Established in 1961, the Summer Session is the oldest and most extensive summer program in Japan. While FLA students attend the session, the majority of participants come from abroad. The summer session thus offers a rare opportunity for Japanese and non-Japanese students to study, discuss, and reflect together on Japan and its role in the world. Over 13,000 students from around the world have attended the Summer Session over the years.

In addition to courses, the Summer Session offers a number of field trips and special events. Included here, at no additional cost, are opportunities to view performances of Noh and Kabuki, to experience the Tea Ceremony and Ikebana, and to attend a Wadaiko (Japanese drumming) concert. Some courses also feature course-related field trips. Additional special events are also sometimes offered.

Located in the center of Tokyo, the Summer Session allows students to not only study Japan but also appreciate how many of the themes and topics raised in courses are manifest in Tokyo’s urban landscape. Where possible, the courses discuss and refer students to things they can see and experience in Tokyo itself.
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