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Tokyo, Japan: Art and Aesthetics at IES (Summer)

This six-week program, based in Tokyo, is an introduction to Japanese culture through the arts and visual culture. Japan has an immense visual history that straddles a line between a culture with a deep history engaged in tradition and ritual, and an amazingly forward, progressive culture attuned to advancements in technology and innovation. Immersion in such a unique environment is an amazing opportunity for students to engage fully in a culture that is incredibly different than that of the United States.

Students will attend class at the IES Abroad Tokyo Center, located in the same area of Tokyo as their housing. One course, ‘Japanese Culture and Aesthetic,’ will be taught by Brian Alfred, professor of visual arts at Penn State University. The second course, ‘Japanese Manga and Animation,’ will be taught by an instructor from the IES Abroad Tokyo Center. The program includes several site visits within Tokyo, as well as a four-day field trip outside of the city with stops in Kyoto, Nara, and Tokoname.  Some highlights will include Zen meditation in Kyoto and taking a pottery-making class in Tokoname.

By the end of the program students will have gained a deeper understanding of how certain visual mediums of expression relate to culture, historical events and society in Japan, and the experience will have made a true impact on the way they see their work and their world.

For more information and to apply to this program, click here.