Week One : The Beginning of Japan Studies
1. What is Japan Studies?
Week Two: Early Visions of Japan
2. From Marco Polo to Engelbert Kaempfer: First Views
3. The Myth of Japanese Seclusion (sakoku)
Discussion: Was Japan really a closed country?
Week Three: The Japanese Vision of Japan
4. Kokugawa: Motoori Norinaga and Hirata Atsutani
5. The Mito School: Defining Japan’s Essence (kokutai)
Discussion: What’s unique about Japanese uniqueness?
Week Four: Pacific Visions – The United States and Japan
6. Kaikoku: The “Opening” of Japan
Discussion: Why did Perry come to Japan in 1853?
Week Five: Re-visioning Japan I: History
7. Fukuzawa Yukichi and the Japanese Enlightenment
8. Fukuzawa’s argument to “Leave Asia” (Datsu-A Ron)
Discussion (includes Graded Assignment 1): Distinguishing Japan from Asia
Week Six: Re-visioning Japan II: Art
9. Okakura Kakuzo and the Book of Tea
Discussion (includes Graded Assignment 2): Why did Okakura write The Book of Tea?
10. Chikanobu: Modernity and Nostalgia
Discussion: What is nostalgia? What forms did it take as Japan modernized?
Week Seven: Re-visioning Japan III: Literature
11. Individualism in Modern Japan: Natsume Soseki
12. Nitobe Inazo: Why Bushido in the Twentieth Century?
Discussion (includes Graded Assignment 3) Why has Nitobe’s book on Bushido been a best seller throughout the 20th century/
Week Eight: Gendered Visions
13. Hiraitsuka Raicho and the “New Woman” Movement
14. Propaganda Film: Frank Capra’s Know Your Enemy (1945)
Discussion: Reactions to Know Your Enemy
Week Nine: A New Vision for Postwar Japan: Modernization
15. E. O. Reischauer: Modernization and the Emergence of Japan Studies
16. Defining the Essence of Japan: Tanizaki, Kawabata, Oe
Discussion on the Museum Review Project
Week Ten: Architectural Visions
17. Tange Kenzo and “Japanese” Architecture (Special Lecture by Yu Kishi)
Discussion (includes Graded Assignment 4): Finding Japan in Modern Architecture
18. Japan as Number One: the 1980s
19. Postmodern Visions: Miyazaki Hayao (Special Lecture by Shiro Yoshioka)
Discussion (includes Graded Assignment 5): What Is Miyazaki telling us in his anime?
20. Alternative Visions of Japan’s Future
Discussion on the future: How do you imagine your life 40 years from now?
Research Paper due at end of class.