Media Studies: Japan

Japan Faculty-Led


The objective of this course is to study, learn and apply knowledge in a way that helps us determine the expectations and possibilities for communications and mass media in a global setting. Students take a comparative approach to explore the differences in various channels of the media including print, broadcasting, publishing, and advertising between Japan and United States. 

Students also keep travel a journal and contribute writings daily on various aspects of the course, for example, interviews with media organizations, observations on advertising, and the impact of mass media on society..

Why Japan?

There’s little question that Japan is one of the premier locations in world to study media creation. Anime, video games and graphic design are just some of the renown industries that are popular domestically and overseas. In addition, Japan maintains a strong sense of tradition and cultural history while also being a world leader in innovative technology and fashion.

Learning Outcomes

  • Cultural differences in how news is covered by the media in Japan vis-à-vis the United States
  • Basic media writing with a focus on digital skills
  • The basic composition of travel essays and blog posts about Tokyo and Kyoto
  • The history and culture of Japan.

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Featured Experiences

Tsukiji Fish Market
To learn about Japanese cuisine, tour Tokyo's enormous Tsukiji Fish Market. A local guide will take you to the most interesting parts of the market, while telling you all about its history and significance.
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Shinjuku Goyen National Garden
Completed in 1906 as an imperial garden, Shinjuku Gyoen was re-designated as a national garden after the Second World War and opened to the public.The garden blends three distinct styles, Formal Garden, Landscape Garden and Japanese Traditional Garden, and is considered to be one of the most important gardens from the Meiji era.
Meiji Shrine
Meiji Shrine was completed and dedicated to the Emperor Meiji and the Empress Shoken in 1920. The shrine was destroyed during the Second World War but was rebuilt shortly thereafter. The spacious shrine grounds offer walking paths that are great for a relaxing stroll.
Tokyo Tower
Standing 333 meters high in the center of Tokyo, Tokyo Tower is the world's tallest, self-supported steel tower and 13 meters taller than its model, the Eiffel Tower. A symbol of Japan's post-war rebirth as a major economic power, the Tokyo Tow-er was the country's tallest structure from its completion in 1958 until 2012 when it was surpassed by the Tokyo Skytree.
Great Buddha
The Great Buddha of Kamakura is a bronze statue of Amida Buddha, which stands on the grounds of Kotokuin Temple. The statue was cast in 1252 and originally located inside a large temple hall. Since the late 15th century, the Buddha has been standing in the open air.
Enoshima Island
Enoshima is a small island off the Shōnan coast of Japan’s Kanagawa Prefecture. It’s known for the Enoshima Shrine, with statues honoring Benzaiten, the Buddhist goddess. It's also home to the Enospa hot springs and the 19th-century, English-style Samuel Cocking Garden with its Sea Candle lighthouse.
Fushimi Inari Shrine
Fushimi Inari Shrine is an important Shinto shrine in southern Kyoto. It is famous for its thousands of vermilion torii gates, which straddle a network of trails behind its main buildings. The trails lead into the wooded forest of the sacred Mount Inari, which stands at 233 meters and belongs to the shrine grounds.
Kiyomizudera Temple
Kiyomizudera is one of the most celebrated temples of Japan. It was founded in 780 on the site of the Otowa Waterfall in the wooded hills east of Kyoto, and derives its name from the fall's pure waters.In 1994, the temple was added to the list of UNESCO world heritage sites.
Fushimi Inari Shrine
Fushimi Inari Shrine, also known as Gion Shrine, is one of the most famous shrines in Kyoto. Founded over 1350 years ago, the shrine is located between the popular Gion District and Higashiyama District, and is often visited by tourists walking between the two districts.
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