The application deadline has been extended! We will continue to accept applications until Friday, February 24th, and will review them on a rolling basis.
– This course will offer a comprehensive overview of the sociocultural characteristics of contemporary Japan, as they are expressed in Japanese cultural heritage, observed in museums and monuments.
Using an anthropological approach, students will explore the various factors that have shaped the country Japan is today--its environmental setting, geographical characteristics, historical framework, myths of origin, and socio-political institutions. Japanese language, values, social structure, economics, and politics will all be examined as “compass points” of Japanese culture from which students will analyze their own chosen aspects of Japanese cultural heritage.
– E. L. (Liza) Cerroni-Long, Ph.D., Professor of Anthropology, Eastern Michigan University
– Site visits are likely to include (among others):
- An original feudal castle
- Historic ninja dwellings
- Shigaraki pottery kiln
- Kinkaku-ji (Golden Temple in Kyoto)
- The Kyoto National Museum
- Kyoto International Manga Museum
- 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.
Scholarships: 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.