2016 National Summer Institute:
Exploring Nature & Culture in Japan

DATES: July 27-29, 2016
(Approximately 6 hours of online orientation completed between June 20 - July 22)
(NOTE: Application process is now closed)

TIME: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
(plus optional Japan-related activities planned in the evenings)


LOCATION: Showa Boston Institute for Language and Culture

PDP/CREDITS: 45 PDPs; optional registration for 2 graduate credits (additional $200 fee)

FEE: Free for educators coming >50 miles from Boston, and in partner districts; $450 for local participants not from partner districts/schools


This exciting summer institute for elementary and middle school teachers will explore how Japanese have interacted over time with the natural world. Gain content and resources to expand lessons you already teach on topics such as haiku, the environment/water, earthquakes and volcanoes, folk tales, festivals, and daily life, using Japan as a case study.

  • Scholar-led keynote sessions will illuminate topics such as religion, gardens, artistic and literary expression, geography, and human-environment interactions
  • Teacher-led workshops will explore how to translate these topics into the K-8 classroom and how to tap into student interest in Japanese popular culture and cultural products
  • View Japanese art, learn about the tea ceremony, and engage in discussion with visiting students from Japan
  • Visual literacy, map-reading and close reading skills will be integrated throughout

Supported by the US-Japan Foundation, this summer institute will be held at Showa Boston, the U.S. campus of Showa Women's University in Tokyo, Japan, whose facilities include a Japanese teahouse and a Japanese-inspired garden.  

Accommodations & Fees

  • Accommodations and program fees are FREE for educators coming from over 50 miles away
  • Participants from over 150 miles away are also eligible for a travel subsidy of $400
  • Program fees are waived for all local educators from partnership districts

Apply Now

Download our National Summer Institute Application and apply today.

Applications are due by February 22.

Future Travel Opportunity

This summer institute is part of a series of thematically linked study opportunities open to all K-8 educators on the topic of nature in traditional and modern Japanese culture. Those who successfully complete this program will be given preference to participate in a heavily subsidized study tour to Japan in the summer of 2017.

Art credit: "Katsushika Hokusai: The Great Wave at Kanagawa (from a Series of Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji)" (JP1847) In Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000 



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