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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.

Field Trips for the entire class include a

Location:
Kyoto, Japan
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
Undergraduate
Term:
Summer

Program Overview

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

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.

This program is suitable for students studying or interested in:
-Community Development
-Community Activism
-Cultutral Anthropology
-Sociology
-Japanese Society
-Politics
-Modern Japan


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.

Field Trips for the entire class include a trip to the Gion Festival, the Hanshin Baseball Game, and a hike up Mount Kurama. Students will have ample opportunities to explore Kyoto on their own.

There will be many small group field trips to community centers and organizations for students to conduct interviews with Japanese locals.

Upper-division units (open to freshmen through graduates). Taught in English. UC Davis courses taught by University of California, Davis faculty.

Please contact UC Davis Summer Abroad for the most up-to-date information concerning program costs. Programs start around $4,000.

All students enrolled in a Summer Abroad program (Davis and Non-Davis) will have the opportunity to apply for a Travel Award ($500 - $1,500.) Travel award deadline: March 5, 2013. Enrollment deadline is April 5, 2013.

Setting Description:
Natural scenery, temples, shrines, towns and homes intermingle with a poignant historical beauty. Whether it is the Gion Festival, the Tea Ceremony or Japanese flower arrangement or Nishijin-brocade, so many aspects of characteristic Japanese culture continue to thrive in Kyoto. Over a period of 1200 years, dating from the decision to move the capital to Kyoto in 794, it nurtured a splendid, delicate and unique kind of culture, and over the course of history came to be considered the mother of culture within Japan.

For this reason, Kyoto is often called "Japan's heartland", and it is said that it is impossible to know the real Japan without knowing Kyoto.

On the other hand, Kyoto is not simply protecting its old traditions and culture, but is rather building upon the rich traditions of predecessors as a foundation for open domestic and international exchange. It is a city which maintains a revolutionary spirit, a city of ideas and the cultural capital of Japan, constantly crea

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