A Window into Japanese Culture

Welcome to A Window into Japanese Culture. This course is designed to introduce students to the basic components of contemporary Japanese culture through lectures, readings, blog discussions, and presentations. It is also intended to increase students’ awareness and understanding of the basic Japanese culture through hands-on experiences of traditional cultural activities. Among the topics and activities to be covered are Japanese pop-culture, animation, calligraphy, flower arrangement, and Hiroshige’s art tour at the Fleming museum. In the end of the course, students will dine out together with the instructor at a local Japanese restaurant and celebrate the New Year’s, which is the biggest holiday of the year in Japan. I look forward to having a great class with you all.

2 Responses to “A Window into Japanese Culture”

  1. Brandon Rhone says:

    Even before I started taking Japanese cousers late year I found that there is a real of really good literature. From those writers I have found that Yukio Mishima is probably the best or rather the most well know writer from Japan. He was most known for is love for the old life and faith in the emperor. He grew up during the 1900’s and didn’t like that Japan was begining to open up. He was obsessed with his physical being and in the end commit suicide by seppuku. He wrote many books mostly fiction. Confessions of a mask howerver mirrored his own life in which he mightove been battleing with the thought of beign a homosexual. he was born in 1920 died in 1970. He was devoted to imperial Japan. It is his ability to have so much focus and drive and back up everything he believes is why he is my favorite author. His work is comparable to any 18th century matermind of written language.

  2. tyler says:

    There are several interesting parallels with contemporary American society expressed in everyday Japanese life. The most striking is the disillusionment which springs from a well educated working middle class. Perhaps it is more salient in Japanese culture at present than our own but nevertheless, it leads to important questions for the future. As Suzuki-sensei noted, Japan has a very high suicide rate, when juxtaposed with statistics from the United States, we find that suicide rates are generally higher within the educated classes. This is particularly poignant in relation to the breakdown of the nuclear family as a result of long work and school hours coupled with the mind-numbing effects of television and the depressing state of housewives in both of our cultures. There has to be, at some point, a demonstrative conflict highlighting the discontent of societies which, on the surface, appear only to exist for material gain with very little emphasis on social and emotional relationships and it seems logical that more countercultural movements and artistic trends will surface to counter the effects of societies driven by capitalism.

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