The Campus Honors Program is repeating a classic Intercultural Study Tour to Japan in 2013. The trip will be conducted under the guidance of Professor Emeritus Kimiko Gunji, CHP Faculty member, and former Director of Japan House at the University of Illinois. CHP Director Bruce Michelson and CHP Assistant Director Julie Woolsey are also accompanying the ICST. This trip is designed to broaden students' horizons, introduce them to a new culture, and expose them to a different perspective of the world that surrounds them.

This two-week trip will tentatively leave from Chicago O'Hare on May 14 or 15, 2013 and return to Chicago on May 28 or 29, 2013.

This ICST includes interactions with Japanese students, professors, businessmen, politicians and others so students can observe their lifestyles and their ideas firsthand. These interactions will encourage and promote a mutual understanding between our two cultures.

Furthermore, students have intensive experience with Japanese culture, old and new alike, visiting high tech sites in Osaka and Tokyo and old temples and gardens of Kyoto, Hiroshima, Miyajima and Yanai. Some of the noted sites included are the world's largest aquarium in Osaka, Miyajima - one of the three most scenic places in Japan, the Peace Memorial Museum and Rotary International Peace Forum in Hiroshima, a small fishing village, and the world's largest fish market. Other special features of this trip are a few days of home-stay with Japanese families and hands-on experiences in kimono dressing and ikebana (the art of Japanese flower arrangement). This is a once in a lifetime educational experience.

This trip involves vigorous travel, and good health and enthusiastic participation are required. The thirteen-hour flight from Chicago is just the beginning of the adventure.