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Tokyo Lights: A Creative Writing Seminar
Conducted in English


In this course, you ​will seek out and write your own sense of place and self-discovery from the seaside of Chiba to the streets of Tokyo and the shrines of Kamakura.  You first study and model key “place” writers such as Ezra Pound, E.B. White, and Basho.  Then, you will consider and explore readings from a body of writers with wide-ranging portraits and sensibilities of their own Japan.  The course features guest writers who will discuss their writing process with you, their sense of writing and craft, and the reasons why they write.  Other guest lecturers may include journalists, leading film and anime producers, music producers, chefs, and so on with the ultimate intent of giving students a more in-depth and unique cultural insight into Japan and its people.  Your cultural immersion serves as an experiential foundation to integrate in your writing.  Additional highlights of the course include a four-night stay at Sunset Breeze (a seaside retreat in Chiba), survival Japanese language training, a visit to the largest Buddha in Japan, a Matsuri performance with taiko drumming and a barbecue to follow, a trip to Studio Ghibli, and live Sumo action.  As a capstone of the course, students will go on a two-day writer’s retreat to Kamakura, the spiritual heart and literary oasis of Japan. 

The course also includes a culture program with a four-night stay at a seaside retreat, a visit to the largest Buddha in Japan, a Matsuri performance with taiko drumming and a barbecue to follow, a trip to Studio Ghibli, live Sumo action, and more.

Group Airfare will be arranged for this program. 



Culture program syllabus

Location: Tokyo, Japan 

NY departure and return dates: January 1-24, 2018

Arrive in Tokyo January 2nd for transfer to Culture Program site

Course:  3 credit, English

Faculty: The Film Academy at Magic Hour


Housing: Dormitory style with communal bathrooms and showers


Program Costs:

Cost (includes all expenses below): $3700

CUNY tuition (for in-state, matriculated undergraduates): $855

Queens College program fee: $400 

Travel insurance: $47

Consolidated fee (includes Housing, cultural events, and students fees): $2398

Not included in the above cost:

Airfare: $1600 (estimate)

Minimum budget for meals and personal expenses of $25 to $30 per day.

Application Deadline: October 27, 2017

Programs are open to all undergraduate students from all CUNY campuses (unless restricted by level of study, language fluency, or other program criteria). Travel on Fridays and some Saturdays for some programs.

Education Abroad Office
King Hall, Room 203
Queens College, CUNY
65-30 Kissena Blvd.
Flushing, New York 11367-1597 
718-997-5055 (FAX)  
Email: Education Abroad​

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