FLSA - Japan - 2013

Name of program:

Visual Arts of Japan



Hikone, Shiga Prefecture, Japan


Professor Mitsutoshi Oba, moba@nmu.edu, 906-227-2862

Course(s) and eligibility:

AD495 Fieldwork in Japanese Visual Culture, Winter 2014, 4 credits; a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA, good academic and disciplinary status at the time of program travel.

Term and approximate travel dates:

Winter 2014 course with a two-week trip to Japan May 7-21, 2014 (tentative)

Application deadline: 

Admissions on a rolling basis; final deadline TBA. To apply, download FLSA application from International Programs website: www.nmu.edu/ipo or pick up form from IPO office in 2101 Hedgcock.

Program snapshot:


After preparatory studies of Japanese art and language during the Winter semester, we visit the Japan Center for Michigan Universities in Hikone, Shiga prefecture, where we continue our studies of Japanese visual culture with field trips to Ikaruga, Nara, Kyoto, and Tokyo, as well as to neighboring areas including Higashiomi and Nagahama. We will visit historical sites such as Shinto shrines, Buddhist temples, and feudal castles, as well as museums and commercial districts for contemporary visual culture. At JCMU, get hands-on experience in Japanese traditional arts such as painting, calligraphy, tea ceremony, and flower arrangement. Students are expected to research on an interaction between the tradition and the modern within a series of specific objects of their choice from Japanese visual culture (the fine arts, architecture, furniture, fashion, movies, toys, comics, commercial design, etc.).

Estimated cost:


Financial assistance:

For information on individual eligibility for NMU financial assistance, contact Financial Aid at 227-2327.

Interest meetings:


For more information: 

Professor Mitsutoshi Oba, moba@nmu.edu, 906-227-2862
Susan Morgan, goabroad@nmu.edu