Summer Program: Animating Life at the University of Tokyo

The Kadokawa Culture Promotion Foundation Media-Content Research Project, in conjunction with the University of Tokyo, will host an annual Summer Program focusing on various aspects of Japanese popular media culture. The theme of this year’s Program is “Animating Life.” With Anne Allison as the main organizer, the Program invites 10 graduate students from universities around the world, who will collaborate with graduate students from the University of Tokyo. Our hope is that the participants will take advantage of the Program to build new social networks and pursue work related to Japanese media and popular cultures in the future, whether as researchers, artists, or teachers.

Where: University of Tokyo
When: July 4 to July 14, 2016

What: An intensive ten-day course, including lectures by Thomas Lamarre and many other top scholars, in which attendees will collaborate with University of Tokyo grad students

Language: The Program will be conducted mainly in English. However, we expect participants to have sufficient Japanese proficiency to facilitate scholarly interaction and communication outside of the classroom.

Costs: There is no fee or tuition for the program. Financial support is available for all participants, up to 100,000 yen for travel expenses and a 23,000 subsidy for accommodations.

To Apply: Send application form to, with Subject line “Application to the 2016 summer program” by March 10, 2016.

For More Information: See

About Travis

I am a scholar of Japanese & Okinawan history with a particular interest in the history of arts and culture, and inter-Asia interactions, in the early modern period. I have been fortunate to enjoy the opportunity to live in Okinawa for six months in 2016-17, and in mainland Japan on multiple occasions, including from Sept 2019 to now.
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