Faculty Leader: Lauren Grodstein, Department of English

Travel Dates: Spring Break 2020

Class Meeting Times: Monday 12:30 PM – 1:50 PM; Wednesday 12:30 PM – 1:50 PM

Course Number: 50:350:390, 56:350:506:I2 (16632)

Program Cost: Approximately $3,750*


Japan is a country where the magical and the pedestrian seem to exist side by side, and no modern writer is better at capturing the country’s vivid personality better than Haruki Murakami. During this ten day trip, we will use Murakami’s work as a guide to his native country, visiting the university districts of Tokyo, the rural shrines of Takamatsu, and the palaces of Kyoto, where the writer was born. We’ll also visit the chic port city of Kobe, whose destruction in the great earthquake of 1995 inspired Murakami’s story collection “After the Quake.” Students should prepare to eat delicious food, listen to great live jazz, see mesmerizing landmarks, and stroll through some of the most exhilarating cities in the world.

Program Cost Includes:

  • Airfare
  • Housing
  • International health insurance
  • Some meals and excursions

Program Cost Does Not Include:

  • Passport, visa, or airport entrance or exit fees (if applicable)
  • Vaccinations
  • Remaining meals

*Program cost is approximate and subject to change. Program cost is in addition to tuition.