2021 Technos International Week:

Technos International Week 2021 will not be held because of the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic.

Tokyo, Japan


Each year the Tanaka Ikueikai Educational Trust invites students and faculty members from the United States, England, and New Zealand to participate in Technos International Week. Technos is a two-week program meant to encourage cultural understanding between the program’s guest participants, and the students and faculty members at Technos International College, Tokyo, Japan–a college funded by Dr. Kenji Tanaka. Interaction between the two groups creates a valuable forum for exchanging ideas and worldviews. In addition to spending time at the Technos campus attending a few classes, the group tours many sites and neighborhoods in Tokyo and the surrounding areas.  

First- and second-year students, and faculty members apply for this program each winter. Finalists will be interviewed and two Carleton students chosen, along with one faculty member, to represent Carleton.

Participants in Technos International Week are expected to enthusiastically experience all aspects of contemporary and historical Japanese life available during their visit.  This includes living in an environment which may be unfamiliar and, at times, challenging, and accepting the food served during the program–especially at group meals. Arrangements cannot be made to satisfy special dietary requests unless these are of a religious nature or concern a serious health condition. Fish and/or meat will be served at all group meals during the visit, according to Japanese custom.

Once back in Northfield, Technos participants share their stories and insights about their experiences in Japan with the Carleton community. Some student alumni of the program have later returned to Japan. Several, for example, have participated in the JET program, which sends graduates to teach English in Japan, and others have studied Japanese language and culture further.


The costs of airport transportation, accommodations and, to a limited extent, group meals in Japan will be met by Tanaka Ikueikai Educational Trust.  International travel expenses including flights to and from Japan, plus associated costs such as travel insurance and taxes, as well as use of a cell phone during Technos Int’l Week will be paid by Carleton College.  Each participant will be given a stipend by Carleton to help pay for any meals, transportation, or fees not covered by Tanaka.  Students should bring money for personal gifts, souvenirs, and incidentals.


  • First- and second-year students;
  • All applicants must be in good academic standing;
  • Passport required;
  • Up-to-date immunizations.

Selection Criteria

  • A genuine interest in Japan, its people, culture, and history;
  • Knowledge of Japanese language is not required;
  • An understanding and acceptance of the International Week mission statement and Dr. Tanaka’s vision for the event, and a desire to contribute to the strengthening and deepening of sister-school ties;
  • A keen awareness that they are representing their institution, their country, and its culture;
  • An excellent academic record;
  • A willingness to meet people from different cultural backgrounds and experience aspects of Japanese culture.
  • No previous travel experience to Japan;
  • The program is rigorous, so a certain amount of physical stamina is required;
  • Citizenship of the United States, United Kingdom, New Zealand, or a country whose citizens are permitted similar visa waiver conditions for short-term entry to Japan.

Overall, we want students who will not only benefit personally and academically from the experience, but whose comportment will reflect well on both Carleton and the United States.

Application Packet Includes:

  • Online application
  • Unofficial transcript (attach to online application, above)
  • Recommendations from two Carleton faculty or staff members (completed online).                                                                                                                                                                     *Be sure to discuss your interest in Japan with your recommenders, as they are asked to comment on it!*

Application and Recommendations deadlines will be 5:00 PM on Monday, February 3, 2020


Finalists will be interviewed on either February 11 or February 12.

Faculty Advisers

  • 2020 (Program cancelled due to Covid) Barbara Allen, James Woodward Strong Professor of Political Science and the Liberal Arts
  • 2019  Rich Keiser, Professor of Political Science and American Studies
  • 2018  Pierre Hecker, Associate Professor of English
  • 2017  Fernan Jaramillo, Professor of Biology
  • 2016  Peter Balaam, Associate Professor of English
  • 2015  Tim Raylor, Professor of English
  • 2014  Jeff Ondich, Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science
  • 2013  Robert Dobrow, Professor of Mathematics
  • 2012  Greg Marfleet, Associate Professor of Political Science
  • 2011  (program cancelled because of crisis in Japan)
  • 2010  Steven Drew, Professor of Chemistry
  • 2009: Constance Walker, Professor of English
  • 2008: Carol Donelan, Associate Professor of Cinema and Media Studies
  • 2007: Fred Hagstrom, Rae Schupack Nathan Professor of Art
  • 2006: Harry Williams, Laird Bell Professor of History
  • 2005: Eva Posfay, Professor of French

Past Student Participants

  • 2020 (Program cancelled due to Covid) Neda Tehrani ’23 and Sophie Baggett ’23
  • 2019  Jill Yanai ’22 and Onelis Cardona ’22
  • 2018  Anna Lauriello ’20 and Cecily Choy ’20
  • 2017  Maya Ben-Shahar ’19 and Mariah Casmey ’20
  • 2016  Anne Hackman ’19 and Erik Lagerquist ’19
  • 2015  Clare Leahy ’17 and Avery Naughton ’18
  • 2014  Bektu Solomon ’16 and Jake Yanoviak ’16
  • 2013  Ebeth Glickson ’16 and Bradley-Anne Naing ’15 
  • 2012  Noah Laack-Veeder ’15, Devin Tomson-Moylan ’15, Nimita Iyer ’15, Erin Wilson ’14
  • 2011  (program cancelled because of crisis in Japan)
  • 2010  Laura Nelson ’13 and Ross Cawthon ’12
  • 2009: Kathryn Deeg and Samuel Scherf
  • 2008: N/A
  • 2007: Jeff Rzeszotarski ’10 and Cory Swanson ’10
  • 2006: William Morrison and Zoe Schwartz
  • 2005: George Kachergis and Maria Prom

Carls recall their Technos experiences: