January 7–21, 2014 (depart United States January 6, 2014)
*Note: Dates subject to change

Bunka Oudan III is a journey that we hope begins to disentangle Japan, while at the same time enriching and complicating our sense of Japan. The trip will introduce students to the history and culture of Japan, manifest in the coexistence of a rich historical past, with the fluid character of contemporary art, fashion, and brilliant technology. Historical buildings, artifacts, monuments, gardens, and a continuity of social and religious practices reside together with the fleeting, excessiveness of contemporary culture, and with some of the most advanced technologies and products of our time. In our visits to renowned buildings, Shinto shrines, Buddhist temples, medieval gardens, museums, architectural firms, we will attend to the strange and curious hybridization alive within everyday life in Japan.

Japan's oscillation between the considered pace of a tea ceremony and the frenzied cacophony of the Pachinko parlor opens an utterly fascinating chasm. But is our gaze merely superficial, perpetuated by Western media, popular culture, and the voyeurism of the tourist? Is our fascination merely a desire for the exotic, a reinforcement of our own values and practices, rather than a genuine interest in the Other, in Japan? Is there a deeper, less obvious relationship between the mixed temporality of tradition and progress? Is the hybridism of different times and cultures perhaps a reconciliation of the increasingly generic character of contemporary lifestyles and the rich, but uneven singularity of local life? Perhaps the contradictions inherent in contemporary Japan are less contradictory than they might seem, and offer a source of emergent creativity from which we have much to learn.

Credits: 3 credits STUDIO and / or 3 credits ARTHI

Stanley Murashige, Art History, Theory, and Criticism
Douglas Pancoast, Architecture, Interior Architecture and Designed Objects

Program fee: Approx. $3,000 (including accommodation, admissions, ground transport, some group meals. Not including airfare)

PLUS Tuition cost per credit:
Undergraduate—$1,327 per credit hour;
Graduate—$1,409 per credit hour.

Budget at least $1,500 for airfare if flying from the United States. (Note this is only an estimated figure. Actual fare will depend on many variables including airline, number of stopovers, exchange rate fluctuations, ports of departure and return, and date of ticket purchase).

Online registration begins: October 10, 2013

Deposit due at registration: $525

Information session:
October 1, 2013 at 12.10 p.m.
MacLean Center, 112 S. Michigan Ave., suite 619

October 3, 2013 at 12.10 p.m.
MacLean Center, 112 S. Michigan Ave., 608