Wherever I am, the world comes after me.
It offers me its busyness. It does not believe that I do not want it.
Now I understand 
why the old poets of China went so far
and high 
into the mountains, then crept into the pale mist.
"The Old Poets of China" by Mary Oliver

The UP Asian Center are calling Japan Majors of the UP Asian Center to participate in the “2022 Experience Japan: K. Matsushita Foundation Japan Study Tour.” Deadline of submissions is on 30 August 2022, 5:00 PM. Authors of selected outstanding essays will join an all-expense paid study tour in the Kansai area of Japan in December 2022. 

Get a chance to visit Kansai, Japan, all-expense-paid in December 2022. Just submit an essay answering the questions below:
♦ Using the five senses, how would you like to experience Japan?
♦ Which aspects would you consider (most to least) fundamental to understanding Japan in contemporary times?

ELIGIBILITY

Open only to the Japan Studies majors of the UP Asian Center currently enrolled in the program, preferably with a basic level of Japanese proficiency and has never been to Japan

ESSAY AND SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

♦ The essay must answer the following questions:
♦ Using the five senses, how would you like to experience Japan?
♦ Which aspects would you consider (most to least) fundamental to understanding Japan in contemporary times?
♦ No more than 2000 words, 1.5 spaced, Times New Roman font, size 12.
♦ On top of the first page, please put your name, year in the program, and level of Japanese proficiency.
♦ Submit your essay via: https://forms.gle/1nQV6ekNjKnRWjRz7 
♦ The deadline for submission is on or before 5:00 PM, 30 August 2022.

STUDY TOUR COVERAGE

The expenses for the study tour will cover the following:
♦ Roundtrip airfare from Manila to Japan, and vice versa.
♦ Visa fee.
♦ Food and accomodations in Japan.
♦ Transportation duringt he study tour proper.

INQUIRIES

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The Asian Center, University of the Philippines Diliman offers M.A. degrees in Asian Studies with four fields of specialization: Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, and West Asia. The UP Asian Center also has an M.A. program in Philippine Studies that allows students to major in Philippine society and culture, Philippine foreign relations, or Philippine development studies. It also offers a Ph.D. program in Philippine Studies in conjunction with the College of Arts and Letters and the College of Social Sciences and Philosophy. For an overview of these graduate programs, click here. As an area studies institution, the Asian Center also publishes Asian Studies: Journal of Critical Perspectives on Asia, the latest issue of which can be downloaded at the journal's website.