Osaka, Japan Project Center

Japan Osaka
Current Director(s): 
Program Term(s): 
A-Term during early fall
Project Opportunities: 
Project preparation: 
Welcome, travel, and pre-departure orientations; project proposal and research plan coursework; cultural experience preparations

Location and Culture:

The city of Osaka is located in the Kansai region of Japan’s main island of Honshu, and is Japan’s third-largest city. Filled with food and entertainment venues and historic and cultural attractions, Osaka offers an eclectic mix of old and new, while Kyoto, known as the “heart of Japan,” boasts many important cultural sites. Average temperatures in September fall between 71°F and 85°F, and the weather tends to be rainy.

Housing and Meals:

WPI students will conduct their projects and live in university-arranged housing at Osaka University or Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto. Accommodation type and location are subject to change without notice and will be confirmed the term prior to departure.

Japanese cuisine is traditionally based around rice with miso soup, with emphasis on seasonal ingredients. Side dishes often contain fish, pickled vegetables, or vegetables in broth. Typical dishes include sushi, sashimi, tempura, miso soup, and red bean paste. Students should inform their advisor of any health concerns, dietary restrictions, or allergies in advance of participation in this program.

Past Projects:

Past students at the Osaka, Japan Project Center have created:

  • A learning game to teach Japanese writing
  • An augmented reality app to explore Kyoto through directional sound with traditional instruments
  • A fourth-dimensional virtual reality space using Vive