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UC Davis Offers Summer Workshop in Kyoto


Last Updated: 11/28/2004

Date: July 17 - August 12 for 2005

Course Description:
In this program, participants will examine traditional Japanese gardens and architecture from various aspects including natural, social and cultural environment, and hopefully find the possible applications for today.

The program is filled with field trips and on-site studies. It also offers the related art lessons, religeous experiences, and exclusive opportunities to talk to local people who actually live in and/or work with such traditional environments. There will also be a design workshop and a seminar with Kyoto University faculty and students, supplemented with class lectures and assignments.

The class is so intense and involving many people that the applicants must be strongly motivated to learn the subjects. You should be prepared to walk a lot in the hot and humid weather, and observe some local manners as well. In return, you will have an extraordinary learning experience, as all former participants testified that they did.

Kyoto is an ancient capital of Japan with over 1200 years of history, and is still a treasure trove of traditional gardens and architecture. Students will stay in Kyoto Travelers Inn, which is conveniently located in the middle of a cultural area of the city. Many historical interests are within walking distance from there or easily accessible by public transit system.

All students will be letter graded. There is no prerequisites, but some environmental design background may be helpful to participate in discussions and to complete the assignments. For those who are not UC Davis students; please write Arno Suzuki, the instructor, with the following information to obtain the permission to enroll: 1. Your educational and/or vocational background including major/field. 2. Why you are interested in this course, and what you expect for it.

Application Information
UC Davis Summer Sessions Office (530) 757-3308 or Toll Free 1-800-summer6.
For application information, contact the program coordinator Marie Boisvert-Smithers.
For inquiries about class content and on-site information, contact the instructor Arno Suzuki.
Application usually takes place during November to March each year.
The class may not be offered every year.
The enrollment is limited to 18 students.

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