2015 Spring Field Study Program

Sakura in Ancient Capital of Japan: Kyoto and Nara  

 Humanities 1800: 3 semester hours; Syllabus with detailed information about course assignments and requirement will be available upon request.

Classroom meeting: Tuesdays: March 10th and 24th  5:30pm~7:50pm    (Attendance for both classes is required!)

This 10-day field trip to Japan examines its traditional cultural values by visiting major parks and gardens for flower ("Sakura" Cherry Blossoms), temples, shrines  castles as well as castles.  Students can also have an opportunity to observe some traditional theaters and ceremonies while participating in some cultural practice sessions.  This is a great cultural experience led by a full-time native Japanese instructor originally from Kyoto, Japan. The field experience takes place 3/27/2015-4/5/2015. A fee of $2,799 includes air, most domestic transportation, entrance fee, performance ticket, cultural activity fee, and accommodations with breakfast. Other meals are not included. Tuition is extra.

The instructor will help make an arrangement for those who want to extend the trip in Japan after completing this field study program.

Students are advised that this trip would require some walking in streets and steps. (Ask Shingo Satsutani if you have some concern about this.)

For more information, contact Shingo Satsutani at 630-942-2019 or satsutan@cod.edu

Fee Payment Schedule: $500 due upon registration

       $1,150 due 1/23/2015

                                     $1,149 due 2/20/2015 (Non-refundable after 2/20/2015!!)

Students are advised that this trip would require some walking in streets and steps. (Ask Shingo Satsutani if you have some concern about this.)

For more information, contact Shingo Satsutani at 630-942-2019 or satsutan@cod.edu

Tentative Itinerary for Field Trip to JAPAN (Example!)


March 27 (Fri) 

Meeting at O’Hare International Airport. Leaving for Osaka.  

March 28 (Sat) 

Arriving in Osaka. Transfer to Kyoto by train. Hotel Check in.

March 29 (Sun)  

Maruyama Park, Yasaka Shrine, Kiyomizu Temple, and Sanjusangendo-Temple 

March 30 (Mon)

The Phoenix Pavilion (Byodo-in), Daigo-ji Temple, Heian Jingu Shrine. Nijo Castle, and Shinsen’en.

March 31 (Tue)

Kinkaku-ji Temple (The Golden Pavilion) and Ryoan-ji Temple (The rock garden) through Ritsumeikan University (Shingo’s University). Hirano Shrine and Kitano Tenmangu Shrine. Nishijin Textile Center.

April 1 (Wed)

Eikando (Zen’rin-ji Temple), Nyakuoji Shrine, Philosophers Trail, Ginkaku-ji Temple (The Silver Pavilion). Kyoto Handicraft Center, Gion Corner (Traditional Japanese Performing Arts Theater such as Kyogen, Bunraku, Gagaku, Kyomai)  

April 2 (Thu)

Daikaku-ji Temple (Calligraphy Hands-on), Tenryu-ji Temple, Togetsu Bridge, Bamboo Path, Arashiyama Park.

April 3 (Fri)

Kamigamo Shrine through Shimogamo Shrine along Kamo River.  The Cherry Blossom Full bloom day (tentative)

April 4 (Sat)

Half-day trip to Nara. (Todai-ji Temple, Kasuga Shrine, Nara Deer Park, etc.) Shijo Central Area.

April 5 (Sun)

Transfer to Osaka Airport by train.  Leaving for Chicago.

Arriving in Chicago

Notes: Students are required to complete several assignments during the field

trip and submit to the instructor on April 5.

N.B. This scheduling should be comfortable even though it looks too hectic!