Japan
The Intersection of Tradition & Modernity
DATE 
TOPICS/READINGS
1/10 Introduction Shinto: The Indigenous Traditon?
Japanese Culture: The Religious and Philosophical Foundations (JC): 13-53
Destination Exploration (DE): Hoffert ~ Koyassan Food for Thought (F4T): Matsubara ~ Sushi
1/17 MLK HOLIDAY
1/24 Shinbutsu-Shugo: The Synthesis of Buddhism and Shinto
JC: 61-72 Shinto and Buddhism Mt. Hiei Iitokodori
DE: Fushimi Inari Shrine (Thanh Huynh) & F4T: Gyoza (Emmanuel Borishade)
1/31Zen and the Development of Japanese Aesthetics
JC: 79-97 Wabi Sabi: 7-36 Japanese Mascots John Oliver’s Mascots
DE: Ryoanji (Mary Rasmussen) & F4T: Okonomiyaki (Thanh Huynh)
2/7
The Japanese Tea Ceremony
Wabi Sabi: 40-72 Bushido: The Soul of the Samurai (Sections 1-4)
DE: Kinkakuji (Miante Mitchell) & F4T: Tempura (Joshua Cormack)
2/14
Confucianism in the Tokugawa Shogunate
JC: 101-107 Bushido: The Sould of the Samurai (Sections 5-17)
DE: Nagoya Castle (Caroline Derango) & F4T: Donburi (Ava Slowinski)
2/21
Japan’s Encounter with the Modern World
Modern Japan: 1-41 • JC: 113-123
DE: Sensoji (Abbey Scuito) & F4T: Curry Rice (Mary Rasmussen)
2/28Revolution: Embracing Modernity
Modern Japan: 42-61 Aspects of Hybrid Consciousness Toyota Production System
DE: Tokyo Imperial Palace (Joshua Cormack) 
3/7 Overcoming and Ovecome by Modernity: Japan at War
Modern Japan: 62-88 • Barefoot Gen (view in library or at public screening)
DE: Yasukuni Shrine (Ava Slowinski) & F4T: Yakitori (Miante Mitchell)
3/14SPRING BREAK
3/21Economic Miracles and the Making of a Postmodern Society
Modern Japan: 89-123 Shinkansen
F4T: Takoyaki (Caroline Derango)
3/28 Tradition and Modernity: The Ongoing Creation of Japanese Identity
Modern Japan: 124-149 ChinmokuGambari • Senpai-Kohai
DE: Nachi Taisha (Oliva Reyna)
4/4 The Development of Japanese Pop Culture
Japanese Popular Culture and Globalization: 1-34 • Robots (watch up to 19m28s)
F4T: Ramen (Abbey Scuito)
4/11
The Globalization of Japanese Pop Culture
Japanese Popular Culture and Globalization: 35-71 • HarajukuMaid Cafe
DE: Akihabara (Emmanuel Borishade)
4/18Tales from the Dark Side
Dogs and Demons: 358-385Rent-A-FamilyPersonal Robots
F4T: Sukiyaki (Oliva Reyna)
4/25
Final Paper Presentations
• Brief presentations of each student’s final paper (with a strict 5-minute time limit)
Final Paper