Searching Reciprocity in Japan
READ THE GUIDELINES TO SECURE YOUR SPOT and the 2020 Honors Study Abroad Programs policies at the bottom of the page!
A trip to Japan which offers wide-ranging and unique learning experiences. We will visit Sapporo University to learn about Ainu Culture through their Urespa Project, an Ainu youth support project. We shall also visit Waseda University’s Global Studies in Japanese Culture Program (JCuIP) to share our experience on Linguistic Landscapes. Students will also learn and share “RECIPROCITY” through excursions, these will include:
- Matsuyama – pilgrimage to temples
- Hiroshima – Peace Park
- Akan-Kotan – spiritual Ainu arts and festivals with Ainu locals
Tokyo, our last stop has intertwined culture of traditional Edo, and modern world industries. We will experience the exciting city that welcomes “2020 Tokyo Olympics.”
Make an educated decision! Check out the March 20, 2019 Study Abroad Honors Hour on the Japan program HERE!
LEVEL OF PHYSICAL ACTIVITY:
WHAT DOES IT COST?
Approximately $2,300 + airfare
WHAT IS INCLUDED?
– Hotel accommodations (including breakfast)
– Long distance bus fare in Hokkaido
– Domestic airfare in Japan: Hiroshima to Sapporo & Kushiro(Akan) to Tokyo
– Group activities in Ainu Village
– Tickets for: theater, museums, etc.
– Local transportation fees in Tokyo and Sapporo (subway fare, etc)
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED?
– $350 Honors College administrative fee
– $175 Office of Study Abroad fee
– FIU tuition
– Passport, and other necessary documents
– Lunches and dinners
– Personal expenses
WHEN WILL YOU TAKE THE PRE-TRIP CLASS?
2020 Spring semester: Wednesday, 2:00-3:15PM (hybrid course)
WHEN WILL YOU GO ON THE TRIP?
2020 Summer A: May 18, 2020 – June 12, 2020
WHAT IS THE FOCUS?
This trip offers students inimitable experiences to learn and share “RECIPROCITY” by visiting five distinguished cities. The focus of the program would be sharing our culture with people in Japan. In each place, carefully designed activities will motivate students to engage in the concept of our trip. For instance, in the spring class, we will research Seminole tribe history and culture to share with Ainu people, and research Miami Linguistic Landscape to compare with Tokyo Landscape with Waseda students.
WHAT WILL YOU DO?
The activities to be included to just name a few:
- a field trip with Waseda students
- Kabuki viewing in Ginza
- learn Haiku from a Haiku master
- Visiting Edo Tokyo museum
- Canoeing at Akan lake
- trying on armor at a 400 year-old castle
Above these exciting activities, the unique experience is learning traditional dances and songs by Ainu elders at Akan Ainu village where we will stay 6 nights.
WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?
With a carefully designed itinerary and activities, students will learn study and share about Japanese “RECIPROCITY” imbedded deeply in Japanese society. Most importantly, after students learn and share Japanese “RECIPROCITY” they will implement its value between friends and in their daily lives.
WHERE WILL YOU GO?
We will visit five cities.
1) Matsuyama 2) Hiroshima 3) Sapporo 4) Akan Kotan (Ainu village) 5) Tokyo
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 2020 spring course, (3 credits) and then the trip to Japan in 2020 summer (3 credits). These 6 credits will fulfill one year of Honors College requirements.
Masako Kubota (M.A., Asian Studies) is an adjunct instructor of Asian Studies and Modern Languages, teaching Japanese Culture, language and East Asian history and societies. 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 Dayand the Florida Statewide Japanese Speech and Skit Contestat 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 we secure our spot and keep it? It works on a first-come, first-served basis!
Follow these instructions:
- Get clearance to do the program from one of our Honors Academic Advisors. For STEM students, your advisors are Brenda Luna (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Patric Hambleton (email@example.com.) Non-STEM students must see Grisel d’Elena (firstname.lastname@example.org.) Call 305-348-4100 and ask for an advising appointment. Indicate it is regarding Study Abroad. You must have an advisor’s clearance when you go see Luli to secure your spot!
- Bring to DM 233 a $350.00 money order or cashier’s check (ONLY) made out to FIU. 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
- You will apply online, get a receipt, and the Class Registration Form. You will also have to sign a contract.
- The Office of Study Abroad (OSA) charges a non-refundable $175 (possibly $195) administrative fee. It will be posted along with your second payment and they can be paid together.
- In order to keep your good standing with the program, comply with the Honors Study Abroad Policies and deadlines at the bottom of this page.
Below is the schedule of payments to be followed after you secured your spot with your initial $350 fee:
Schedule of Payments:
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**Non-refundable after February 14, 2020
After you’ve secured your spot at DM 233, make your 3 payments at Student Financials (SASC Building 1st Floor.) In order to make sure the payment goes towards the program and NOT to cover other balances you may have, we strongly recommend you pay in person. Make sure to tell the cashier you are paying your Honors Study Abroad program, and which one is it (E.g. Honors Japan program, Honors UK program, etc.) The charges will be posted to your my.fiu.edu account approximately 21 days prior to the deadline or earlier.
NOTE: LATE FEES APPLY.