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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 in Japan, from the seaside of Chiba to the streets of Tokyo and the shrines and temples (and beach) of Kamakura. You will first study and model key “place” writing in the works of Basho, Ezra Pound, and E. B. White. Then, you will consider and explore readings from a small body of writers who offer wide-ranging portraits and sensibilities of their own Tokyo. Past guest writers for this program have included award-winning writers Shungicu Uchida and Masahiko Shimada. Other lecturers include journalists, leading film and anime producers, music producers, and so on, with the ultimate intent of giving students a more in-depth and unique cultural insight into Japan and its people. For the capstone of the course, students go on a three-day writer’s retreat to Kamakura, the spiritual heart and literary oasis of Japan.
Additional highlights of the course include a five-day stay at a seaside retreat in Kyonan, Chiba, survival Japanese language training, a visit to the largest sitting Buddha in Japan, a Matsuri performance with taiko drumming and dinner to follow, a trip to Studio Ghibli, a culture program lecture and dinner in Tokyo, and more. This cultural immersion doubly serves as an experiential foundation to integrate in your writing.

Group Airfare will be arranged for this program. 



Japan Culture Program Syllabus


Location: Tokyo, Japan 

NY departure and return dates: January 1-24, 2020

Group flight arrives in Tokyo on January 2nd

Course:  3 credit, English

Faculty: The Film Academy at Magic Hour
Housing: Dormitory style with communal bathrooms and showers


Program Costs

Cost paid to Queens College Study Abroad Office: $2820

Cost includes:

Housing, cultural events, excursions, students fees:         $2360

Queens College program fee:                                          $400 

Travel and Medical insurance:                                          $60

Not included in the above cost:

CUNY tuition for in-state, matriculated undergraduates: $915

(For out of state undergraduate: $1860)

Mandatory group airfare: $1700 (estimate)

Minimum budget for meals and personal expenses of $30 to $35 per day.


Please keep in mind:

-      Programs are open to all undergraduate students from all CUNY campuses (unless restricted by level of study, language fluency, or other program criteria)

-       Some programs may require travel on Fridays and some Saturdays

-       Students are encouraged to apply early


Application Deadline: October 25th, 2019

Application Link: Apply Today


Chancellor's Global Scholarship (CGS) for Study Abroad

Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship

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

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