JPN 160: Japanese Language, Culture, & History

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Program Dates

June 13–July 8, 2013

Program Overview

This program features talks, excursions, workshops, and tours that explore the culture, history, and geography of several important regions of Japan: Kyoto, Uji, Nara, Hiroshima, and Tokyo. The course will provide students with an overview of Japanese history (6th century-present) as well as Japanese culture and society, including traditional performing arts, tea ceremony, haiku, pop culture, Japanese family life, customs, and manners.

Country Facts

Visit the CIA World Factbook page on Japan for general information about its geography, people, government, economy, transportation, and more.

Academic Program

JPN 160, Japanese Language, Culture, and History (3 units)

This course will focus on the following areas:

  • Traditional Arts: Kabuki, Bunraku, Kyogen, Haiku, Tea Ceremony
  • Pop Culture: Anime and animation production
  • Japanese Language: Basic overview as well as opportunities for real use
  • Religious Sites: Famous temples and shrines including: Horyuji, Todaiji, Byodoin, Kinkakuji, Kiyomizu-dera, and Miyajima
  • Historical Sites: the Atomic Bomb Memorial Dome, Genji Museum, Nijo Castle, Osaka Castle, and the Imperial Palace


This course is open to all students from SJSU and other universities and does not require previous knowledge of the Japanese language (a survival Japanese course will be required prior to departure). This program is especially pertinent to students who major or minor in Japanese or international business, because it partially fulfills requirements for those programs.

Accommodation, Safety and Visas

Students will stay in specially arranged host families while in Kyoto. This program also includes all associated transportation costs: airline tickets from San Francisco to Kyoto, domestic transportation in Japan, hotel accommodation, and a two-week Japan Rail Pass. Breakfast and dinner will be provided at the homes of the host families, but students will need to cover the cost of their own lunch. All program participants will be covered by mandatory travel insurance.

As a U.S. passport holder, you will be allowed to enter Japan without a visa for up to 90 days long as you have a passport valid for at least six months beyond the date of entry into Japan and have a confirmed return or onward air ticket.

There is currently no US travel warning for Japan. For more information about safety abroad, visit the US Department of State Travel Information page for Japan.

Program Leader

Dr. Yasue Kodama
(408) 924-4607

Program Dates

June 13–July 8, 2013

Estimated Costs

SJSU Special Session Tuition (3 Credits @ $250/unit) 750
Administration Fee 200
Program Fee 4,050
Estimated Total $5,000


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