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Japan at Earlham

Japan at Earlham


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Nestled in an unexpected place — the Midwestern campus of a small college — you will find a remarkable educational resource for all things Japan.

Earlham College is known nationwide as one of the finest undergraduate institutions for the study of Japanese language and culture. From the rebuilding of the coastal communities of Northeast Japan to the Tokyo popular culture scene, students can discover and deepen their knowledge of Japan in many unique and exciting ways.

Japan permeates the Earlham campus — about 20 Japanese students enroll and study here each year, and many faculty members have lived, worked, and studied in Japan. These faculty members know the Japanese language well enough to use it in teaching, research, and administration, as well as in informal conversation with students.

Students interested in Japan have many academic options at Earlham. They can take Japanese courses and study abroad in Japan while pursuing other academic majors. Recently students have combined the study of Japan with Comparative Language and Linguistics, Human Growth and Development, Biology, International Studies, History, and Art. Japanese Studies majors also have enrolled in Earlham's Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program to earn a K-12 teaching certificate. 

The moment students make the decision to study Japanese language and culture, learning opportunities arise at every turn — both in and out of the classroom. Recently, students have:

  • resided in the Japan House, a residential theme house for students interested in Japan.
  • studied abroad at Iwate University of Morioka, or at Waseda University of Tokyo.
  • used Japanese cooking skills to help host a "Moon Viewing Festival" in the Japanese Garden.
  • acted in a skit based on the folk tale "Taketori Monogatari."
  • participated in the Japan-America Student Conference and become part of a valuable networking group.
  • celebrated the Harumatsuri (Spring Festival), demonstrating Japanese dance moves and karate kata for Earlham's student population.
  • attended a lecture by an Earlham alum, currently a professor at Harvard University.
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