Tokyo Semester Dates:  June 9th- 30th / Kyoto Semester Dates: July 4th - 25th 

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Overview of Programs

Have you ever wanted to delve deeper into the foundation of the characteristics that have made Japanese culture stand out globally? Such innovative and unique cultures and social systems are increasingly rare in our globalizing world and speak to the ever-present options we have as creative people to develop according to different ideas, with different historical understandings the influence current ways of seeing. Edu-Odyssey offers two summer sessions in Japan during the summer (able to be taken individually or in conjunction), that will help you get to the roots of the global fascination, and to deepen your own understanding of Japanese history, culture and perspectives, while fine tuning your skills to interact in a global world.


Can you imagine collecting Kitsune (fox spirit) themes photos for a class portfolio, or reflecting on the Edo Era’s significant contributions to the values and uniqueness of modern Japan while meandering through busting Harajuku Fashion area and stopping to pet loyal Hachiko statue? As Robert Louis Stevenson said, “There are no foreign lands. It is the traveler only who is foreign.”. By experiencing Kyoto, Tokyo, Kamakura and Nara, these four enthralling cities with polar characteristics, with interactive, and immersive courses, and by pursuing a studied understanding of a nation’s history along with the patterns by which value systems and cultures are developed internationally, the space between the ‘foreign’ and the ‘self’ is bridged.

Upon Completion:

Each mini-semester lasts for 3 weeks and includes 45+ class hours including lectures and guided site visits per course, for a possible total of 2 courses (6 credits) per session, or total 12 credits for the summer (if attending both the Tokyo and Kyoto sessions). Field trips and excursions are included in the tuition, along with housing, some meals, airport pickup and credit fees. An Edu-Odyssey transcript will be issued at the end of the semester as requested if classes are taken for credit. For gap year and continuing education students, a certificate of completion will be presented. 


Cool Japan: Japan in Modernity  (Tokyo, June)
Traditional Asian Martial Arts: Development, Culture and Practice (Tokyo, June)

Students may choose one or two classes to complete the semester. 

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Semester Dates: June 8th, 2023 - June 30, 2023

Enrollment Open To: Undergraduates and Gap Year Students

Credits: 3-6 credits

Term: Summer

Highlights: Explore the vibrant and ever-changing culture or Tokyo with an understanding the source of it's global reach. This semester approaches modern Japanese culture in it's epicenter. 

Scholarships Available: Yes

Cool Japan: Japan in Modernity

This course picks up on Japanese history through the modern era, with the Meiji Restoration, through the turbulent Taisho Times, the pre-and post-war periods and influence of the occupation, and into contemporary Japanese society and culture. Student will understand and experience firsthand contemporary Japanese cultural phenomena, and learn how the Japanese character as it is understod nationally and internationally, came into being.

This course will include guided excursions to Meiji Jingu, Shibuya, Shinjuku, Harajuku Fashion District, the Golden Gai, Akihabara Tehnology District, 

Traditonal Asian Martial Arts: Development, Culture and Practice

An exciting course this takes students through the ancient development of artial forms, values, codes, and culture in Asia, focusing on the exchange between nations and personalization in the host nation, Japan. This course will help students understand influential philosophical and strategic classics of Asian traditional martial arts that have impacted its development globally. They will take a closer and personalized look at several local forms. 

This course will include trips to various local dojos, Kamakura, home of the Samurai, Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu, Giant Kannon (the seat of the shogunate) and Daibutsu, the Samurai Museum, the Sumo Museum, Edo-Tokyo Museum, Sensoji and Asakusa area, and various other sites of significance to martial history and contemporary practice.

Japan through the Eras: Arts, Culture and History (Kyoto, July)
Leadership Across Cultures: Asia (Kyoto, July)

Students may choose between one or two courses to complete the semester.

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Semester Dates: July 4th, 2023 - July 25, 2023

Enrollment Open To: Undergraduates and Gap Year Students

Credits: 3-6 credits

Term: Summer

Highlights: This semester takes place in the largest festival Season of Japan, in Kyoto, the heart of the Gion festival. The backdrop of Kyoto highlights course content due to it's particular historic significance.

Scholarships Available: Yes

Japan through the Eras: Arts, Culture and History

Students gain a broad overview of traditional and contemporary Japanese society through a study of each era of Japanese history from ancient Japan to the modern Heisei Era.This course is designed to complement the Cool Japan course of the Tokyo session, but may be taken independently as well. Students will visit sites significant to the Eras studies to gain a more personalized understanding of local history.

Special attention will be paid to the spread of Buddhism and Confuciamisn, and interaction with local beliefs, the artistic and cultural flourishing of the Heian Era, the development of the shogunate and warrior culture, and the political and social changes of the modern eras. Students will develop an approach to historical analysis and philosophical extension by analyzing texts and artifacts pertinent to the evolution of Japan as a nation and gain a better understanding of the process of influence of historical events on contemporary culture.

Excursions included as a part of this course will likely include: Fushimi Inari Shrine, Kiyumizu-Dera Temple, Ginkakuji (Temple of the Silver Pavilion), Kinkakuji (Temple of the Golden Pavilion), Arashiyama Forest, Heian Jingu, Yasaka Shrine, the Gion Geisha District, Nara, Todaiji, and certain Gion Festival events.

Leadership Across Culture: Asia

Modern times present challenges that demand of the individual creativity and adaptability in the face of challenges, and an understanding of perspectives beyond one's own. The goal of this leadership course is to equip the student with the analytical tools and understanding of global cultural perspectives on 'good' leadership, that will carry forward and enable them to achieve their goals domestically and internationally.

Our instructors are an international team who have operated companies around the world, and will impart a practical and engaging understanding of what it takes to navigate the globalized world, to make effective decisions, and to stand out as a strong, capable leader in different settings. Continuities and differences will be examined in attitudes towards leadership, with an eye towards historical examples. Students will engage in leadership workshops to build their confidence and capabilities, and to engage more thoroughly with their host community. This course is beneficial to students from all backgrounds and will positively influence participation in diverse disciplines. 

This course will include trips to local businesses and community organizations, Gion Festival Float Parade, Ryoanji, Temple Meditation, Tea Ceremony, Toji Temple, Nishiki Market, the Philosopher's Path, Pontocho Walk and Shoji Calligraphy Practice. 


1 Course - $4,550

 2 Courses - $4,950

Includes: Shared Housing in Student Accommodation, Excursion fees and Entrance Fees (including to included cities Kyoto, Nara, Kamakura and Tokyo and excursions therein), Transportation for Excursions, Welcome and Farewell Dinners, Round the Clock On-Site Support, Transcript and Class Support as Requested

*Programs are subject to change as deemed fit due to inclement weather, availability and varying circumstances as Edu-Odyssey adapts to provide the best experience for students.

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