Delving deep into Japanese culture

Share Our Passion for the Study of Japan

Japan -at -earlham -badge -2You will find dozens of kindred spirits among the students in our Japanese Studies program. From the required Introduction to the Study of Japan course, which explores the study of Japan from multiple disciplines, to the Senior Capstone project, students develop close friendships with fellow majors.

In other courses, such as The Japanese Tea ceremony, you will interact with students across campus and provide a unique forum for experiencing Japanese culture.

Japanese Studies students hosted a sushi event for the campus.


Study abroad in Japan isn't just a possibility, it's a requirement for the Japanese Studies major. Students can choose from:

  • a year at Waseda University in Tokyo on the Japan Study program or
  • a semester in Morioka on the Studies in Cross-Cultural Education (SICE) program.

A unique aspect of the Japan Study program is the one-month Cultural Practicum with options from working in a ski lodge to living in a Zen monastery. Students on the SICE program gain experience teaching English, which is an advantage for those who wish to teach English in Japan after graduating (Earlham hires 3-4 graduates each year for its Morioka Assistant Language Teacher program).

A wide variety of extracurricular activities focused on Japan are available. Most popular is the student-run Harumatsuri (Spring Festival) which Earlham students organize alongside exchange students from Waseda University. Whether you like chorus, cooking or karate, there is a place for you in Harumatsuri!

Earlhamites in Japanese Studies

David Shear
On Point in Asia

David Shear '75, who is set to be nominated as the next Assistant Secretary of Defense for East Asia and the Pacific, says he entered the foreign service “completely by chance,” though he says that his study of Japan as an Earlham student clearly had something to do with it.

Chance Milligan
Global Learning

Chance Milligan '13 uses his study of Human Development and Social Relations to think critically about global issues.



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