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CIEE Gap Year Abroad Japanese Language & Culture in KYOTO, JAPAN - Language & Culture
Kyoto, Japan
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Gap Year
Year Round

Program Overview

Program Description:

Step back in time in the ancient capital of Japan with the imperial palace, Shinto shrines, Buddhist temples and Zen gardens as your backdrop

Take part in traditional tea ceremonies and Taiko drumming. Learn the art of making sushi, soba noodles or wagashi sweets. This immersive experience is all about soaking up the centuries-old Japanese customs and culture all around you. But don’t worry: For a taste of the here-and-now, you can still find popular shopping districts, video-gaming arcades and sidewalk vending machines selling unique products (from socks to pizza slices!) to round out the experience.

You’ll spend most mornings in Japanese language classes with native instructors, improving your skills and confidence no matter your level of proficiency. Creative cooking, calligraphy and haiku/tanka poetry workshops mix things up. Afternoons are for cultural exploration and practicing your language skills in real life – on the streets, in cafes and on expert-guided excursions to temples, shrines, palaces, museums and more. For a fully immersive experience, you’ll be placed in a homestay with a Japanese family where you’ll join in the daily routines and learn first-hand about local customs. Together you’ll prepare and share traditional meals, go shopping in markets, visit local sites or just hang out. It’s a one-of-a-kind experience that opens your eyes, ears and access to the world — and one you’ll never forget.

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