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This string of islands epitomizes a na-

tion of dramatic contrasts.

Underneath

the fast–paced bustle of Tokyo—one of the

world’s largest cities—are layers of history

and unchanging tradition. While the Japa-

nese find inspiration in the quiet beauty of a

small, formal rock garden, Japan has secured

its place as an economic and technologi-

cal leader in global markets. Learning the

language and culture will open up a world of

future opportunities.

You may find that your host family lines the

home with tatami, the traditional, fragrant

and soft straw mats, or that your home is

filled with many shoji, paper screens that

soften the light in each room. You will enjoy

special meals of fresh seafood such as sushi,

and taste the many delicious meals based on

D E S T I N AT I O N S

shun, or “food in season.” Celebrate holidays

in the typical Japanese style with your family

and friends. Your exchange year will be

filled with the never-ending experience of

discovering the rich culture of Japan, and your

knowledge of the language and culture of this

great country will give you a competitive

advantage in whatever your future endeavours.

Japan