The Associated Kyoto Program (AKP)

The Associated Kyoto Program is a study-abroad program at Doshisha University in Kyoto, Japan, sponsored by a consortium of American colleges and universities. The Program maintains high academic standards and dedication to a sound liberal arts education for which its sponsoring institutions are known. The students accepted study the Japanese language intensively and take courses in English on Japan, mainly in the humanities and social sciences.

History of Amherst College and Japan

In the 1870s, when Amherst College first encountered Japan, the Japanese were seeking knowledge from the West and Americans were trying to convert the world to Christianity. A key figure in the early contacts was Julius H. Seelye, professor and president (1876-1890), ordained minister in the Dutch Reform Church and a member of the American Board of Foreign Missions. In 1871 he welcomed to Amherst members of Japan’s Iwakura diplomatic mission, who were seeking a system of education to support the building a modern nation.

We are fortunate to receive many visitors from Japan, and especially from Doshisha University and its affiliates.

If you are interested in scheduling a visit to Amherst College from Japan, please contact Jessie Berlingo, the Academic Department Coordinator for Asian Languages & Civilizations. She will be happy to assist you in coordinating the timing of the visit, reserving dining times on campus, or reserving time to visit Johnson Chapel to see the portrait of Joseph Hardy Neesima.

Baseball team to tour Japan with reading list, professors, to play historic games

Submitted on Friday, 8/1/2014, at 7:01 AM

By Peter Rooney

Amherst College played Williams College in the first intercollegiate baseball game 155 years ago. In August, the team travels to Japan to make history again, playing a series of games against Doshisha University,  a private college in Kyoto founded by Joseph Hardy Neesima, Amherst Class of 1870. 

Picturing Tokyo

By Emily Gold Boutilier

The idea for the Mead’s current special exhibition arose, appropriately, from an undergraduate course. First taught in 2009, “Reinventing Tokyo: The Art, Literature and Politics of Japan’s Modern Capital” was conceived by three professors—Trent Maxey, Samuel Morse and Timothy Van Compernolle—as an interdisciplinary look at how Tokyo has changed over the past century and a half.