Program Details

Explore the food cultures and systems of contemporary Japan through interdisciplinary, and multisensual learning experiences.
Location:
Osaka, Japan
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Summer

Program Overview

Program Description:

This program is based in the city of Osaka “the food capital of Japan”. Students explore the food cultures and systems of contemporary Japan through interdisciplinary, and multisensual learning experiences. Students learn the philosophical and historical foundation of washoku as well as basic culinary techniques through intensive cooking sessions, and they broaden and deepen their culinary experience by critically engaging in the culture and politics of sustainability in seminar sessions. We also visit wholesale markets where hundreds of food ingredients and products are brought in and re-distributed, engage in multi-sensual fieldwork at a soy sauce distillery, sake brewery, and a small-scale farming village as well as historical temples in Nara and Kyoto. This program was designed by Gustolab International and is hosted by Osaka Shoin Women’s University, one of the first liberal arts women’s colleges established in Osaka and now running the nation’s first food studies program since 2015.

Setting Description:
This program is based in the city of Osaka “the food capital of Japan”. Students explore the food cultures and systems of contemporary Japan through interdisciplinary, and multisensual learning experiences. Students learn the philosophical and historical foundation of washoku as well as basic culinary techniques through intensive cooking sessions, and they broaden and deepen their culinary experience by critically engaging in the culture and politics of sustainability in seminar sessions. We also visit wholesale markets where hundreds of food ingredients and products are brought in and re-distributed, engage in multi-sensual fieldwork at a soy sauce distillery, sake brewery, and a small-scale farming village as well as historical temples in Nara and Kyoto.

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Scholarships:
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