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Winter 2008

Hello world!

Posted: January 10th, 2011 by Kazuko Suzuki Carlson

Welcome to UVM Blogs. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!

More Interesting Links

Posted: January 10th, 2008 by Kazuko Suzuki Carlson

A response to Brian’s comment on pop idols.

Here is a J-pop singer who does not meet Japanese ‘everyday,’ ideal images but still in the main stream, pop-idol industry.

Ayumi Hamasaki – a high school drop-out who makes the highest income among the Japanese female celebrities.


Of course, she has a fan club site like Sugimoto mentioned in his chapter. Amazingly, this is in English.



More links that I was unable to introduce due to limited time in our class.

Japanese Denny’s (when you travel to Japan, please do stop by if you can. It is impressive.)


Japanese Bullet Train – Shinkansen


Japanese Food


Japanese Funny TV Shows

1) Huge Groups


2) Chairs


3) Human Tetris


4) Pankun the monkey and James the dog


Reading Assignment

Posted: January 9th, 2008 by Kazuko Suzuki Carlson

Read a chapter from Japan Pop!: Inside the world of Japanese Popular Culture, Pop Idols and the Asian Identity by Hiroshi Aoyagi and post your comment.

Due 11am 1/9/08.


“SMAP (Sports Music Assemble People) are a kind of Japanese version of the Monkees. Besides being the country’s most popular boy-band (and J-Pop’s best selling group ever), they also present their own variety shows, make commercials and frequently appear in trendy TV dramas. As members of the ubiquitous Johnny’s Jimusho (Johnny & Associates) talent agency, they have a lot of clout behind them but still have lasted longer than most people expected.” http://www.japan-zone.com/modern/smap.shtml

Table Manner Assignment

Posted: January 9th, 2008 by Kazuko Suzuki Carlson

Research and post at least two Japanese table manners that others have not posted before you. Due is 11am 1/10/08.



Children without Childhood

Posted: January 9th, 2008 by Kazuko Suzuki Carlson

Japan: The Taboo of Failure

Films for the Humanities & Sciences

If you have additional comments or questions, please feel free to post here.



Names in Kanji

Posted: January 8th, 2008 by Kazuko Suzuki Carlson

If you are interested in finding more names in Kanji, here is a useful site.


Reading Assignment

Posted: January 7th, 2008 by Kazuko Suzuki Carlson

Read Popular Culture and Everyday Life by Yoshio Sugimoto and post your comment by 11am Wednesday 1/9/08.

Striking Facts (Culture Shock Information)

Posted: January 2nd, 2008 by Kazuko Suzuki Carlson

Post three striking facts about Japan. Surprise me and everyone in our class!

This is a blog marathon. You can only post ideas that others have not posted yet.

Due is 11am on January 8th.

Please make sure to cite the source.

Also, post a useful or fun link related to Japan and a brief description of the site.

A Window into Japanese Culture

Posted: January 2nd, 2008 by Kazuko Suzuki Carlson


Happy New Year! あけましておめでとうございます。Akemashite omedetou gozaimasu.

Year 2008 is the year of the mouse or rat.


Images from http://kaden.yahoo.co.jp/download/sozai/?type=search&ts=1&p=%A4%CD%A4%BA%A4%DF

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