AGU Summer Program
The surrounding areas of our campus, Shibuya/Aoyama/Harajuku, have been developed to become the most vibrant and culturally ‘cool’ area of Tokyo, Japan, with easy access to everywhere in Tokyo. Our summer intensive study program at Aoyama Gakuin University is designed for students wishing to deepen their knowledge of Japanese culture in an academically rigorous and trend-setting environment in Tokyo.
At the end of the programme, the students will be able to:
・Deepen their understandings about both traditional and modern
Japanese culture through lectures, demonstrations and hands-on experiences
・Gain first-hand experience of communicating with native Japanese speakers
・Improve basic Japanese language skills
THE 2022 SUMMER PROGRAM WILL BE TEMPORARILY SUSPENDED DUE TO COVID-19. WE LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR PARTICIPATION AFTER 2023.
A certificate will be issued upon successful completion of this program.
*This program is not for AGU academic credit
*Program lineups are subject to change
*Japanese with English translation
Mr. Yuji Nunokawa, who is a founder of Studio Pierrot, the animation
studio that created some of the world’s most beloved animated series and films such as “The Wonderful Adventure of Nils”, “NARUTO” and “Bleach”, will talk about Japanese animation production, its history and inside stories.
*Japanese with English translation
Japanese Calligraphy (Shodo) is a form of artistic writing with a brush, which originates in China before developing its original style and form in Japan. Haru,a MEXT award-winning Shodo Artist who performs around the world, will give
you a hands-on experience to teach you the basics of calligraphy writing.
LOOKING CLOSELY – AT INSECTS!
IN JAPANESE CULTURE *English Lecture
It is often said that Japanese culture has a special relationship to nature,
one evident in its poetry and traditional arts. Aoyama Gakuin University Professor Mary Knighton will introduce the myriad ways in which insects appear not only in Japanese religion, folklore, and classical literature but creatively and diversely in seasonal practices, modern literature and film,popular culture, and industry as well.
(public transportation cost not included)
Learn the secret of Japanese cuisine ( “Washoku” ) in Asakusa!
You will learn how to prepare delicious Japanese dishes. After the cooking workshop, we will explore Asakusa, one of the most popular spots in Tokyo where you can see the buildings in traditional styles.
TEA CEREMONY (SADOU) WORKSHOP
The history of Japanese tea ceremony (Sadou) dates back to 9th century, and the art of tea ceremony has gradually been developed into the present form since then. In this workshop, participants will learn the history and the philosophy of Sadou, followed by the actual Sadou lesson with step by step instructions.
TRADITIONAL CANDY ART (AMEZAIKU)
Amezaiku is Japanese candy craft artistry originally started during the Heian period (794 – 1185AD). Amezaiku artists, using multi-colored taffy, creates various shapes such as fish, animals, anime characters, etc, with hands and other tools like tweezers and scissors. You can learn the basics of Amezaiku while enjoying the demonstrations by an Amezaiku artist.
Kimono is a traditional Japanese garment which was worn on a daily basis in old times until western garments were introduced. In modern society, kimono is mostly worn in special occasions such as ceremonies and weddings. In this workshop, participants will learn different kinds of kimono and how to wear them.
DAY TRIP TO GREATER KANTO AREA
A full-day bus trip to greater kanto area will give you a chance to escape from the city and enjoy the scenic beauty of suburban areas. We will enjoy fresh fruits harvesting and craft making workshop as well
2019 AGU Summer Program Schedule (Tentative)
To be announced…
Aoyama Gakuin University International Center
+81-3-3409-8462 (Aoyama Campus)