Japan—A Pacific Perspective

Hiroshima, Osaka, Kyoto, Takayama, Nagoya, and Tokyo

Summer Program

July 9–August 2, 2018

Description

East meets West in this unparalled study abroad program, immersing students in the culture, traditions, and global perspectives of Japan. Travel to Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Nagoya, and Hiroshima, while earning high school credits on location, and embarking on an adventure of a lifetime.

 
25
DAYS 
One Course Program

Courses Offered

  • World Cultures
  • Introduction to Anthropology, Psychology and Sociology

Staffing

9:1 Student to Staff Ratio

Availability

CLOSED

*Based on air fares, land tariffs and currency exchange rates as of February, 2018. Please note the possibility of increases in airfares and land costs prior to departure. Any increase must be borne by the individual participant.
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It’s safe to say that MEI changed my life! Never have I experienced such a diverse learning environment, while at the same moment being surrounded by people who had, after only a few days, become my family! The education, independence, and self regulation taught on this adventure are incredible, and the teachers are both there to offer a helping hand, and push you when you need it most! Sitting on the steps of the Great Wall of China while learning about Chinese history, is a moment I will treasure forever. Learning so much about the world we live in and how it works, while being there in real time, has prepared me for a future which I am so excited to embark on. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

Millie Hannan
MEI Student, 2016 and 2018

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It’s safe to say that MEI changed my life! Never have I experienced such a diverse learning environment, while at the same moment being surrounded by people who had, after only a few days, become my family! The education, independence, and self regulation taught on this adventure are incredible, and the teachers are both there to offer a helping hand, and push you when you need it most! Sitting on the steps of the Great Wall of China while learning about Chinese history, is a moment I will treasure forever. Learning so much about the world we live in and how it works, while being there in real time, has prepared me for a future which I am so excited to embark on. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.

Millie Hannan
MEI Student, 2016 and 2018

Courses Offered

World Cultures
GRADE CODE
12 HSC4M

This course explores how we assume cultural identity, how groups maintain a sense of self, and how cultures are transformed over time. Japan allows students to investigate a culture fundamentally different than their own. As they compare the Japanese spiritual beliefs, art forms, and philosophy with their own, students gain a richer perspective while developing their skills of critical thinking, research, and analysis.

 

Introduction to Anthropology, Psychology and Sociology
GRADE CODE
11 HSP3U
This course provides students the opportunity to think critically about theories, questions and issues related to anthropology, psychology, and sociology. Students develop an understanding of the practices and research methods used by social scientists. They are given opportunities to explore theories from a variety of perspectives, to conduct social science research, and to become familiar with current thinking on a range of issues within the three disciplines.

 

Program Itinerary

July 9–August 2, 2018

Pre-departure Meeting: Mid-June

Day 1 Toronto—Departure
Day 2–5 Hiroshima and Miyajima
Day 5–7 Osaka
Day 7–12 Kyoto
Day 12–19 Takayama and Nagoya
Day 19–25 Tokyo

Flight and hotel details are available on individual program sites, available to registered students and their parents.

Preparation and Coursework

Preparation and Coursework

In order to ease into the program, students have access to the course website where reading lists are posted. Course preparation is completed over four weeks. The first two-week session begins in early May, and focuses on novel studies. The second session begins in late June, and focuses on small assignments. These online sessions are designed to connect students with their teachers and classmates, and to help lessen the workload during the summer. Students are required to complete all prep work prior to departure to ensure they are ready to hit the ground running overseas.
Departure from Toronto

Departure from Toronto

Day 1

Our study abroad departure hub is Toronto’s Pearson International Airport. Five hours prior to departure, a short meeting is held at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel, Terminal 3, to distribute course packs, maps, and to clarify travel procedures. All students are responsible for making their own travel arrangements to the Sheraton Gateway Hotel. Students making alternate arrangements must contact MEI before November 30.
Hiroshima and Miyajima

Hiroshima and Miyajima

Days 2–5

From Toronto, we travel abroad to the Japanese city of Hiroshima, largely known in the West by the the atomic bomb that devastated the city at the end of World War II. At the beautiful Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and Museum, students reflect on the resilience of the Japanese people, and engage in dialogues on perspectives in war, memory, and the ever evolving process of international relations. Hiroshima has rebuilt itself from the devastation of 1945, to a city filled with art and culture. Students have the opportunity to investigate this modern Japan with a visit to the Museum of Contemporary Art. An hour train ride from Hiroshima, students learn about the unique cultural heritage of the Japanese in Miyajima at the Itsukushima Shrine, which transports them back in time to the famous Torii Gates.

Osaka

Osaka

Days 5–7

A bullet train transports the class across the island of Japan to Osaka, another city of contrasts. There, students explore the marine aquarium juxtaposed against the historical Osaka Castle. Students examine the relationship between a once-isolated Japan and the rest of the world, as they trace the the challenges its faced in its economic evolution from World War II to the present day. Evenings are spent walking along the Dōtonbori canal—reminding visitors of a curious mix of Venice, Italy, and New York City’s Times Square. Osaka’s colorful electronic billboards and historical architecture immerse students in a fascinating example of a city where east truly meets west.

Kyoto

Kyoto

Days 7–12

From Osaka, students travel to the  cultural heart of Japan: Kyoto. Known to many North Americans for the infamous failed Kyoto Protocol, it is a perfect location for delving into the complexities of international agreements, climate change, and the power of protest. The City of Ten Thousand Shrines, Kyoto teems with remarkable Buddhist temples, Zen gardens, palaces, and traditional wooden bridges and homes. Amidst its well-kept gardens, students delve into the study of Geisha, the often misunderstood art form performed by Japanese women.

 

Takayama and Nagoya

Takayama and Nagoya

Days 12–19

From Kyoto, students travel to Takayama in order to slow down the pace and focus on academic writing. Time there is spent working on major essays with close guidance from teachers, as well as commencing research for final Independent Study Unit interviews. Excursions to the Toyota museum in Nagoya, inspire dialogue in lecture, as students weigh topics such as the pros and cons of a car-centric society as it relates to international trade.
Tokyo

Tokyo

Days 19–25

The bustling capital of Tokyo, is the last stop on our journey through Japan. A collision of traditional and modern, students are instantly immersed in the neon-lit streets surrounded by towering skyscrapers, juxtaposed against  serene parks dotted with temples and cherry trees. Students visit sites like Shibuya crossing—the busiest pedestrian crossing in the world, and the lively and fashionable Roppongi and Harajuku neighborhoods. Over meals of Japanese BBQ and bowls of shabu shabu, students reflect on their time in Japan in preparation for their final exams, after which they bid a fond farewell from atop the Tokyo Tower.

Departure from Tokyo (Day 25)

What’s Included?

 

Program Fee Includes Program Fee Does Not Include
Program Costs

  • Ministry-approved credit(s) upon successful completion of the course(s)
  • $95 Registration Fee
  • Custom course pack
  • Student Login
  • MEI journal
  • Digital yearbook
Travel Costs

  • Hotels and accommodations
  • Breakfast and dinner daily
  • Entrance fees to all course-specific sites
  • Return airfare from Toronto’s
  • Pearson International Airport
  • Approximate airline departure taxes, surcharges and fees
  • Transportation between hotel locations via private coach`
  • Transportation for all listed program excursions
Extra Costs

  • Lunches
  • Insurances
  • Gratuities
  • Course texts
  • Medical Insurance and Cancellation Protection*

*All students travelling with MEI Academy are required to purchase Medical Insurance.

What’s Included?

 

Program Fee Includes
Program Costs

  • Ministry-approved credit(s) upon successful completion of the course(s)
  • $95 Registration Fee
  • Custom course pack
  • Student Login
  • MEI journal
  • Digital yearbook
Travel Costs

  • Hotels and accommodations
  • Breakfast and dinner daily
  • Entrance fees to all course-specific sites
  • Return airfare from Toronto’s
  • Pearson International Airport
  • Approximate airline departure taxes, surcharges and fees
  • Transportation between hotel locations via private coach`
  • Transportation for all listed program excursions
Program Fee Does Not Include
Extra Costs

  • Lunches
  • Insurances
  • Gratuities
  • Course texts
  • Medical Insurance and Cancellation Protection*

*All students travelling with MEI Academy are required to purchase Medical Insurance.

Hiroshima

Days 2–8

Osaka

Days 8–14

Kyoto

Days 14–18

Takayama

Days 18-25

Nagoya

Tokyo

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