Introduction to Japan Studies 2021

These are the materials for my lecture “A History of Japan Studies” given on 13 April 2021 as part of the relay course “Introduction to Japan Studies”.

Lecture materials: Intro to J Studies 13 April 2021

Socrative Quiz: At the end of the lecture you must complete a short quiz on the Socrative learning app. Sign in here. The Room Name used to sign in was given to you in class.

Students outside Japan or those who missed the Zoom lecture: Please 1) listen to the lecture recording, 2) read the article “Introduction: envisioning new frontiers in Japanese Studies”, and 3) answer the Socrative quiz (deadline 20 April 12:30 Japan time, i.e. before the class in Week 2). This counts as attendance at my lecture.

Reading: The lecture content is based on “Introduction envisioning new frontiers in Japanese Studies” (open access PDF) by Akihiro Ogawa and Philip Seaton in our edited volume New Frontiers in Japanese Studies. Please read this for homework to supplement your understanding of the lecture.

Links to other materials used in the lecture:

Journal of Japanese Studies

JASSO statistics of international students in Japan

Japan Foundation Survey on Japanese-Language Education Abroad


Grading Assignment:

Write a short essay in English (800-1000 words) that clearly explains the difference in format, content and style between these publications:
The Journal of Japanese Studies, Japan Forum (Routledge), Japan Review (Nichibunken), The Asia-Pacific Journal: Japan Focus, The Japan Times, Monumenta Nipponica, The Japan News.
Find the publications online, read a variety of articles from each, and then explain their positions/roles within our field of “Japan Studies”.

If you are not sure about writing academic essays, here is a video series in my website that teaches you the basics: “Writing Academic Essays at University”. You can refer to this at any time when you are unsure about academic writing style.