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  • Locations: Kyoto, Japan; Nara, Japan; Osaka, Japan
  • Program Terms: Travel Sem- May
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  • Restrictions: Skidmore applicants only
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
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Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA: 2.75
Program Features: Academic Program Departmental Approval: Art
Language Requirement: No Credit Type: Skidmore Credit
Non-Skidmore Student: No Class Year: 01- First Year, 02- Sophomore, 03- Junior, 04- Senior
Program Description:
One could rightly say that Kyoto is the textile Mecca of the world in both a spiritual and material sense. The city provides both the inspiration and the means for the creation of outstanding textiles. This unique location is an ideal setting in Japan for a travel seminar in studio art. The ancient arts of weaving, dyeing and ceramics are still practiced today. One can still get a glimpse of graceful kimono clad women walking in the streets and byways lined with shops selling traditional ceramics. Contemporary artists and craftsmen have adapted old methods and processes to create new variations on traditional forms as well as innovativeHollyhock Festival), dating to the 6th century, honors two of the oldest shrines in the city with a procession through the streets of hundreds of figures in period costumes, horsemen and decorated ox drawn carts. This major event is part of a week of field trips to famous temples with their traditional gardens and collections of art, shrines, historic sites, museums, traditional workshops, galleries and artists’ studios.

For a part of the program the students will be housed in a hotel situated near the Kamo River, Botanical Garden, neighborhood shops and public transportation. The field trips and living ambiance are structured to provide the participants with complete immersion into Japanese life and culture Kyoto-style. Contacts with artists and art students, through visits to studios and schools, are a very important aspect of the program. There will also be opportunities to visit outdoor flea markets selling traditional goods, various crafts and antiques.

Students will engage with the Japanese culture though visiting traditional festivals, the Nishiki Market, Nara Park, traditional temples and shrines, and a Japanese cultural museum. In addition, students will engage with local peers and collaborate to create a PowerPoint presentation about their work. Students will take a field trip together to Osaka Castle and to Dotonbori. Students will be able to communicate with each other because the Japanese students will have sufficient English speaking skills and the group will have a dedicated translator for the duration of the seminar. Dedicated assignments help students to deepen their understanding and historical appreciation of Japanese 

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