Study of Japanese mythology, culture and the historical development of Shintoism and Buddhism; examination of the impact of these religions on Japanese culture and the origin of bushi (warriors). Graded ABCDE.
History 377: Japan from 1300 to 1800
Development of Japanese civilization from 1300 to 1800. Japanese culture, and political and economic developments. Continental cultural influence, development of a distinctive Japanese culture (religion, art and literature), and the worlds of the aristocrat and samurai. Graded ABCDE.
History 378: Emergence of Japan as a Global Power
Process of changes and reforms brought about by the Meiji Revolution of 1868. Japan’s role during WWI and WWII. Japan’s post WWII economic and political development and global response. Graded ABCDE.
Wyatt Film Showing - Abacus and Sword
Monday, September 24, 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Set during the Meiji Restoration period of Edo era Japan, Naoyuki belongs to the 8th generation of the Inoyama family, a family known for finance and accounting. He is also a gifted mathematician and uses the abacus with extreme skills. Naoyuki works under the declining Kaga clan. Because of this, Naoyuki and his wife Koma suffer hardships as their stature and wealth dissipates.
The film is based on a real diary describing the life of a 3rd generation samurai household during the late Edo period, in the midst of the Meiji Restoration which marked the end of the Tokugawa Shogunate. This movie was nominated for 2 Japanese Academy Awards (2010).
Wyatt Film Showing - The Little House
Monday, October 22, 5:00pm - 8:00pm; 301 FH
Veteran director Yôji Yamada (The Twilight Samurai) brings us a well-regarded film that focuses on a key era of Japan’s historical past. Here, in The Little House (Chiisai Ouchi, 2014), the time frame is 1931-1945, as Japan drifts towards war--but while the sociopolitical aspects make an important backdrop, Yamada zeros in on a deeply personal story: the doomed illicit love between a married matron (Takako Matsu) and her husband’s artistic colleague (Hidetaka Yoshioka), as observed and later recalled by an innocent servant girl (Haru Kuroki). Shot by Masashi Chikamori, and featuring a lovely score by Joe Hisaishi.
Wyatt Film Showing - Midnight Diner
Monday, November 12, 5:00pm - 8:00pm; 301 FH
The tiny restaurant is located in the middle of Tokyo that is opened from midnight to 7 in the morning. There is only one person who works at the restaurant, who is the cook and proprietor. The menu is extremely limited, but the cook aims to fulfill the customer’s request despite his limited ingredients. This film is much more than a cooking show, as the cook is kind and does his best to help people. Offering advice and consoling his customers, we get a glimpse of issues people face, who are up and round during these hours.
Wyatt Film Showing - Udon
Monday, December 10, 5:00pm - 8:00pm; 212 FH
Kosuke is 31 and tired of his hometown where nothing happens. On a whim, he departs for New York with dreams of making it big but return defeated and with debt. Little does he realizes upon his return, that he would rediscover the town’s - and the rest of the world’s - fixation with udon.