Japan

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JAPAN 2018: Searching Reciprocity in Japan

 

REGISTRATION OPENING SOON!  

2017 Japan Flyer1


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) in Hokkaido. 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 $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: January to May

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 serve basis! Only 16 spots available!

 

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 program is 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 October 1, 2017 deadline will forfeit your paid administrative fees, and your spot will go to another student

FINAL SCHEDULE OF PAYMENTS TO BE DETERMINED.

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.

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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.