Japanese pop culture has a huge impact on youth culture around the world, from Hello Kitty to manga and anime to J-pop. Studying pop culture through an academic lens gives you a different understanding of the media, the impact, and the society behind it all.
With its rich culture, reputation as being “the nation’s kitchen,” and a friendly population, Osaka is the perfect city to dive into the study of Japanese pop culture.
Day Trips and Activities
Group leaders organize regular activities in and around Osaka. Design your own ramen cup at the Instant Ramen Museum. Go to a manga café. Participate in a tea ceremony on campus. Hike in Minoh Park with your group for some fresh air and relaxation at the waterfall. Visit a Buddhist monastery in Arashiyama and practice the art of Zen meditation.
Enjoy program-sponsored travel to Tokyo. Ride the Shinkansen (bullet train) into the city. People watch in Harajuku. Spend hours in the Akihabara district, shopping in the endless anime, manga, and video game market stalls. Visit the Meiji Shrine. Take part in a traditional crafts workshop and learn from a skilled artist. See the ancient Buddhist temple at Sensō-ji in Asakusa. Eat traditional foods with your group and practice your Japanese in a different city.
Japanese Pop Culture as a Global Phenomenon - 45 hours. 3 credits.
Focus on the economic, historical, and societal impacts of the pop culture that’s made Japan famous. The course covers: a survey of Japanese pop culture; Japan’s cultural influence on the world; the global phenomena of anime and manga, video games, J-pop, fashion, and street food; pop culture and youth communities.
Conversational Japanese - 15 hours. 1 credit.
Beginning, Intermediate, or Advanced levels available.
Housing & Meals
You share a furnished room and bathroom with another CET student in an apartment. A group leader or resident assistant lives in each house and facilitates regular activities. Residences have varying layouts, but you always have peers and staff around to help with your Japanese homework or watch the latest hit game show once you close your books for the night. All meals are included in your program fee. Stop at a convenience store with your group and grab breakfast on your way to class. Try out the campus cafeteria for lunch. Cook a quick dinner with your roommates in your apartment.
Cost and Session Information
Summer 2021 program details coming soon.
Program fee includes: Tuition, housing, all meals, excursions & activities, textbooks, transcript, medical & evacuation insurance.