The blend of tradition and innovation in post-modern Japan provides a window into one possible future for the world.
Adopt, adapt, adept.
Throughout history, the Japanese have followed this three-step approach to localizing and improving ideas and artifacts to fit within their cultural milieu. This tradition of refinement has created a culture that is both uniquely Japanese, and reflective of the world. Envoys’ programs in Japan explore the social issues affecting the nation, examining post-modern Japan in its position as a nation in some ways like no other, and as a nation in some ways like every other.
Our fourteen-day learning tour takes students to two cultural centers: Tokyo, the bustling capital, for its history, development, and urban present; and the Tohoku Region, for its position as a center of farming and manufacture, its window into middle-class Japan, and as the recovering site of the 2011 Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami.
Envoys students pursue rigorous research projects during our programs in Japan. Project themes and research questions are identified during the pre-trip online courses through a process of consultation with school leaders, academic experts, development practitioners, and business professionals.
Potential Project Themes
“With its emphasis on empathy and general intelligence in planning, Envoys has quickly emerged as a premier global program provider. They are well worth the attention of any of our schools.”— Paul Miller , Former Director of Global Initiatives, NAIS
“Many student groups participate in ‘Voluntourism’. This trip did not attempt that, but rather funneled the collective energy of each member into meaningful, mutually beneficial cultural interactions. Thank you so much for this unforgettable and transformational experience.”— Altana , Student, Friends Seminary South Africa 2016
“As a parent I felt the experience was well orchestrated and managed by Envoys. As a participant my daughter loved the whole experience; it is something she will treasure for the rest of her life”— Linda T. , Parent, Hingham Japan 2015