This program is dedicated to exploring the historical change of and contemporary issues in Japanese culture and society, with emphasis on art, literature, history, and thought. The program is based on the idea that a thorough understanding of one’s own native culture and society is essential if one is to play a meaningful role in the international community.
This course deals with problems involving historical research, such as research into the modern world and East Asia, the Japanese Empire and movement/culture of people, and research into World War II and the occupation era.
The disposition of the Japanese people is studied, considering narrative traditions, customs, and religious culture
While using the film studies analysis method on Japanese movies, this course revisits the framework of Japan itself.
The main target of research is the modern idea of Japanese nationalism, while also considering pre-modern nationalism.
A dynamic exploration of Japanese traditional performing arts in relation to those in other parts of East Asia and the West.
This program looks toward the future of the Asia-Pacific region based on an understanding of the history of interactions between different countries and cultures and an assessment of the levels of economic and social development achieved. The instructors represent a broad range of research fields, including history, international economics, international politics, cultural anthropology, and religion. Each of the courses focuses on one of three geographic areas: Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, or Oceania.
This course examines globalization and cultural friction, the North-South divide, economic and cultural exchanges and the possibility of peaceful coexistence.
This course discusses issues related to China’s culture and politics, state and society, center and periphery, and domestic and international affairs.
The history of North Asia with emphasis on Mongolia. Qing China, Russia and Japan also receive attention.
This course discusses on the workings of various types of states in the context of Southeast Asian History.
This course focuses on studies of Theravada Buddhist societies in Southeast Asia, especially their traditional social structures and recent movements for social change.
This course considers the society and culture of Oceania, especially international links to the indigenous people of Australia and multiculturalism.
Until now, the world’s politics, economy, culture and society have been lead by the region consisting of Europe and the United States. By studying the literature, philosophy, art and history of the people who live across Europe and the United States, we who live in the non-Western world aim to reexamine and relativize these Western core values, lifestyles and social systems that appear to have taken root in our collective mind.
This course discusses the human spirit in the turn of the century, which was symbolized by a cultural crisis.
This course looks at the various problems involved in the transition from aristocracy to democracy in modern Europe, such as those related to royalty, education and leisure.
This course considers what the transformation of the United States will bring to us, analyzed from the point of view of political and social trends in the United States.
This course illustrates a plural global history using items now indispensable to our daily lives such as coffee or fruit as indicators.
An exploration of issues related to women in the areas of religion, thought, and art.
The nature of the culture of the United States is explored through art such as literature, movies and music.
This course clarifies aspects of modern society and culture, focusing on Christianity, which has brought about a common culture through the integration of different cultures.