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

Don Don Hanasou! Topic Discussion: “Internet and Social Media”

The third topic in our Topic Discussion class was the internet and social media. In both the US and Japan, no one can think about living without the internet. How are college students using the internet and social media these days?


Working adults!

2012-13 AKPers Alex Jackson and Bell Blackman (both from Smith College) stopped by the office to visit. Jackson-san is now a lawyer, and Blackman-san is a costume designer! Blackman-san was actually here on a business trip.

Blackman-san (right) and Jackson-san (left) They participated in the language table too!


The 3rd Japanese Language Table

Today we hosted the 3rd Japanese Language Table of the semester. Even though Doshisha is on Spring Break, many student volunteers participated!







Our final Japanese Language Table for the semester will take place on March 30th.  Hopefully the cherry blossoms will be in full bloom!