Technos Japan Tour

We are pleased to announce a unique opportunity for Trinity students, made possible by the College’s affiliation with the Tanaka Ikueikai Educational Trust of Japan. One faculty or staff member and two students are invited for a two-week trip to Japan to participate in Technos International Week held in Tokyo every year in June.

Technos International Week is an event organized by Technos International College of Japan. Its goal is to promote international exchange and understanding between the international guests and the members of the host institution, as well as to offer the guest group the opportunity to experience and appreciate Japanese life and culture. Trinity College is one of 10 colleges and universities from around the world to participate. 

Take a look at the PowerPoint Sanjay Thapa '17 created about his experience in the Technos Program!  Click the link below:

Technos International Week 2014


This is an opportunity for those who have genuine interest in Japan but who have little or no chance to pursue it academically. The hope is that the experience will lead the candidates to take up Japanese studies at Trinity College. Students who are either currently in first-year Japanese or planning to study first-year Japanese in the fall of 2016 are given the highest consideration.   

Other selection criteria:

  • Thoughtfulness and feasibility of the proposed project 
  • Personal qualities appropriate to represent Trinity College and to work within a team
  • An excellent academic record
  • A willingness to meet people from different racial and cultural backgrounds and to experience elements of Japanese culture, living conditions, and cuisine that may be unfamiliar
  • No previous experience living in Japan required
  • Little or no proficiency in Japanese is required
  • A citizenship status that allows visa waiver conditions for short-term entry to Japan (If you do not know the status of your visa waiver condition, please check online)

Application Procedure

Please return to this page for the Spring 2016 deadline. 

There is no formal application form; however, interested candidates need to submit a copy of their Trinity transcript (unofficial transcript accepted), and  a one-to-two page letter of interest in which they:

  • Briefly describe their interest in Japan
  • Outline how they may pursue their interest in Japan
  • Propose a project they would like to embark on during the two-week stay in Japan
  • Include the name of one person within the Trinity community, either faculty or administrator, who knows them well and can support their application 
Applications should be submitted to Professor Rieko Wagoner​, Department of Language and Culture Studies.  We will begin the application process in the spring.  Once applications have been submitted, we will begin the selection process immediately following the deadline by interviewing the finalists and notifying the selected students by April.

Review Committee

The review committee for the tour program proposals includes:

  • Rieko Wagoner, Principal Lecturer in Japanese language​
  • Jeffrey Bayliss, Charles A. Dana Research Associate Professor of History
  • Xiangming Chen, Dean of the Center for Urban and Global Studies​ ​

2014 Participants


  • Chi Y. Ha '16
  • Sanjay Thapa '17 

Faculty Member:

  • Garth Myers, Paul E. Raether Distinguished Professor of Urban International Studies, International Studies