Tokyo: Imagining and Reimagining the Nation through Its Capital City.

Start Date: April 1, 2017
End Date: July 10, 2017
Time Detail: April 1, 2017: Online Orientation; June 27, 2017 Tokyo component. 16 hours online orientation; 12 days in Tokyo]
Location: Tokyo
Type of Course: Residential Seminars and Summer Institutes
Audience: Secondary-level NCTA alumni of 2015 or 2016 seminars or summer programs (including NCTA study tours) that provided a minimum of 30 hours content on contemporary Japan. Please see application packet for prerequisite details.
Course Description: The seminar will take place entirely in the Tokyo area and will take advantage of Tokyo
geography, history, art, architecture, and local expertise to explore themes of Japanese national identity
beginning in the Meiji period and extending to preparations to showcase Japan as Olympic host in 2020. Emphasis will be on exploring the issue of national identity through space, place, sites of remembrance and culture, and popular culture that speak to Japan’s national image as constructed and consumed within Japan and as perceived globally. Specifically, we will explore key periods of expansion and growth—or physical reconstruction: (1) the growth of an international capital city in the late 19th- and early 20th- centuries, (2) the literal, figurative, and artistic reconstruction of Tokyo as the cultural and economic centerpiece of a modern peaceful nation in the late 20th century, and (3) the current projects to reassert Japan as a global technological leader for debut at the 2020 Olympics. We will consider how Tokyo, because of environment and geography, has evolved over time with a sense of the temporary and transient and how forced reconstruction of Tokyo at key points in the modern period has provided opportunities for the city and Japan to recast identity and inspire national pride.
Registration and Info:

Registration information HERE.

Offered to: All States
Additional Information: *Departure and return dates may vary by one or two days depending on available flight schedules and fares.