Prince Takamado Japan Centre for Teaching and Research

About the Program


“Japanese Visual Modernities of the Late-19th and Early-20th Centuries” with Walter Davis

Course Summary
This introduction to the art and visual culture of late-19th and early 20th-century Japan exposes students to diverse expressions of Japanese visual modernity in the Meiji, Taisho, and early Showa eras. We will focus on painting, especially yoga, nihonga, and nanga, but we will also consider architecture, sculpture, and such phenomena as collecting, the merchandizing of traditional culture, the mingei movement, Sinophile culture, Japanese orientalism, and modern print movements. Lectures and discussions at Ritsumeikan will be supplemented by on-site sessions at the National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto and the Kyoto Prefectural Insho-Domoto Museum of Fine Arts.

Lectures, discussions, and collaborative examination of buildings and original artworks in museums will help students to develop their skills at formal analysis, introduce them to major developments in modern Japanese art prior to the Pacific War, and increase their awareness of how the production, patronage, and collecting of art articulated diverse stances toward such phenomena as Westernization, industrialization, commercialization, and imperialism. Graded work for the course will include class participation, three brief response papers, and a term paper.Course schedule

June 17-28, 2019

DATES (June)  17 18 19 20 21 22 23
AM Lecture hours 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5 1.5    
PM Field work/Research 1 1 1 4.5 1    
DATES (June) 24 25 26 27 28 29 30
AM Lecture hours 3 3 3 3 3    
PM Field work/Research 1 4 1 1 1    



Ritsumeikan University offers students its dormitory check in June 16 and check out June 29. (Bunk bed x 2)

Program Cost

Tuition: $933.49 (Canadian) / $2,503.37 (International) *
Field Trips: $100
Service fees (both PTJC and RU): $400**
Accommodation: 13 nights = $300**
Airfare (Edmonton-Osaka-Edmonton): $1,600**
Other Expenses: $1,000
(Travel Insurance/Local Transportation/Food/Entertainment, etc...)

* Participants will pay for regular intersession tuition to the University of Alberta.
**The monetary amounts based on the exchange rate of November 2018 and are subject to change.



This course will be run as INT D225 (3-credit course) on the University of Alberta Calendar.

Please note that at least 15 students from the University of Alberta are necessary to run this course.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What are the prerequisites for the summer program?
    There is no prerequisites (No Japanese required.)
  2. Do we need to submit a transcript?
    No you don’t need to submit a transcript.
  3. Will the students travel together or separately?
    Students are free to book their own flights according to their desired personal schedules. The Prince Takamado Japan Centre can offer help in booking a flight if required.
  4. Can I travel in Japan and/or to other countries after the program?
    You are free to travel within Japan during your free time while you are participating in the program. However, students who require a visa to be in Japan will not be allowed to enter Japan prior to the start of the program, and must also leave immediately after the end of the program. All students are free to travel to other countries before or after the program.
  5. Do I need to be immunized before going to Japan?
    No special vaccinations are required for travel to Japan.
  6. Do I need a Visa to go Japan? What are the procedures?
    If you are a Canadian citizen, a Visa is not required. If you are in Canada on a Student Visa, a Visa MAY be required. Please check the following site. Any student that requires a Visa to enter Japan MUST make arrangements to get one before they depart from Canada. Arrangement procedures and all fees required for getting a Visa are the student's responsibility.
  7. If I withdraw from the program will I receive a refund?
    No guarantees are made, but if you withdraw before the start of the program we will try to arrange a refund of the accommodation fees. However, we will keep the service fees to cover the financial cost of taking care of the cancellation. Tuition refunds will be assessed as accordingly to the University of Alberta Academic Calendar.