Info Session: Summer Study Abroad: Japan: In Search of Emptiness & Wabi Sabi

Presented by the Office of Special Programs
February 4, 2014, 11:15–11:45 pm
Nave, San Francisco Campus

Room N5
More info: Carol Pitts,

Alternative info session with Doug Akagi: Wednesday, February 5, 3:15-3:45 p.m.
San Francisco campus, N5

The Japanese concept of emptiness is rooted in the ancient Shinto belief that a void attracts kami or gods, and wabi sabi is the quintessential Japanese aesthetic that locates beauty in an object’s imperfection, impermanence, or incompletion.

Students in this course discover, define, and document examples of these traditional Japanese concepts during 10 days in Japan’s mega-metropolis, Tokyo, and four days in Kyoto, its ancient capitol.

In both cities the class experiences some of the world’s most efficient intra-city transportation systems, using the interconnecting subway and train systems to get to all planned destinations, while visiting over 30 venues that include museums, galleries, temples, shrines, and gardens.

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