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Information for “Cool Japan Summer Program 2019” is now available!

Dec. 10, 2018

We are delighted to announce that the Meiji University’s Cool Japan Summer Program 2019 will be held from July 19 (Fri) – July 30 (Tue), 2019! This is a 12 day program, comprised of a series of lectures, field trips and workshops on a wide variety of subjects relating to Japan's contemporary images as well as its traditional culture.

Cool Japan Summer Program celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2019 and for this significant year, we will have a special Rakugo (traditional comic storytelling) lecture by a real Rakugo storyteller on top of our all-time favorite lectures! Field trips within Tokyo will include tea ceremony (sado), flower arrangement (kado), Yakatabune classical boat cruising and a museum visit!
The two-day Traditional Japan field trip will be in Nikko (Tochigi prefecture) where we will experience nature and historical aspects of Japan outside the busy city! We will be visiting the Shrines and Temples of Nikko (UNESCO World Heritage) and experience the old Edo culture.

Discover and experience "COOL JAPAN" for yourself with us during summer 2019!

Please check our program website for more details! 

Application Period:
February 1 (Fri) - February 28 (Thu), 2019 <Japan Time>

1. Must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program as of July 19, 2019.
2. Must be 18+ years old as of July 19, 2019.
3. Must be able to attend courses and give presentations in English, and submit an assignment paper after the program.
4. Must attend all of the program activities from July 19 (Fri) to July 30 (Tue), 2019.

Language used:
*English will be used throughout the course, so Japanese Language ability is not required.

What our 2018 participants said about the program:
- A deeper understanding of Japanese culture and traditions.
- Through the program firstly I gained a lot of knowledge about Japanese culture and was surprised how much there is about it I didn’t know before which only gave me a will to continue my research about Japan. I also gained a lot of, what I hope to become long lasting relationships with other Cool Japan Summer Program participants which is also very important to me. I hope to return to Japan soon, because my experience made me fall in love with it even more!
- I had great experiences I will never forget.
- New friends, new knowledge, a wider horizon and delicate souvenirs.
- I met a lot of amazing people from all over the world and learned a lot about both Japan and the home countries of fellow participants!
- I have grown as an individual and am less confused about Japanese habits and customs.
- The program definitely made me feel more knowledgeable, more cultured.
- The trip to Nikko was amazing. I would love to try on a kimono again.
- New friends, new knowledge of Japan, new impression of Japanese university.