– This study abroad course will give students the opportunity to observe, explore, and research traditional and modern sports in Japan, with a specific focus on sociocultural influences--such as environmental sustainability, gender roles, cultural beliefs and attitudes, etc.
Through lectures and the included field visits, participants will acquire an informed perspective on the role culture, history, modernity, and environment play in sports participation in Japan. Students will also gain a thorough understanding of Japanese culture and the concepts of bushido vs. sportsmanship as it is reflected in the rules and training practices of traditional sports.
– Roger L. Hammer, Ph.D., Central Michigan University, School of Health and Exercise Sciences
– Field visits are set to include sports venues, as well as culturally significant sites. The proposed itinerary features:
- A professional baseball game
- A sumo wrestling match
- Visit to local sports venue(s)
- Exploring Hikone Castle
- Visit to Hiroshima and the Peace Memorial Museum
- Visits to Buddhist temple(s) and Shinto shrines
- Students will live primarily in the JCMU apartments. The JCMU student apartments are designed for double occupancy. Each furnished apartment consists of two private bedrooms/ studies and a shared kitchen, dining area and bathroom. The residential building also includes a computer lab, wireless internet, laundry room, TV room, weight room and lounge. Bicycles are provided to each student for ease of transportation and to explore the beautiful surrounding lakeside area and Hikone city.
All students coming from one of our Consortium schools (Michigan's 15 public universities) will receive an automatic $200 Consortium Scholarship
towards their program fees! To see if your school is a member of our Consortium, please visit our Consortium Scholarship webpage