The Associated Kyoto Program is designed for those who don’t just want to study in Japan—they want to live in it. From rich elective courses taught by distinguished faculty to weekly practica on Japanese culture; from eye-opening field trips around Kyoto to the comfort of a host family’s house, every part of the AKP experience is designed to allow you to live in Japan not as merely a traveler, but as an insider. Click here to apply to AKP!
"I used my Cultural Activities Grant mostly to pay for dance classes, as well as to go to the occasional temple. I think being able to enter the dance community here in Japan has really helped me to settle in, and feel that I am a part of something here."
- Celia Langford (Whitman College), 2017-18 AKPer
"I think I have become more independent and confident to travel alone while on AKP. I used to be afraid to go on a trip by myself, especially in a foreign country, but as my language skills have improved I have gained more confidence, and realized that I am capable of a lot more than I once thought."
- Eva Olson (Smith College), 2017-18 AKPer
"My host parents don't speak English, so living with them has really helped me improve. It was hard to communicate well at first, but we understood each other, and my Japanese improved rapidly after the first week!"
- Andrew Nguy (Pomona College), Fall 2017 AKPer

AKP Fall Break 2019

What do AKPers do during their Fall Break? Travel, of course! ✈️

Chavia Liu traveled to the Benessee Museum and Ritsurin Garden. On Naoshima, she had a chance to see one of Yayoi Kusama’s famous “Yellow Pumpkin”s. At Ritsurin Garden, she enjoyed the garden view from a tatami room.

Andie Nakahira visited the Setouchi islands including Naoshima, Awashima, Ogijima, Megijima, and Honjima to enjoy the Art Setouchi Exhibits. She shared photos of two pieces: the “Captain’s Hut” by Soko Labo, which is a captain’s hut decorated with colorful waste from the sea, and “Bottom Sky” by Alexander Ponomarev, which is meant to reflect how the ship seems to be made from sand.

Mikaela Nishida went to Ine-cho with her host mother, where they rode on a boat, took a walking tour of the village and the Ine no Funaya houses, and visited an onsen in the mountains. “It was a very fun and beautiful day,” she shared.

Jordynn West and her host family stayed at a wonderful hotel in Nagano, where Jordynn was able to see Mount Fuji thanks to the good weather!

International Education Week 2019 – Alumni Stories

Each November, institutions across the world take the opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange 🌎 During this year’s International Education Week, AKP shared some updates on social media about what our alumni have been up to since studying abroad in Japan. See below for a round-up of the various stories!

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Looking Back on October

October was a hectic month for our AKPers, but even the weather couldn’t stop them from getting out and seeing Kyoto!

Monday, October 7

For Professor Takahashi’s Environmental and Conservation Issues in Japan course, AKPers visited the Miyako Ecology Center to learn more about Japan’s eco-friendly practices. Such practices include collecting plastic bottles, cleaning the fridge to reduce electricity consumption, and much more!

Friday, October 18

Thanks to the great help of Mushanokoji Senke Tea Teachers and Honen-in, AKPers had a chance to experience a traditional tea ceremony. The visit started with the AKPers learning more about tea ceremony procedures and writing their names on Japanese paper. While waiting their turn to experience the tea ceremony and partake in Japanese sweets and green tea, AKPers walked around Honen-in’s Japanese garden. Among the many butterflies in the garden, Claire Gilliespie from Smith College said she saw a rare kingfisher!

Monday, October 21

Professor Takahashi took his AKPers on another excursion–this time to Takaraga Pond. There, they learned more about how wild deer eat agricultural food and the severe effect of their feces in an agricultural field. Many people try to catch deer in Japan, but there are strict gun law restrictions.

Friday, October 25

AKP held its annual Halloween Parade! Even though it was raining, the students were all smiles.