Bridgewater State University
Minnock Institute for Global Engagement
Bridgewater, MA 02325
(508) 531-6183
Spring: September 27
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Travel Course: Exploring the Modern and Traditional Arts of Japan

Term To Study: Summer 2020
Application Deadline: Mar 18, 2020
Program Starts: May 19, 2020
Program Ends: Jun 02, 2020
Program Category: One-Country
Program Type: Faculty-led
Program Fee: $3,695
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Contact Phone: 508-531-6183
Contact Name: Study Abroad Office
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What is Included: BSU 3-credit course, international airfare, accommodations, onsite transportation, itinerary activities, and some meals.

All dates are subject to change, +/- 1-3 days
What is not Included: Other meals, baggage fees, if applicable, and spending money
Application fee: $25
Estimated Costs: Program Price: $3,695

Additional Estimated Expenses not included in Program Price:
$25 Application Fee
$100-150 Additional Meals
$50 Airline Baggage Fees, if applicable
$50-$200 Personal Spending Money
Program Description

Faculty Leader:
Prof. Preston Saunders

Undergrad: ARTS 215
Graduate: ARTS 415
Fulfills the following CORE: Writing Intensive, Fine & Performing Arts, Global Culture

All dates are subject to change, +/- 1-3 days

Course Description:
Old and new, traditional and ultra-modern: Japan is a country of amazing and exciting contrasts. For a small island country, Japan offers a fascinating combination of old and new - from modern skyscraper strewn cities, to traditional temples and remote villages where life looks much like it did centuries ago. This study tour concentrates on the traditional villages of Echizen, Kanazawa, and explores the modern world of Tokyo. Echizen is considered one of the six ancient kiln sites and has an 800-year-old history of pottery. Here students will visit museums, participate in a traditional 3-day kiln firing, visit ancient kiln ruins, tour artists’ studio, visit outdoor sculpture garden and learn about Echizens agriculture industry. From there, the course travels to Kanazawa, famous for its traditional cuisine and its production of items used for the traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony. Kanazawa is also known for its renowned outdoor gardens, temples and geisha district. Here students will learn first-hand and participate in a formal tea ceremony from an eleventh generation Tea Master while also visiting numerous contemporary and historical museums and castles. The tour will conclude in the vibrant city of Tokyo, the economic, technical, and political hub of the country, is one of the world’s most vibrant and fascinating capitals. Here we will tour the city seeing the Imperial palace exploring the Tokyo National Museum, visiting the Ginza shopping district and seeing the city from the top of the Tokyo Skytree.

Quick Facts

Population: 127368088
Capital: Tokyo
Per-capita GDP: $ 35200
Size: 377915 km2
Time Zone: (GMT + 09:00 hours) Osaka, Sapporo, Tokyo

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