Intro to Japanese Culture

A photo of a woman in a kimono at a memorial for the bombing or Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

In August of 1945, the United States dropped atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Memorials for the victims have been built all over the world. These bombings are still remembered today not just as events during the war, but as events that had a role in shaping modern Japan. (Photo courtesy of The Workers' Party of Ireland on Flickr.)


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21G.064 / 21G.592

As Taught In

Spring 2012


Undergraduate / Graduate

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This course examines the major aesthetic, social, and political elements which have shaped modern Japanese culture and society. There are readings on contemporary Japan and historical evolution of the culture are coordinated with study of literary texts, film, and art, along with an analysis of everyday life and leisure activities.

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Ian Condry. 21G.064 Intro to Japanese Culture. Spring 2012. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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