Cultural Experiences

Experience a wide variety of activities through visits to historical and cultural sites, observe local traditions, and participate in community volunteer activities. Deepen your understanding of Japanese culture through a homestay with a local family where you sample the local cuisine, pick up a word or two of the local dialect, and make lasting friends.

Study Trip

Junior Fellows travel to northeast Japan, which was affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake, and stay at MORIUMIUS, a former school converted into an educational center. At MORIUMIUS, Junior Fellows are introduced to the local culture, traditions and industries through hands-on activities. Fellows also engage with residents through volunteer activities and learn first-hand about the earthquake and recovery efforts that have taken place over the past five years.

Aizu Wakamatsu Homestay

Following the study trip to MORIUMIUS, Junior Fellows travel to the historic city Aizu Wakamatsu in Fukushima Prefecture for their homestay. Program leaders facilitate experiences that allow the Junior Fellows to gain a deeper understanding of local cuisine, traditions and history.

In the past programs, Junior Fellows have also:

  • Traveled to Hiroshima to visit Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park and hear an atomic bomb survivor speak. 
  • Hand painted traditional fans in Kyoto
  • Visited Todaiji Temple in Nara
  • Explored Japanese fashion in Harajuku 
  • Toured the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo


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