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Tokyo is, in many ways, an ideal site for study abroad. It is an incredibly dynamic city. Here one can find every entertainment. The city has so much to offer; one could easily and spend a lifetime exploring it and still make new discoveries. Throughout the year, the National Theater and Kabukiza Theater feature kabuki, traditional Japanese theater. Noh plays, another traditional form of stage art, are performed in several Nohgakudo in the city. Live concerts by Western performers can be heard frequently, and many major orchestras, ballet troupes, rock bands and opera companies tour Japan regularly.
The juxtaposition of the old and the new is one of the most fascinating things about Tokyo. Students living in one of the world’s global economic powers experience modern 21st century life in Asia, but at the same time, ancient customs, traditions and evidence of Japan’s historical heritage are apparent in every interaction. In the midst of the hustle and bustle of this extraordinarily contemporary city, one occasionally sees women in kimonos running their daily errands and traditionally dressed laborers at work.
As might be expected of a city that is an economic powerhouse, what confronts the visitor initially is the incredible level of energy in Tokyo. But not far from its busy modern thoroughfares lie quiet local neighborhoods where the traditional pattern of Japanese life still ebbs and flows. Scattered throughout the city are peaceful parks and gardens, many of which are renowned for their seasonal flower displays. In spite of its size, Tokyo is also a very liveable city, accessible and efficient, with excellent public transportation systems. It is also one of the safest cities in the world. Temple University, Japan Campus (TUJ), located in the heart of all this activity, is uniquely situated to assist students who wish to take advantage of Tokyo’s rich array of resources, activities and traditions.
The TUJ campus occupies several floors within two office buildings in the Minami Azabu and Mita districts in central Tokyo. The area is home to the offices of many international companies and a number of embassies, several of which are in the immediate vicinity of TUJ. Keio University and Meiji Gakuin University are both less than a 10-minute walk away. Shops and restaurants around the campus cater to the embassy and foreign communities in the area. Restaurant options range from traditional Japanese washoku and kaiseki to international cuisine.
TUJ is within easy reach of a number of exciting Tokyo neighborhoods, including Shibuya, an entertainment area popular with young adults. The Imperial Palace, where the emperor resides, the Diet Building (Japanese legislature), and the shopping districts of Ginza and Shinjuku are all less than three miles from campus.
TUJ is accessible by Tokyo’s famous public transportation system from every
part of the greater Tokyo metropolitan area and is within walking distance of
the Shirokane Takanawa, Mita, and Azabu Juban subway stations and the Tamachi
train station on the Yamanote line.
Housing in Tokyo is provided in a few select facilities, all of which have air conditioning and provide access to a kitchen, laundry facilities and the internet. Basic furnishings, linens, dishes and kitchen utensils are provided. Each housing facility is within a short walk of restaurants, cafes, grocery stores and shops, and in general, the commute to campus is approximately 50 minutes by public transportation. By living in a different area of the city, students have the opportunity to experience life both in and beyond central Tokyo.
Homestays with Japanese families are available for selected students, with priority given to those with prior study of the Japanese language who are interested in complete linguistic and cultural immersion. Homestays are generally located one-to-two hours from TUJ by public transportation.
Students also have the option of finding their own housing in Tokyo.
STUDENT LIFE AND CULTURAL ENRICHMENT
Since many of TUJ students are Japanese, becoming involved in campus life provides an excellent way to make Japanese friends outside the classroom. Baseball, Soccer, Anime, Film, Videogame, and Mixed Martial Arts are just a few of the many student clubs at TUJ. Students may also become involved in planning events, such as club-based dances and parties, and participate in university festivals. Students often socialize in the Student Activities Center, where the student government and a student lounge are located.
To enhance understanding of Japanese culture, TUJ organizes optional field trips and excursions each semester. These include outings to Japanese festivals, museums, sporting events (sumo, baseball, soccer) and the wide variety of offerings distinctive to Tokyo, one of the largest and most densely populated cities in the world. With opportunities to visit a Japanese high school, the Tsukiji fish market, onsen (hot springs), art festivals, and to experience the nightlife, students are exposed to a broad spectrum of Japanese society.
Arranged day trips and overnight or weekend outings allow students to experience the regional diversity of Japan. Students are responsible for travel, meals and lodging costs, but every effort is made to ensure that these excursions are as affordable as possible.
The Culture Exchange Program at TUJ helps to facilitate social interaction, and language and cultural exchanges between Japanese students and international students. Through the program, students have an opportunity to meet new friends and interact socially while learning about other cultures. Students are paired up on a voluntary basis, then meet regularly at TUJ to socialize and participate in culture-related activities.
TUJ also organizes special cultural workshops on traditional Japanese arts for students. Past workshops have introduced students to ikebana, calligraphy, tea ceremony, koto, archery and sake making.