A Japanese Fusion of Traditional and Pop Culture.

WHY THIS PROGRAM?

TOKYO WOW FACTORS

• Inside-Out Classroom: Hands on learning in Japan
• Intimate Tokyo: Massive city, personalized experience
• See it All: Many excursions included

THE ATHENA TOUCH

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

ACADEMICS

ACADEMICS in TOKYO

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 Japan 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.

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:

  • Shibuya Crossing

  • Shitamachi (Old Tokyo)

  • Mt. Takao & Monkey Park

  • Tokyo Animation Center

  • Omotesando Walk

  • Harajuku Fashion Street

  • Shinjuku Area

  • Meiji Shrine & Yoyogi park

  • Bentendo Temple

  • Kamakura Great Buddha

  • Odaiba entertainment district

  • Yokohama & Chinatown

EXPERIENCE HIGHLIGHT: Personalized Instruction

These intentionally small, on-the-go programs are a true faculty-driven academic and experiential plunge into Japan.

HOUSING

Your authentic Japanese experience continues into your accommodations. The program package includes a shared bedroom in a Tokyo apartment (2-4 students per room).

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 Tokyo an 8 out of 10 for being vegetarian friendly!

How do I get to Tokyo?

You will fly into the Tokyo 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.

Simply being in such a beautiful country with such well planned cultural excursions was amazing and I felt by the end...I could have made it on my own in Japan.

Mia Creger

Saginaw Valley State University

WHAT'S TOKYO REALLY LIKE?

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THE CITY

CITY HIGHLIGHTS

What’s Tokyo Like?

When one thinks of Japan they usually first think of Tokyo. And for good reason! This city is unlike any other. As one of the largest cities in the world, its ability to merge Japanese pop culture and traditional Japan creates an architectural hybrid city that showcases the ultramodern with neon-lit skyscrapers, and historic with its temples.

From museums, temples, & public gardens, to karaoke bars, fish markets, and the best sushi you’ve ever had, you’re sure to get the full Japan experience in this city

CITY PERKS: You will get to experience one of the world’s most iconic cities and dive deep into a well rounded understanding of Japanese culture by exploring the temples, gardens, & markets that make up Tokyo.

WEATHER

  • JUNE WEATHER: In June, the average high temperature is 78°F and the average low temperature is 64°F.
  • WARMEST MONTH: The warmest month is August, the average high temperature is 87°F and the average low temperature is 73°F.
  • COLDEST MONTH: The coldest month is January, the average high temperature is 49°F and the average low temperature is 33°F.

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DID YOU KNOW?

More than 35 million people live in Tokyo, making it the largest metropolitan area in the world.

DID YOU KNOW?

The Eiffel Tower was the inspiration for the Tokyo Sky Tree. The tower is repainted every 5 years by hand. The process takes an entire year to complete.

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DATES & PRICES

Summer 2018: June

June 14 - July 4

$4,150 - 3 credits | $4,650 - 6 credits

APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 1, 2018
You will take 1-2 courses for 3 credits each

Summer 2018: Tokyo & Kyoto

June 14 - Late July

$7,450 - 6 credits | $7,950 - 9 credits | $8,450 - 12 credits

APPLICATION DEADLINE: May 1, 2018
You will take 2-4 courses for 3 credits each
Note: June will be in Tokyo & July program will be 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, combine with Kyoto in July for 6 Weeks

ELIGIBILITY

GPA: 2.8 or higher
GRADE LEVEL: Freshman or higher

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