|Date:||Early September to early August|
|Program Focus:||Language Intensive|
|JAPN 310 with a 3.0 GPA or better in the language study.|
In cooperation with Waseda University in Tokyo, Lewis & Clark offers advanced students a full-year program in intensive Japanese language study and an East Asian Studies curriculum in the humanities and social sciences focusing on Japanese society and culture. Most lecture courses are taught in English, but Japanese lecture classes are available for those with superior language skills. Housing is with host families or in university dormitories.
Fulfills the international studies requirement provided that at least 12 credits are successfully completed.
Fulfills the overseas study requirement for the Japanese minor, the Asian Studies major.
Credit earned varies based on courses completed but students may earn up to 19 credits. (Overloads are not permitted.)
Students may choose from a wide range of course offerings in Japanese language study and East Asian Studies. A catalog of the courses and course descriptions is available in the Overseas & Off-Campus Programs Office.
This program has a dual application process. Student must first submit a Lewis & Clark Application. Once admitted by Lewis & Clark, the students will receive instructions for submitting their secondary application to Waseda University. Please keep a digital copy of your essays and other application materials as you will need to submit these similar materials again. Please note that this secondary application process can be as late as the semester preceding your scheduled participation.
Eastern Standard Time, Jeff Yang et al., Metro East Publications, 1997
Postwar Japan as History, Andrew Gordon, ed., UC Press, 1993
The Postwar Japanese System: Cultural Economy and Economic Transformation, William K. Tabb, Oxford University Press, 1995.
The Other Japan: Conflict, Compromise, and Resistance Since 1945, Joe Moore, ed., ME Sharpe, 1997.
The Emptiness of Japanese Affluence, Gavan McCormack, ME Sharpe, 1996.
Blog Feed: Fuji
August 30, 2017 at 1:20pmNatural disasters such as volcanic eruptions and earthquakes are unsettling reminders of human fragility. There is nothing we can do to stop tectonic plates from colliding or volcanos from exploding. At most we can monitor tectonic movement, take seismic readings, prepare evacuation plans, and hope for safety. Disaster prevention planning makes it possible to mitigate […]
August 30, 2017 at 1:12pmOver the final weeks of the program, we’ve seen more contemporary examples of how the volcano Mt. Fuji shapes lives. We’ve spent time at each side of the mountain, particularly noting the differences between the North, South, East and West flanks. The areas are distinct in their primary industries, susceptibility to natural disasters, and agriculture. […]
August 30, 2017 at 11:42amThey are everywhere! I was floored by the series of immense dams we discovered on an afternoon hike into the canyons behind the village of Nemba. Rising like fortresses above the bone dry stream bed, each one stood larger and more formidable than the last. Gazing at all these towering walls of concrete packed into […]
August 28, 2017 at 11:52amThe greater Fuji region is no stranger to mudslides and yukishiro (slush flows), especially places near mountains. When we stayed in the town of Nemba by one of the five great lakes of Fuji, Lake Sai, I was awestruck by the rolling hills covered in thick forest. At first the town struck me as a […]
August 26, 2017 at 5:54pmKatsushika Hokusai’s (1760-1849) Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji is a collection of woodblock prints that depict Japan’s iconic mountain from various angles and perspectives. In one of the more recognizable prints from the series, Fuji commands the entire piece and its steep profile is portrayed using an intense reddish color. This print, known more commonly […]
August 26, 2017 at 5:35pmThe sika deer of Japan, shinroku, are considered messengers of the gods in the Shinto Religion. They are regarded as sacred animals and are allowed to roam close to shrines and temples. Because of their religious importance, the deer have been protected by the government. Until 1937 killing one of the deer was punishable by […]
August 23, 2017 at 6:02pmSince coming to Japan, my studies of Mt. Fuji have led me to think of the mountain as primarily a site of religious and cultural significance. Yet since I have been studying Fuji for six weeks, there are differences in how I perceive Fuji compared to how other tourists do. During the climb, I was […]
August 23, 2017 at 5:51pmA week before I left to begin my journey in Japan, I visited the summit of Mauna Kea to watch the sunset and stargaze. Little did I know that I would soon draw intriguing parallels between the mountain of my home and the mountain I would climb on my trip. Now that I have experienced […]
August 21, 2017 at 6:27pmI feel a bit homesick for my forests. I love strolling off the trail and sticking my nose in a flower or the dirt, running my hand over mossy tree trunks. This is no unique desire among many Americans. Some of us have had the privilege of growing up climbing trees and jumping into lakes. […]
August 21, 2017 at 6:13pmI thought I was prepared for my visit to Nara Park, home to hundreds of Japanese sika deer. I’d seen friends’ selfies with the wide-eyed animals and heard about tourists feeding them the crackers sold by local vendors. I even passed a television screen in the train station of a cartoon deer on two feet […]