Searching Reciprocity in Japan
VERY IMPORTANT : READ NEW GUIDELINES TO SECURE YOUR SPOT and the Honors Study Abroad Programs policies at the bottom of the page!
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.
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WHAT DOES IT COST?
Approximately $2,500 + 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?
– $350 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?
2019 spring semester: TBA (hybrid course)
WHEN WILL YOU GO ON THE TRIP?
2019 Summer A: May 20, 2019 – June 13, 2019
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 2019 spring course, (3 credits) and then the trip to Japan in 2019 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 we secure our spot and keep it? It works on a first-come, first-served basis! NEW GUIDELINES!!!
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 get a receipt, instructions on how to apply online, and the Class Registration Form. You will also have to sign a contract
- Apply online at abroad.fiu.edu
- The Office of Study Abroad (OSA) charges a non-refundable $175 administrative fee. It will be added to your second payment
- 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, 2019
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 pay in person. The charges will be posted 15 days prior to the deadline or earlier.
NOTE: LATE FEES APPLY.
Registration will remain open from Monday through Friday (9:30am-4:30pm) until the programs are full.
For information about Study Abroad Scholarships, please contact the Office of Study Abroad (SASC 230) at 305.348.1913 or at email@example.com.