Japanese Entertainment and Media

Tokyo, Japan

May 14- June 3, 2018

Program Highlights

  • Attend the Sanja Matsuri in Asakusa
  • Attend traditional Japanese performances, such as Kabuki
  • Travel to Kansai and stay at a traditional inn in Kyoto
  • Explore Akihabara, Shinjuku, and Shibuya
  • This is an Intercultural (IC) designated core course 

Program Description

This program is designed to introduce students to Japanese soft power through the analysis of entertainment and media. There is an analysis of traditional forms of entertainment, such as Kabuki, Takarazuka Revue, and tea ceremony, as well as modern forms of media and entertainment including a study of manga, anime, and video games. 

Course Information

Course Name: Japanese Entertainment and Media

Course Number: COLG 280 

Credit Number: 2

Designation: Intercultural 

Program Cost

The estimated Program Fee is $2,500 plus the cost of 2 CSB/SJU credits at the reduced summer tuition rate (approximately $615 per credit).

This price includes:

  • Accommodations during the program
  • Japan Rail Pass: This pass is valid on all JR Rail, Bus, and Ferry Lines
  • Course related excursions including: admission to museums and cultural attractions, and theatre productions as outlined in the itinerary
  • Program administrative costs and fees
  • Welcome and Farewell dinners as well as breakfast and dinner while in Kyoto

The Program Fee does not include:

  • Roundtrip airfare to Tokyo Narita Airport (estimated at $1800)
  • Most meals (estimated at $800)- the price is food in Japan is very similar to that in the United States. 
  • Personal spending money (estimated at $500)
  • Activities, housing or transportation not associated with or included in the program. 


While in Tokyo, students will be housed in dormitories provided by CSB/SJU partner Bunkyo Gakuin University (BGU). BGU makes the final determination on housing. In the past, students have been housed in the international residence hall or divided by gender in separate halls all within a 10 minute walk from campus. The all-female residence hall does have a curfew, restricting the hours of entrance and exit between 11:30pm-7:30am. For those students wishing to enter or exit during those hours, a form can be completed to allow this activity. 

While in Takarazuka we will stay 2 nights in a "western style" hote. The amenities in the hotel will be similar to those you find in the United States or Europe, though the rooms will most certainly be smaller than those in the United States. 

While in Kyoto we will stay at the Hiiragiya Bekkan. This is a traditional Japanese Inn and thus the amenities will differ substantially from accommodations in the U.S. Bedding will be a futon that is brought out in the evening and put away during the day. Rooms will have access to shared baths. 


William duPont IV has a PhD in Economics and an MA in Asian Studies, specializing in Japan. He has spent over 18 months collectively studying, researching, and working in Japan, and has lived in Chiba (outside of Tokyo) as well as Shiga (outside of Kyoto). While his research is more oriented towards the Japanese economy, he enjoys many facets of Japanese culture.