Japan

JAPAN: Searching Reciprocity in Japan

 

REGISTRATION IS CLOSING SOON! Only 3 spots left!

 

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COURSE DESCRIPTION

We will observe Japan from 1600 to 1868, focusing on a variety of perspectives from the society of 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 Japan.) The Ainu people have kept a reciprocal life style with nature and animals in Hokkaido. A multi-perspective approach will be used to discuss and analyze the development of the Edo and Ainu society.

WHAT DOES IT COST?
Approximately $3,000 + airfare

WHAT IS INCLUDED?
– Hotel accommodations (including breakfast)
– Long distant 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?
2017 spring semester: January to May

WHEN WILL YOU GO ON THE TRIP?
2017 Summer A: May 22 – June 19

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 crafts 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 Stable, 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.

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, dances, music, botanical design, agriculture-based economy, religious studies, ecology, cuisine,  environmentalism…There is something for everyone.

HOW DOES IT WORK?
There is a 2017 spring course, (3 credits) and the trip to Japan in 2017 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 a non-profit organization, 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 Cool Japan @ FIU, Japan Immersion Day and the Florida Statewide Japanese Speech and Skit Contest at FIU. On summer 2016 she will visit the Ainu Village to continue her research on Ainu women. She will also set up an exchange program between the Ainu people, FIU, and the Seminole tribe.

HOW DO YOU REGISTER?

It works on a first come, first serve basis! Only a few spots left!

 

Follow these step-by-step 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 the program. It is non-refundable, so be aware that you are seriously committing 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. Go to the Office of Study Abroad (OSA) in SASC 230, and turn in a $175.00* money order or cashier’s check made out to FIU and the Class Registration Form you’ve received on the day you secured your spot. These are OSA’s administrative fees
  5. Below is the schedule of payments you need to follow after you’ve secured your spot with your initial $250 fee:
    **Failure to make your first payment by the September 6 deadline will forfeit your paid administrative fees, and your spot will go to another student

FINAL SCHEDULE OF PAYMENTS (It has changed!):  

 
1st Payment*
 
2nd Payment*
 
3rd Payment
 
Program
Date
Amount
Date
Amount
Date
Amount
Costa Rica
Mon, May 2, 2016
$700
Mon, Aug 29, 2016
$500
Mon, Oct. 24, 2016*
$500
France
One week after securing your spot
$1,250
Tue, Nov 1, 2016
$1,250
Wed, Feb 1, 2017***
$1,000
Italy
One week after securing your spot
$1,250
Tue, Nov 1, 2016
$1,250
Wed, Feb 1, 2017***
$1,000
Spain
One week after securing your spot
$1,000
Tue, Nov 1, 2016
$1,000
Wed, Feb 1, 2017***
$1,000
Vietnam/Cambodia
One week after securing your spot
$700
Friday, Jan 20, 2017
$700
Wed, Feb 1, 2017***
$600
Japan
One week after securing your spot
$1000
Friday, Jan 20, 2017
$1,000
Wed, Feb 1, 2017***
$1,000
South Africa
One week after securing your spot
$1250
Tue, Nov 1, 2016
$1,250
Wed, Feb 1, 2017***
$1,000
Failure to make your deadline payments will forfeit your paid administrative fees, and your spot will go to another student
* Non-refundable
**Non-refundable after February 13, 2017


Please bring the first payment to our office, DM 233, and the second and third one to Student Financials either online or in person, same way you pay your regular classes.  The charges will be posted 15 days prior to the deadline.

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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.