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  • Locations: Tokyo, Japan
  • Program Terms: Spring, Spring Faculty-Led
  • Homepage: Click to visit
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 10/01/2019 10/15/2019 TBA TBA
Spring Faculty-Led 2020 11/22/2019 11/27/2019 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Click here for a definition of this term Program Credits: N/A Click here for a definition of this term Enrollment Restrictions: Only available to ACM/DM Students, Alums, and Guests
Housing: Housing provided Language of Instruction: English
Program Cost: $2600.00-$2800.00 (exclusive of airfare) Price difference represents preference for and availability
Program Description:
We hope you will join us this year as we explore Tokyo, once the power center of the Tokugawa shogunate and now the contemporary capital of cool!

Japan has experimented with leadership and structured power over many centuries-military, industrial and cultural-“soft power.”

We journey to Japan now to learn from its experimentation with “soft power and dig into the possibilities of ” Gross National Cool” and J-Cult – one creative driver of a major global economy-the 3rd largest.

As Tokyo readies itself for the 2020 “Olympics of the Future”, Professors Mc Bride and Takiura we will lead us as we explore how Japan is using its creative and cultural assets to shape that future and to make it meaningful within and across boundaries.

Join us as we inquire about ikigai, a life of meaning and purpose and investigate the animating power of kawaii, the adorable cuteness of the characters that seem to enliven products, robots and anime.

Wander with us and wonder how a pudgy Italian plumber, Super Mario, a winsome English Kitty cat,the Japanese American Transformers and the Princess Mononoke have gained entry across borders and into our homes and hearts at a time that hearts and borders can seem closed.

Come explore the unique interweaving of craft,design and fine arts that has made Tokyo a center for fashion and culture. And, savor with us the subtle and seductive tastes of Japan as we dig in to food culture!

Only available for students in the Arts and Cultural Management and Design Management programs