Introduction to Japanese Culture

This is a general introduction to Japanese culture, in which various topics will be introduced, including geography, history, religion, social and family life, aesthetics, performing arts, and political system. A comparative approach of views on beliefs, values, and traditions of both the U.S. and Japan is encouraged. The class will learn also a few basic expressions in Japanese. MSC, Classroom #1; Limit: 21  Course is closed

Suggested (not Required) Reading:   Understanding Japanese Society (Fourth Edition) by Joy Hendry, published by Routledge  (Nissan Institute/Routledge Japanese Studies Series)  Fourth Edition published in 2013    ISBN:978-0-415-67914-5

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Reiko Yonogi is a native of Tokyo, Japan. Her undergraduate degree is in English and American literature from Japan. She has a M.A. and a Ph.D. in Comparative literature from the University of California, Berkeley and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She taught Japanese language, culture and literature at the University of Georgia, Athens, and Indiana University at Indianapolis, retiring in 2014.

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