction to the ideas, imagery, institutions, and practices of Buddhism in Japan, including its relationships with Confucian, Daoist, and Shintō traditions.  Through analysis of hagiographical, ritual, and scriptural texts (in English translation), examination of art and architecture, and visits to religious sites and museum collections, students will develop a basic understanding of the unity and diversity of Buddhist spirituality in Japan.

ARC 401/RELS 399 Topics: Nara Period Japan

Dr. Jeff Richey

This course explores the art, history, literature, politics, and religion of Japan during the Nara period. During this time, Japan experienced sudden, intense, and lasting artistic, political, religious, and social changes. Through the examination of images, sites, structures, and texts of this period in the city of Nara and elsewhere in Japan, as well as the reading and discussion of a classic graphic novel, students will develop an informed understanding of this formative era and its cultural legacies in Japan.

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.

Homestay

The homestay is a highlight of the Japan program. You learn Japanese culture and language first hand living with a Japanese family. You’ll do a variety of activities with your host family, and at the end of the homestay you’ll feel that you’ve established the second home in Japan.

Elementary School Visit

You’ll learn about the Japanese educational system through a visit to an elementary school. We interact with children in classroom, eat a school lunch and enjoy recess with them, and experience a school cleaning, which is a part of Japan’s elementary education.

Flower Arranging

You will experience a traditional flower-arranging lesson from members of the Nara Flower Arrangement Association. You will see how cut flowers are given life by an artistic technique.

Todai-ji, Nigatsudo and Kasuga Taisha

Todai-ji, where world's largest bronze statue of the Buddha is housed, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We enjoy a beautiful walking path to Nigatsudo and Kasuga Taisha from Todai-ji, surrounded by the Wakakusa Mountain and a lot of deer.

What's Included

Program Cost: $4,725 + airfare

Earn up to 6 Credit Hours

Group Flight (Optional)

Airport Transfers in Japan

Accommodations

2 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 obtaining passport ($145), one meal per day + personal expenses (approx. $600-$1000 depending on your food tastes/spending habits), luggage delivery fee and locker fee at Himeji Station (approx. $46), pre-departure (in USA) Covid-19 test and on-site (KIIS location abroad) Covid-19 test to return home, any class readings/materials, 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: $1,550 – $1,650

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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Description

Dates

May 28 – June 27, 2022

Subjects

Asian Studies, Japanese Language & Culture, Political Science, Religious Studies

Deadlines

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

Program Overview

The KIIS Japan program offers students an opportunity to discover the multidimensional image of Japan to gain insight into its complex and dynamic culture and society. The program will visit Nara, Tokyo, Nikko, Hiroshima, and Kyoto. In addition to regular classes, students will attend flower arranging and calligraphy workshops, and visit the educational institutions and historical and cultural sites. Students also will experience an 8-day homestay in Nara. Note: Students should be aware that excursions may be physically strenuous and involve walking several miles at a time.

Language Requirement JAPN 210 requires 12 credit hours of college-level Japanese or the equivalent at time of departure.

Accommodations: Hotels, 2-4 per room / Homestay, 1-2 per family (portion of program).

OrientationMandatory orientation on Saturday, April 9, 2022 in Bowling Green, KY. See Orientation for more information.

Courses

Courses are taught in English except JAPN 210. All courses are 3 credit hours. You may enroll in 1-2 courses.

JAPN 210 Intermediate Japanese Conversation Abroad

Prof. Yoko Hatakeyama

To develop the vocabulary and oral communication skills of the student with a background of one year of college Japanese or equivalent. Emphasis will be placed on bringing the student into contact with the Japanese people and various aspects of their culture.

PS 460 Topics: United States-Japan Foreign Policy

Dr. Lauren McKee

This course will serve as an introduction to the process and content of foreign relations between the United States and Japan. Reaching back to the beginnings of this relationship in the mid-1850s, students will learn the historical context of this relationship spanning from contact with Commodore Matthew Perry in the 1850s, through Japan’s Meiji Restoration, WWI and WWII, to the post-war treaties and contemporary relationship between the U.S. and its greatest ally in East Asia.

PS 460 Topics: Japanese Food Politics

Dr. Lauren McKee

Food and politics are never very far apart. In Japan, food has much to say about society and politics; economics and trade; male and female roles; national identities; regional disputes; and global forces. This class explores the politics of Japanese food both as a domestic product and global commodity by relating consumption to economic flows, cultural practice, foreign policy, and globalization.

RELS 399 Topics: Buddhism in Japan

Dr. Jeff Richey

This course offers an introduction to the ideas, imagery, institutions, and practices of Buddhism in Japan, including its relationships with Confucian, Daoist, and Shintō traditions.  Through analysis of hagiographical, ritual, and scriptural texts (in English translation), examination of art and architecture, and visits to religious sites and museum collections, students will develop a basic understanding of the unity and diversity of Buddhist spirituality in Japan.

ARC 401/RELS 399 Topics: Nara Period Japan

Dr. Jeff Richey

This course explores the art, history, literature, politics, and religion of Japan during the Nara period. During this time, Japan experienced sudden, intense, and lasting artistic, political, religious, and social changes. Through the examination of images, sites, structures, and texts of this period in the city of Nara and elsewhere in Japan, as well as the reading and discussion of a classic graphic novel, students will develop an informed understanding of this formative era and its cultural legacies in Japan.

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.

Homestay

The homestay is a highlight of the Japan program. You learn Japanese culture and language first hand living with a Japanese family. You’ll do a variety of activities with your host family, and at the end of the homestay you’ll feel that you’ve established the second home in Japan.

Elementary School Visit

You’ll learn about the Japanese educational system through a visit to an elementary school. We interact with children in classroom, eat a school lunch and enjoy recess with them, and experience a school cleaning, which is a part of Japan’s elementary education.

Flower Arranging

You will experience a traditional flower-arranging lesson from members of the Nara Flower Arrangement Association. You will see how cut flowers are given life by an artistic technique.

Todai-ji, Nigatsudo and Kasuga Taisha

Todai-ji, where world's largest bronze statue of the Buddha is housed, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We enjoy a beautiful walking path to Nigatsudo and Kasuga Taisha from Todai-ji, surrounded by the Wakakusa Mountain and a lot of deer.

What's Included

Program Cost: $4,725 + airfare

Earn up to 6 Credit Hours

Group Flight (Optional)

Airport Transfers in Japan

Accommodations

2 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 obtaining passport ($145), one meal per day + personal expenses (approx. $600-$1000 depending on your food tastes/spending habits), luggage delivery fee and locker fee at Himeji Station (approx. $46), pre-departure (in USA) Covid-19 test and on-site (KIIS location abroad) Covid-19 test to return home, any class readings/materials, 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: $1,550 – $1,650

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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