Japan Summer Study Abroad Information Session (San Francisco only)

Presented by the Office of Special Programs
February 29, 2012, 3:15–3:45 pm
Four days in Kyoto :: 10 Days in Tokyo :: In Search of Emptiness and Wabi-Sabi

San Francisco campus, East 1

Free and open to currently enrolled students only
Contact: Carol Pitts, cpitts@cca.edu, 510.594.3732

Tokyo | the Power of the Old, the Shock of the New
Information Session with Doug Akagi (course instructor)

The quest of this course is to explore Tokyo metropolis, discovering, recording, and interpreting examples of traditional Japanese aesthetic values. Most of us are familiar with the mainstream phenomena that has characterized Japanese pop culture for the past two decades. Manga, anime, and Kawaii (or the cute craze) are commonly known, but the true origins of Japanese aesthetics lie in the traditions of its two indigenous religions, Shintoism and Buddhism. While the focus of our visit is an investigation of traditional Japanese aesthetics, we also explore the compelling surface of the city.

Prerequisites

Prerequisite: Undergraduates: successful completion of Level 3 corequisites (GD 3 + Type 3) and instructor approval.
Graduates: instructor approval

For undergraduates, this course satisfies a Diversity Studies Studio, Studio Elective, Graphic Design Investigative studio, Graphic Design 4, or Advance Design Studio.

For graduates, this course satisfies a gradwide elective