Japan – May 23, 2018 to June 20, 2018
This intensive four week course of study directed by Professor Matthew Jarosz is designed not only to introduce students to important architectural and urban artifacts in Tokyo, Osaka, and Kyoto, but also to examine the cultural context that shapes and informs them. Structured as a carefully calculated mix of old and new, students undertake field study of canonic buildings and urban spaces in eastern thought about architecture, while simultaneously exploring cultural themes around the conflicts of modernism and heritage. Excursions to Kobe, Nara, Yokohama, Nagoya, Himeji, Nikko, Kanazawa, and Shirakawa follow similar themes. A one week field study in Kamimomi, Gokayama, Kanazawa or Miyama in mountainous central Japan, as well as a one-day excursion to seaside villages, follow similar themes and are offered as part of this trip. The course includes recommendations for independent, optional excursions to Mt Fuji along with visits to Hiroshima and Nagasaki with an examination of culture, architecture, and urbanism.
The deadline for applying for the trip is March 1, 2018.