Status: Scheduled for 2014

Community and Everyday Life in Japan

Kyoto, Japan

Arrive Date: 6/29/2013    End Date: 7/28/2013

Program Overview

Get to know Japan by experiencing its traditional and popular culture, meeting with organizations and people focused on improving communities and making friends with your peers at Ryukoku University in Kyoto. In addition to field trips related to class projects and a choice of group outings such as hiking up Mt Kurama, visiting a Hanshi Tigers baseball game and taking part in the Gion festival, students will have ample opportunities to explore on their own. This is a fun way to get to know a country and its people as well as make life-long friends in California and in Japan. Those who participate should expect a strict Japanese living environment.

Instructor: Isao Fujimoto

Taught in: English

Max Enrollment: 26

Program CoordinatorHong Au

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Community and Regional Development153A. International Community Development: Asia (4 units)
Lecture—4 hours. Prerequisite: see notes below.
Examination and analysis of community development efforts in Japan and the impact of global forces in different settings. Alternative strategies with emphasis on self-reliance and locally controlled development. Course is based in Kyoto, Japan, and includes field trips. GE credit: SocSci, Div.—Fujimoto


Community and Regional Development 198 - Directed Group Study (4 units)

Notes on Prerequisite Requirement
Prerequisities can involve courses that provide insights and appreciation of cross cultural dynamics. Examples of such courses can be found in cultural anthropology, Asian studies and community development. Related work experience, internships and campus activities can also be a source of  meaningful preparation for studies abroad in addition to or in lieu of course work.  Though knowledge of Japanese is not required, a basic exposure to the language can contribute greatly to what a student can gain from this learning experience in Japan.

This program is suitable for students studying or interested in:

Community Development
Community Activism
Cultutral Anthropology
Japanese Society
Modern Japan