Enchanting. Personalized. A Japanese Journey.

WHY THIS PROGRAM?

KYOTO WOW FACTORS

• Inside-Out Classroom: Hands on learning
• Festival Season: Summer coincides with Kyoto festivals
• Old and New: Tour modern metropolis and ancient villages

THE ATHENA TOUCH

What makes this Athena?
• True immersion into the Japanese culture
• No large groups
• Learning outside of the classroom

ACADEMICS

ACADEMICS in KYOTO

WHY WE PARTNER WITH HELLENIC STUDIES IN THE ARTS (HISA):

HISA was one of the first schools Athena partnered with when we began, and with good reason. We share the same mission for study abroad – personalized, quality education that starts within the classroom walls and expands into the world.

HISTORY:

Founded in 2000 in Greece, HISA expanded its offerings to include Kyoto in 2013.

EXPERIENCE:

Class-sizes are minimized to ensure students receive individual attention, and
benefit from a close working relationship with their instructors.

COURSES

General allocation of the courses are as follows:

COURSESGeneral % Offered

HUMANITIES

50%

ARTS

50%

COURSE LISTINGS

JUNE

Film Studies: 4 Directors (3 credits)

This course is designed to move the student forward from film survey into a close analysis of the work of four important Japanese directors with different focus and historical significance: Yasujiro Ozu, Akira Kurosawa, Hayaho Miyazaki and Hideaki Anno. Individual selected films and oeuvres as a whole are considered for their cinematic concerns as well as influence on other filmmakers in order to give the student a strong sense of the significance of each auteur within the scope of film history and Japanese cultural development, as well as within an intellectual, social, and technical context. Filmmakers will be discussed in terms of their own development as well, and attention will be given to genre and the evolution of critical approaches to their work. We will examine both universal and local themes throughout the films including but not limited to war, existentialism, individualism, family roles, enduring traditions and clashing cultures, modern values and mythology. Analysis, group discussions, and individual student presentations will accompany each film, along with readings from the texts below.

Creative Writing through Literature (3 Credits)

Creative writing in Japan is designed to introduce employment and experimentation with the important artistic concepts found across a broad range of Japanese arts, in a creative writing workshop. Through a guided exploration of a selection of writers, students will be introduced to distinguishing features of Japanese literary styles. Through creative writing activities utilizing theory and practical techniques we endeavour to integrate these concepts into student creative works. We will begin by taking a look at employment of mono no aware sensibilities in the composition of Murasaki Shikibu’s Tale of Gengi. Through an introduction to the literary styles of Matsuo Basho and Junichiro Tanizaki, we will explore the concepts and exhibition of wabisabi and ma, valuation of imperfection or transience and creation of profound space. Later, we will delve into the extremely complex and personal writing style of Yukio Mishima. The course will end with an examination of modernism in Japanese literature through uses of metaphors and surrealism in the works of Banana Yoshimoto and Haruki Murakami.

JULY

Digital Photography Journal (3 credits)

Since the invention of photography nearly two centuries ago and the rise of digital technology, the way human beings receive information, see the world, and see themselves has radically changed. In the 21st century photography has established itself as a formidable tool of expression within the arts. Aimed at encouraging creativity, this course will emphasize a critical sense of visual language in contemporary photography using Kyoto, and its environs, as inspiration for new work. We will explore a sense of place through encounters with everything that is Japan including photographic exhibitions where we will investigate social and historical contexts in photography. Camera techniques, photographic principles, and editing fundamentals with software like Photoshop will be covered. Students will participate in group critiques where they will identify an emerging line of personal inquiry in their work, culminating in a creative series or photo essay for the class.

Creative Writing through Culture (3 credits)

This course is specially designed to offer students an insight into the history and significance of classical Japan, as well as introducing them to the vibrancy and variety of Japan’s hybrid modern society. It also aims to provide an inspirational energy that will assist students, no matter their major, in both creative and critical substance. Lectures and travel writing workshops will prepare students to place in artistic and historical context their impressions gained during the many field trips and excursions. The course journal and goal objectives will allow for work in creative writing/sketching/photography, and critical essays. The full immersion the course entails, along with conversational and customs orientations, will help students to gain a truly meaningful understanding of the nation’s overall relationship between its classical traditions in art, society and religion, and its modern way of life.

JENNIFER NORRIS

On-Site Advisor

With a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature from the University of
Indianapolis in Athens, and a Masters of Business Administration with
a specialization in Technology Management and Communications
National Tsing Hua University in Hsinchu, Taiwan, Jennifer has helped to introduce and acclimate students to international settings while guiding their efforts to build their creative vision and portfolio development.

ACADEMIC HIGHLIGHT: Personalized Instruction

This intentionally small, on-the-go program is a true faculty-driven academic and experiential plunge into Japan.

ACADEMIC HIGHLIGHT: Inside-Out Classroom

Experience the classroom inside out through hands-on coursework throughout this rich country.

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STUDENT LIFE

FIELD TRIPS & EXCURSIONS

Due to the fast-pace of the program, experiential learning is integrated with the academic program. Field trips and excursions are designed to enhance the quality and application of the learning content. Some of these experiential learning components include:

  • Traditional art experiences (i.e. ikebana, or tea ceremony)
  • Traditional Kyoto cuisine
  • Gion Festival and Yoiyama stall nights
  • Zazen with instruction in the temple
  • Higashiyama temples; includes Kiyomizu dera
  • Nishiki Market
  • Buddhist secret mountain Hiei Zan
  • Kinkakuji (Golden pavilion)
  • Zen temples and gardens
  • Picnic along the Kamo River
  • Explore Ginkakuji with the Philosopher Path Walk
  • Gion District
  • Heian Jingu shrine and garden
  • Arashiyama Bamboo forest & temples
  • Nara Park include Todai ji, Kasuga Taisya
  • Hushimi Inari Taisha with hundreds of red gates
  • Feudal castle

EXPERIENCE HIGHLIGHT: Festival Season

Why do we have this program in the Summer? Because July is festival season in Kyoto! You’ll get to be there for the Gion Festival, one of Japan’s most famous traditional festivals.

HOUSING

Your authentic Japanese experience continues into your accommodations. The program package includes a shared bedroom in traditional Japanese-style housing (3-4 students per room) located near downtown Kyoto.

Accommodations are fully furnished and equipped, complete with a living area, bathroom and kitchen.

FAQS

How many students are on the program?

Typically, 6-15 students, per term.  The size of the program is kept small so that students get personalized attention from the instructors and advisors.

Will I be able to travel?

The program itself includes travel around the city!

What is the food like?

Delicious!  Traditional Japanese food is available and we encourage you to dive into the food, which is big part of the Japanese culture.

An adventurous eater will be very happy as there are many opportunities to explore dishes that aren’t readily available in many American restaurants.

Vegetarians: Athena’s resident vegetarian gives Kyoto an 8 out of 10 for being vegetarian friendly!

How do I get to Kyoto?

You will fly into the Kyoto airport.  Do not book travel until you are formally accepted into the program and more travel details are provided.

Do you provide flights?

We have partnered with STA Travel, an incredible student-focused travel agency.  The good people there will be able to help all Athena students arrange flights overseas.

BLOGS

Get first-hand student accounts of what life is really like in Kyoto!

READ THE BLOGS

Yuko (the on-site advisor) was incredibly helpful. She went completely out of her way to make everyone experience what they wanted to while in Japan...Kyoto was incredibly safe.

Lindsey Bryan

Cleveland Institute of Art

WHAT'S KYOTO REALLY LIKE?

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THE CITY

CITY HIGHLIGHTS

What’s Kyoto Like?

Kyoto is incredible to begin with, but the summer is an especially special time.  In July, you will get to experience Kyoto during its Gion Festival month, which takes it to a whole other level. The festival gives you a glimpse into the enchanting traditional Japan. If you’re a fan of Japanese culture, or history in general, you won’t want to miss this. While you’re having a traditional meal at one of the many lantern-lit restaurants along the riverside, or exploring the culturally rich neighborhoods, you’ll be gaining an appreciation for the unique treasures Kyoto has to offer.

CITY PERKS: You will get to experience some of the most beloved sites of Kyoto, as well as often overlooked destinations.

WEATHER

  • WARMEST MONTH: The warmest month is August, the average high temperature is 91.4 °F and the average low temperature is 75.74 °F.
  • COLDEST MONTH: The coldest month is January, the average high temperature is 48 °F and the average low temperature is 34 °F.

MAP

DID YOU KNOW?

Kyoto was once the capital of Japan.

DID YOU KNOW?

Kyoto is home to the headquarters of Nintendo.

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DATES & PRICES

Summer 2017: June

Early June - Late June

$4,350 - 3 credits | $5,450 - 6 credits

APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 1, 2017
You will take 1-2 courses for 3 credits each

Summer 2017: July

Early July - Late July

$4,350 - 3 credits | $5,450 - 6 credits

APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 1, 2017
You will take 1-2 courses for 3 credits each
Note: July is festival season in Kyoto

Summer 2017: June + July

Early June - Late July

$8,000 - 6 credits | $9,000 - 9 credits | $10,000 - 12 credits

APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 1, 2017
You will stay for both the June and July sessions
Your credit options:
6 credits (1 course each term), 9 credits (3 courses total), or
12 credits (2 courses each term)
Note: July is festival season in Kyoto

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • TUITION YES
  • ACCOMMODATION YES
  • EXCURSIONSYES
  • AIRPORT PICKUP ARRANGEMENTYES
  • TRANSPORTATION BETWEEN SITESYES
  • 24-HOUR EMERGENCY LINEYES
  • ONLINE ACCOUNT MANAGEMENTYES
  • HEALTH INSURANCEYES
  • OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT FROM HISAYES
  • CONTRIBUTION TO CHARITYYES
  • MEALSNOT
  • FLIGHT NOT

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TERMS

SUMMER: 3 Weeks in June or July, or 6 Weeks for Both Terms

ELIGIBILITY

GPA: 2.8 or higher
GRADE LEVEL: Sophomore or higher

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