UC San Diego Global Seminars / UCSD: Tokyo - Modern Japan

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  • Location(s): Tokyo, Japan
  • Program Type(s): Study Abroad

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Tokyo is an ideal location to teach the two proposed courses. For MMW, the city serves as a wonderful background for the study of twentieth century global conflicts, political transformations and cultural changes. Tokyo is also a  highly technolog... read more

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OVERALL RATING 4.9
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January 18, 2018 Unforgettable Summer
I learned a bit of Japanese from my experience. I also learned how to shop and find the cheapest but delicious food. Definitely worthwhile. - University of California - San Diego / UCSD View Entire Review
The older you get, the more you are able to comprehend and appreciate the uniqueness in ways of living around the world. - University of California - San Diego / UCSD View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with UC San Diego Global Seminars / UCSD: Tokyo - Modern Japan
January 12, 2018 A Great Time
People in other countries grow up with different expectations, and within those created societies there's a huge variety of expression even then. - University of California - San Diego / UCSD View Entire Review
January 17, 2018 A Dream Come True
I learned that I can travel by myself. I learned how to live and navigate in a foreign country on my own. I think this experience helped me feel more independent. I also feel confident to travel more in the future. This experience was very worthwhile. I recommend it to anyone who is considering it. - University of California - San Diego / UCSD View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with UC San Diego Global Seminars / UCSD: Tokyo - Modern Japan
The popular culture systems of Japan are different from America because America has corporate injections into the top level of their popular culture, whereas Japan is entirely a reputation economy and things that are popular are also reputable, which is only half true for America. The subcultures of Japan are so vast and deep, i... - University of California - San Diego / UCSD View Entire Review

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Tokyo is an ideal location to teach the two proposed courses. For MMW, the city serves as a wonderful background for the study of twentieth century global conflicts, political transformations and cultural changes. Tokyo is also a  highly technologically advanced urban center in East Asia, and it will accordingly provide an opportunity for the students to understand how various technologies, in particular digital technologies, have been incorporated into the everyday urban life.

Moving outside of Tokyo, cities like Hiroshima and Kyto serve as ideal places to teach about major events that changed the world in the 20th century, with Hiroshima as one of the cities where the atomic bomb exploded in 1945. Koyto also can serve as an excellent city to explore the relationship between religion, urban culture and technology. Known as “the city of thousand temples” and once a capital city of the emperor (from 794-1868), Kyoto’s numerous Zen temples such as Toji, Byodoin, and Daitokuji represent a fascinating example of how Zen Buddahism has played and continues to play a critical role in the formation of Japanese modernity in light of dramatic modernization projects since the Meji period (1868-1912).

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Summer
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Science, Technology and Society
  • Film, Video, Photographic Arts
  • History
Minimum GPA:
2.0
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