- Sharpen your perceptual and analytical skills through the study of historical and contemporary Japanese visual culture.
- Compare the rich, living traditions in Kyoto with the futuristic, international focus of Tokyo.
- Learn about Japanese art and design in lectures and visits to UNESCO World Heritage Sites, art museums, galleries, and studios of traditional and contemporary craftspeople.
- Practice Zen meditation, participate in a tea ceremony, stroll through a bamboo forest, ride a bullet train, and explore your personal interests in Japanese visual culture.
Course of Study
This course addresses a broad range of Japanese visual culture, including contemporary and historical art, crafts and design. Because it is an education abroad course, students will be completely immersed in visual culture rather than only learning about it remotely in a classroom in Lincoln. The experience of traveling to Japan enables students to see visual culture as part of a whole culture that engages all of the senses. In this ACE course, students will increase their global awareness and sharpen their perceptual and analytical skills through observation, analysis, and interpretation, and will share visual information and cultural experiences in writing, photography and group presentations.
Students will earn three regular UNL credit hours for ARTP 480 or ARTP 880.
This program is open to UNL undergraduate and graduate students in good academic standing. While applications from non-UNL students may be considered, preference will be given to UNL students.
Dana Fritz, Professor of Art specializing in photography and visual literacy, served as a cultural ambassador through a Rotary Foundation Group Study Exchange to Japan in 2000. Since then she has traveled to Japan frequently for research and teaching including the Education Abroad course in 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2016. Her research and creative work are inspired by and often conducted in Japan.
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The city of Kyoto is a perfect blend of old and new and a great introduction to Japan. The Kyoto home base for the course is a Zen temple complex with 21st century accommodations in a traditional Japanese setting.
We will contrast our time in Kyoto with a visit to Tokyo, a metropolitan area of 33 million. A hostel near the world's 2nd busiest train station provides easy access to any neighborhood in the world’s largest city.
Additional information regarding this program can be found on Professor Fritz's webpage. The webpage can be found here.
Accommodations and Other Arrangements
All program participants will fly to and from Japan as a group. Deviations from the group itinerary will not be permitted.
LODGING IN COUNTRY:
In Kyoto, participants will stay at Shunko-in, a sub-temple of Myoshin-ji, the largest temple complex in a city of over 1,600 temples. Accommodations will be traditional and Spartan with futon mattresses on the floor. The Temple offers a shared kitchen and a courtyard with lounge areas to work and relax. Students will be assigned to 2-3 person single gender rooms. In Tokyo, the group will stay at Sakura Hostel, a large international hostel in the bustling neighborhood of Ikebukuro with easy train and subway access.
MEALS in COUNTRY:
The majority of meals will be considered an "out of pocket" expense and are the students' responsibility.
TRANSPORTATION in COUNTRY:
Students will be making extensive use of public transit systems from local buses, trains and subways to high speed long-distance trains.
ACCESS to LAUNDRY FACILITIES:
Laundry facilities are just outside the temple gates in Kyoto and inside the hostel in Tokyo.
ACCESS to WiFi:
There will be free WiFi access in the temple was well as in the hostel in Tokyo. Public WiFi is available in many train and subway stations as well.
DOCUMENTATION REQUIRED for TRAVEL:
All U.S. citizens will need a valid passport
to participate on the program. Non-U.S. citizens
need to research entry requirements specific to the country of destination at the time of applying to the program. Deadline to upload passport to MyWorld: March 16, 2018
HEALTH AND MOBILITY:
Students will be walking up to several miles daily so comfortable walking shoes are essential. Recommended immunizations/medications per CDC
(as of September 11, 2017) include the Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B. CDC recommends that you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot. Please be sure to check the CDC
for additional recommended immunizations.
See the Budget Sheet above (click on "Summer") and the Fund Your Experience page on the Education Abroad website.
Upon confirmation of participation, participants will pay a $1000 commitment deposit. The deposit will be applied to the final program cost balance. If a participant withdraws from a program, the participant will be responsible for any irrecoverable costs associated with the program at the time of withdrawal. The deadline to pay the commitment deposit is February 12, 2018..
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Please see the Education Abroad website for detailed information about financial aid and scholarships.
Below you will find links to resources for travel, health, and safety:
Professor Fritz's Japan Website
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
U.S. Department of State: Travel
U.S. Embassy in Japan
Japanese Embassy in the U.S.
*UNL Education Abroad does not officially endorse, administer, or monitor the content of these links.