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Japanese Film and Culture

Conducted in English

In this series lecture seminar, you will take an extensive, in-depth look at the film world of Japan. Your course director and key lecturer, Mr. Ariyoshi, President of Magic Hour, Inc., and co-founder of The Academy at Magic Hour, has over thirty-five years of experience as an independent film producer, buyer, distributor, and promoter. Course highlights include a personalized tour of Toho Film Studio (the studio for Akira Kurosawa’s films, among them Seven Samuraias well as Ishiro Honda’s Godzilla) with a lecture from the former President of Toho Studio and head of the Japan Academy Award Selection Committee. You will receive lectures on Japanese film history, anime, and avant-garde as well as have Q&A with principle Japanese producers and directors. Past lecturers have also included award-winning Japanese soundtrack composers and film editors, who introduce you to their creative process live in the classroom. By course-end, you will have gained a healthy sense of the professionalism, dedication, and skill that so characterizes the Japanese film industry. 
The course includes an intensive culture program at a seaside retreat in Kyonan, Chiba, survival Japanese 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.
No prior film experience or knowledge of Japanese or Japanese film is required. 

Note: Group Airfare will be arranged for this program. ​




Japan Culture Program Syllabus

Location: Tokyo, Japan

NY departure and return dates: January 1-24, 2019

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

Course: 3
 credits, Media Studies

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: $2815

Cost includes:

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

Queens College program fee:                                          $400 

Travel and Medical insurance:                                          $55

Not included in the above cost:

CUNY tuition​ for in-state, matriculated undergraduates: $885

(For out of state undergraduate: $1800)

Mandatory group airfare: $1600 (estimate)

Minimum budget for meals and personal expenses of $25 to $30 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 26th, 2018

Application Link: Apply Today

Education Abroad Office
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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