Approximately two weeks in Tokyo, which is the seat of government and commerce. This city is a megalopolis, currently the largest city in the world. A modern city, you will be able to participate in accessible events all over.
Approximately two weeks in Kyoto, which is the ancient capital of Japan and is considered the heart of Japanese traditional culture. We will be there during Gion Matsuri, the oldest festival in Japan. Here, we will study the intersection of cultural preservation with modern life.
Approximately one week in Hiroshima, which hosts the Peace Park and Peace Museum. In addition to being a modern city and economic hub in the south, Hiroshima is closely located to Miyajima, or temple island, which is widely featured in pictures about Japan. Here, you can feed deer, boat through or walk through massive Tori Gates depending on the tide, and explore a massive temple complex.
The inquiry seminar is an individually-defined project about Japan (what is often called Japanese Studies) and asks you to pose a research question about culture, history, art, or literature and then answer that question through research.
In order to do an inquiry seminar abroad, all students must have completed three HUA courses at WPI. 1 AP course can count toward this three.