Japan

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Searching Reciprocity in Japan

2018 registration is now open!

Mondays-Fridays from 9:00am to 4:30pm

COURSE DESCRIPTION

We will observe Japan from 1600 to 1868, focusing on various perspectives from the society of the Tokugawa years—also known as the Edo period. We will research Edo’s ecological and reciprocal lifestyle in downtown Tokyo first, and then research the spiritual interrelation between nature and the Ainu people (indigenous people) in Hokkaido. The Ainu have maintained a reciprocal lifestyle with nature and animals. A multi-perspective approach will be used to discuss and analyze the development of the Edo and Ainu societies.

WHAT DOES IT COST?
Approximately $2,900 + airfare

WHAT IS INCLUDED?
– Hotel accommodations (including breakfast)
– Long distance bus fare in Hokkaido
– Domestic airfare in Japan, round trip fare from Tokyo to Hokkaido
– Group visits, activities in Ainu Village
– Theater, Museums, etc.

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?
– Airfare
– $250 Honors College administrative fee
– $175 Office of Study Abroad fee
– FIU tuition
– Passport, and other necessary documents
– Lunches and dinners
– Local transportation fee both in Tokyo and Hokkaido (such as subway fare)
– Personal expenses

WHEN WILL YOU TAKE THE PRE-TRIP CLASS?
2018 spring semester: Wednesdays 2:00 – 3:15pm (hybrid course)

WHEN WILL YOU GO ON THE TRIP?
2018 Summer A: May 21 – June 18

WHAT IS THE FOCUS?
Learn and share the reciprocal and sustainable way of living in downtown Tokyo and Ainu village in Hokkaido. Then experience reciprocal elder care in Tokyo, Ainu tourism and their reciprocal way of living in Akan Kotan.

WHAT WILL YOU DO?
Activities: Searching for Edo’s society, we will explore old towns such as Yanaka, Nezu, Sendagi, Asakusa, and Ryogoku area in Tokyo. Then in Hokkaido, we will visit Sapporo University and attend the Ainu Youth Circle. In Akan Kotan (village) we will learn their traditional craft making, cooking, songs and dances, and experience Akan Ainu people’s spiritual interaction with animals. We will assist elder people’s day service program in Tokyo and Sapporo.

WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?
Edo society’s traditional reciprocity, Ainu people’s traditions and their art, Ainu Villages’ tourism, and their reciprocal models caring for the elder and the children.

WHERE WILL YOU GO?
Tokyo:
Edo Tokyo Museum, Fukagawa Museum, Meiji Jingu, Senso-ji temple, and several Japanese gardens, Kabuki Theater, Sumo museum, and community cafes for elders.

Sapporo:  Hokkaido University Ainu Indigenous Research Center, Hokkaido Ainu Museum, Sapporo University Ainu Project Center. Akan Ainu Village: their Chise (theater), community center, and elementary and middle school, and canoe ride for exploring Akan nature.

WHO WILL BE INTERESTED?
Great for students with interests in Japanese culture and society, Edo period culture, ecology, reciprocal society, indigenous tourism, sociology, anthropology, architecture, theater, art, dance, music, botanical design, agriculture-based economy, religious studies, ecology, cuisine,  environmentalism…There is something for everyone.

HOW DOES IT WORK?
There is a 2018 spring course, (3 credits) and then the trip to Japan in 2018 summer (3 credits). These 6 credits will fulfill one year of Honors College requirements.

PROGRAM DIRECTOR: Masako Kubota (M.A., Asian Studies) is an adjunct instructor of Asian Studies and Modern Languages, teaching Japanese Culture and language. A former advertising executive and founder of non-profit organizations. Masako is highly regarded for her student-centered teaching and pedagogy. Beyond the classroom, she is committed to participating in campus activities that enrich the university experience, such as Japan Immersion Day and the Florida Statewide Japanese Speech and Skit Contest at FIU. In November 2017, she invited seven Ainu artists from Akan Kotan and performed a special event at FIU, exchanging programs between Ainu and Seminole people.

HOW DO YOU REGISTER?

It works on a first come, first served basis! 

Follow these instructions:

  1. Bring a  $250.00 money order or cashier’s check made out to FIU to DM 233. These are the Honors College administrative fees. This payment will secure you a spot in your program of choice.  It is non-refundable, and constitutes a serious commitment to the program.  Registration will remain opened from Monday through Friday (8:30am-4:30pm) until the programs are full.
  2. You will get a receipt, instructions on how to apply online, and the Class Registration Form. You will also have to sign a form
  3. Apply online
  4. Upload  the Class Registration Form to abroad.fiu.edu
  5. The non-refundable  $175 OSA administrative fee will be charged with your first payment.
  6. Below is the schedule of payments** to be followed after you secured your spot with your initial $250 fee:

SCHEDULE OF PAYMENTS:

 
1st Payment*
 
2nd Payment*
  
3rd Payment (*)(***)
  
Program
Deadline
Amount
Deadline
Amount
Deadline
Amount
Total
Costa Rica
Mon, May 1, 2017****
$800
Tue, Aug 1, 2017
$500
Sun, Oct. 1, 2017*
$500
$1,800
France
Sun, Oct 1, 2017
$1,000
Fri, Dec 1, 2017
$1,000
Thu, Feb 1, 2018***
$1,000
$3,000
Italy
Sun, Oct 1, 2017
$1,000
Fri, Dec 1, 2017
$1,000
Thu, Feb 1, 2018***
$1,000
$3,000
Spain
Sun, Oct 1, 2017
$900
Fri, Dec 1, 2017
$900
Thu, Feb 1, 2018***
$700
$2,500
Cambodia-Vietnam
Sun, Oct 1, 2017
$900
Fri, Dec 1, 2017
$800
Thu, Feb 1, 2018***
$700
$2,400
Japan
Sun, Oct 1, 2017
$1000
Fri, Dec 1, 2017
$1,000
Thu, Feb 1, 2018***
$900
$2,900
South Africa
Sun, Oct 1, 2017
$1,500
Fri, Dec 1, 2017
$1,400
Thu, Feb 1, 2018***
$1,000
$3,900

*Non-refundable
**If you fail to make your first payment by the October 1st deadline, you will forfeit your paid administrative fees.
***Non-refundable after February 14, 2018

After you’ve secured your spot at DM 233, make your three payments at Student Financials (SASC Building 1st Floor,) same way you pay for your regular classes. In order to make sure the payment goes towards the program, we strongly recommend you go in person. The charges will be posted 15 days prior to the deadline or earlier.

NOTE: LATE FEES APPLY.

Make an educated decision! Watch the Japan Honors Hour HERE!

For information about Study Abroad scholarships, please contact the Office of Study Abroad (SASC 230) at 305.348.1913 or at edabroad@fiu.edu.

For other questions, please contact Luli Szeinblum at 305.348.1620 or luli.szeinblum@fiu.edu.