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is an island nation that sits in the Pacific Ocean on the east coast of Asia.
It shares borders with several bodies of water including the Seas of Japan,
Okhotsk and East China. Its closest neighbors are Taiwan, North and South
Korea, China and Russia. It consists of four large islands and 6,852 (yes,
6,852!) total islands.
you decide to pack your bags and study abroad in Japan with the 130 million
locals of Japan, you’ll need to secure a passport, student visa and, if you
decide to work, a work visa. Contact the Japanese consulate or embassy at least
six months before you leave for Japan to make sure you have your documentation
in order. Working or interning while you study abroad in Japan can allow you to
collect Japanese Yen (the colorful currency of Japan) meet new people, and
discover how video games, hybrid vehicles, and components of iPods are made.
abroad in Japan is a learning experience for any student; especially those
studying science, technology, finance or industrial design are of interest to
you. Japan is amongst the most technologically advanced in the world and its manufacturing
of electronics, appliances and motor vehicles is quickly changing the world. It
is home to companies like Nintendo and Toyota and is leading the world in scientific
and technological research. Its stock exchange and Japan Aerospace Exploration
Agency are amongst the most prestigious and aggressive in the world.
a study abroad student in Japan, you will have the opportunity to learn or hone
your Japanese language skills. Learn to use the Japanese Kanji (or Chinese
character), two sets of Kana (simplified Chinese characters), the Latin
alphabet and Arabic numerals. If learning Japanese doesn’t expose you to enough
linguistic challenge, you can find your way to parts of rural Japan where
languages like Ryukyuan and Ainu are spoken but quickly disappearing.
Life in Japan
is a country faithful to living life as a work of art. Its monuments, museums,
communities and activities are all designed around a devotion to community, a
commitment to intentional and particular work and an adherence to the
influences of its historical culture. The country’s Shrines of Isla,
traditional houses with tatami mats and sliding doors and Buddhist temples like
Osorezon and Kiyomizudera provide visitors with ample reason to hop on one of
its high-speed trains and tour throughout the regions. The seasonal marvels
like Ueno Park’s cherry blossoms and Mount Kōya’s autumn leaves tempt visitors
to stay for longer visits; and a unique sports scene including wonders such as
sumo wrestling, karate and judo influence people to consider the art of
abroad in Japan and you’ll enjoy both the historic artistry of the culture and
the modern amenities of the country. Japan’s largest cities—Tokyo, Yokohama and
Osaka—offer modern-day apartments, exhilarating nightlife scenes (including
lots of karaoke—one of Japan’s most beloved pastimes) and exquisite cuisine. Japan’s
cuisine is, in fact, world-renowned. Staples like rice, noodles, seafood and
tofu form the base of the cuisine while various methods of cooking, extensive
use of unique spices (like dashi and miso) and a commitment to freshness and
the use of seasonal ingredients contribute to the tastiness of it. The Japanese’s
devotion to spotless presentation and intentional dining finalize the cuisine making
eating it a wonderful and enjoyable experience.
study abroad programs offer you the opportunity to explore artistry, practice
intentionality, enjoy modern amenities, and perhaps best of all, eat delicious
and satisfying cuisine. Why not study in Japan? You are sure to have a meaningful
and satisfying adventure.
History and Culture in Japan
historical storybook draws from a breadth of influences like
Confucianism, Buddhism and the once ruling class of warriors—the Samarai. These
influences, combined with years of empires, dynasties and other various forms
of social order, translated into some of Japan’s most embraced and practiced
traditions. World Wars I and II led to the creation of the country’s more
liberal and democratic constitution and served to transform the country into
the traditional yet modern entity it is today.
abroad in Japan will allow you to live in a culture beautifully decorated with
the intention and artistry of a citizenry lovingly devoted to its history.
Intricately designed swords, carefully hand-crafted dolls, purposefully
practiced tea ceremonies and the arts of calligraphy, origami and gardening
regularly find their way into the daily practices of the Japanese culture. Influences
of Miyabi, Japan’s earliest architecture, and the Geisha, have an ongoing
presence in the Japanese society. Through the historic sculptures, paintings
and woodblock prints continuously infuse the country’s modern-day art scene.
Japan is a country whose modernity is consistently informed by its fascinating
Top Five Reasons to Study Abroad in Japan
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