by John Cheung and Sam Sernavski In this iCLA faculty/student interview, Japan Studies Program Co-Director Darren Ashmore and fourth-year iCLA student Erika Ishigaki, who is completing a Performing Arts concentration, discuss the subject of pop culture as a field of study at iCLA and its importance in a liberal arts education. Both reflect on Japanese anime… Continue reading iCLA Faculty/Student Interview Video #2: Why Study Manga and Anime? (VIDEO)
by Chloe Ramirez It was cold, colder than any December in my native Manila. Japan had started to lose its autumn leaves, and the wind began to bring the songs of winter. The green and orange dormitory buildings that partly make up iCLA continued to sleep at six in the morning, except for two souls… Continue reading As Seen on TV: Aokigahara Forest Ice Cave Visit Featured on Travel Channel’s “Legendary Locations” Show (VIDEO)
In the first of a series of faculty/student interviews, iCLA Music professor Alexander Sigman and exchange student Sam Sernavski (Aalborg University/Denmark) discuss how studying and engaging in music can lead to a fulfilling life and career. Filmed at Sakuraza, a long-standing venue in downtown Kofu presenting a diverse array of musical performances, the video also… Continue reading iCLA faculty/student interview video #1: What can you do with music…and what can music do for you?
NHK Cool Japan is one of the most widely watched programs in English worldwide, broadcast not only in Japan but by satellite to 108 countries, and viewable on YouTube. In late 2017, they did a special on Yamanashi featuring iCLA students doing amazing things in the prefecture. They also filmed almost 50 students in the… Continue reading My Experiences on NHK Cool Japan
Former iCLA exchange students Bendik Aarsæther and Stephen Kissick have produced a series of videos sharing their experiences of their year abroad in Japan. Let's take a look at Stephen experiencing Shugendo (修験道), a highly syncretic religion that originated in Heian Japan: A time-lapse video of Bendik's showing the beauty of Japan (including stellar shots of… Continue reading Bendik and Stephen: experiences in Japan