Education for "Japanese Culture & Japanese Language"at AGU

Best environment for learning "Japan"

KOMATSU Yasuhiko, Director of International Center
Professor, College of Literature

KOMATSU Yasuhiko(Early Japanese literature)

KOMATSU Yasuhiko, Director of International Center
Professor, College of Literature

KOMATSU Yasuhiko(Early Japanese literature)

Education for "Japanese Culture"at AGU

There is an introductory course to Japanese culture in AGU for the first time to learn about Japan.

  1. Japanese Culture and Society

    ITO Emi

    Learn how to read and write kanji and kanji vocabulary corresponding to N4,N5 levels of "Daichi ①②".
    I will also learn the kanji vocabulary of familiar shops, food, vehicles, buildings, etc. that I see in Japan, and have conversations while looking at the materials.
    From the 11th edition, we will create a kanji vocabulary list of things that we are interested in and share it with everyone at the 15th edition.
    [Course objectives]
    ・Acquire reading and writing of beginner kanji and kanji vocabulary.
    ・You can learn kanji vocabulary about Japanese shops, food, vehicles, buildings, etc., and have a simple conversation.
    ・To deepen understanding of themes and to acquire culturally appropriate expressions and manners.

  2. Japanology A

    KNIGHTON, Mary Alice/SCHIEDER, Chelsea Szendi/ALLEN TAMAI Mitsue

    This course is aimed primarily at international students and designed as a capsule survey of the history of Japanese culture and society. It is interdisciplinary and focused on the humanities, social sciences, and media/technology. Guest speakers with expertise in comparative aspects of Japanese culture and society will be invited to class to lecture several times each term. This course is aimed at International Program for Japan Studies (IPJS) and Gender Studies Center students, and functions also as an elective course for international exchange students, regular degree students from abroad and within Japan.

  3. Japanology B

    UCHIYAMA Yoshihide

    To learn other country’s culture is important. It means beginning of mutualunderstanding.
    You are able to study Japanese traditional culture.(FloralArrangement ,Calligraphy , Tea Ceremony and so on ) from experts .
    International students and Japanese students study this course together.
    It will realize international cultural exchange.
    Japanese students who want to be active abroad should take this course.

  4. Literature B

    SON, Shih-wei

    In the second half of the class, we will focus on the Muromachi and Tokugawa periods texts and read a variety of selected works from these two periods. Nō Stage such as “Birds of Sorrow”, and “Three Poets at Minase” from the Muromachi Period; and Sections from Matsuo Basho, including “The Narrow Road of Oku,” “The Love Suicides at Sonezaki” by Chikamatsu Monzaemon, and Waka and haiku of the Tokugawa Period. The one-year long class allow you to get a general picture of pre-modern Japanese literature and the elements that nourished the Japanese culture.

  5. Traditional Industries

    STOILOVA, Victoria Iosifova

    This course examines major trends in Japanese literature and arts from its beginnings through the modern period. It highlights how Japanese culture developed in intense dialogue with nature, and offers the context of how cultural production has been embedded in an environment that was immersed in awareness of past belletristic rhetorics. Concentrating on close reading of “Japan and the Culture of the Four Seasons,” an overview of Japanese literature, culture and arts as well as some traditional industries, we focus in particular on the topic of “Nature” and on the characteristic dynamics that developed between the natural environment and the socio-cultural landscape in Japan.

  6. History of Japanese Arts Ⅱ

    NAITOU Masato

    This paper discusses ' Ukiyoe ' , a kind of manners and customs painting developed mainly in Edo during the Edo period.This year, we will discuss people and works of Utamaro KITAGAWA, who is known as a beautiful painter in the late 18th century.In addition, other contemporary examples of beautiful paintings and their painters will be mentioned.

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  1. Introduction to Japanese Studies

    UMEDA Kei

    In this lecture, students acquire a viewpoint for considering Japanese culture and society using Japanese studies as a lever.From ancient times to modern times, we will consider the various aspects of culture created by international political dynamics, economic exchange, and people-to-people exchanges.
    [Course objectives]
    ・Learn, know, and think about the culture that comes from interaction.
    ・It becomes possible to think relatively about the Japanese framework.
    ・Cultivate basic abilities to read and understand historical materials.
    ・Participate in international discussions and gain a contemporary perspective.

  2. Lecture on Japanese Literature (B)

    SON, Shih-wei

    The aim of this course is to deeply understand modern Japanese culture by experiences of Japanese modern literature related skills and technologies. This course will consist of a full-time teacher’s lectures and guest speakers’ instructions. The instructor of the course will lecture on how modern technologies impacted Japanese literature. The guest speakers, who are experts of a variety of fields, will lecture on each of the topics in a pragmatic approach.

    [IMPORTANT] Due to the restriction of college funding, The class is EXCLUSIVELY designed for international students (including international exchange students). IF YOU ARE NOT AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT, PLEASE DO NOT REGISTER.

  3. History of Japanese Culture

    YASUHARA Makoto

    To gain a deeper understanding of modern novels and classics, he learns the history and characteristics of the town of Edo/Tokyo.
    [Course objectives]
    ・The history of the capital city "Tokyo" can be explained.
    ・We can explain what kind of town there is in Tokyo and what kind of characteristics the town has.
    ・Old maps become readable.

  4. Modern Japanese Culture


    The course will question discourses of modern Japanese identity in the critical spirit of cultural studies. The students will reexamine and enrich their experience of modern Japanese culture through reading of texts on the topic written by international body of experts. The students are required to prepare presentations about their favorite films, games, TV shows, music, sports or other products of Japanese popular culture, and explain in detail why and how those contents are attractive for global audiences.

  5. Art and Religion in the East

    SASAKI Yasuyuki

    Lectures are given on the theme of "plastic arts related to the belief in water."Water, the root of life, has become an object of worship in various parts of the world, and various forms have been produced by it.In this lecture, I would like to widely deal with Buddhist art, Shinto art, or Suijaku art from ancient and medieval times in Japan, and look at through examples of works such as how water is expressed and what faith and meaning it has in it, in addition to water-related whipping and hot fish.While introducing many examples of works each time, we will look specifically at the drawing representations, designs, and concepts of the core works.I would like to consider the question of religion and art from the familiar object of water.

  6. Japanese Politics Ⅱ

    Associate Professor BOYD,James Patrick III

    This course is designed to introduce students to policy-making in postwar Japan from the political science perspectives of comparative politics and international relations. The course proceeds in three parts. The first part places Japanese politics and policy-making in a comparative context and introduces models of the policy-making process. The second part of the course focuses on the policy-making process in domestic policy areas, including budgetary policy, industrial policy, social welfare policy, energy policy, immigration policy, energy policy, and education policy. The final part considers Japan’s security policy, diplomacy, and foreign relations. Weekly reading assignments, quizzes, a paper and a final exam require students to spend about 120 minutes preparing for class each week.

  7. Introduction to Japanese Economy Ⅰ

    YASUI Kengo

    This lecture explains the shape of the Japanese economy based on economic theory.After explaining the basic concepts of economics, we explain based on the latest data whether the real Japanese economy is moving according to the theories taught by economics.In the Nihon Keizairon I, the content which focuses on the problem of declining birthrate, employment problem, and aging problem is dealt with.
    [Course objectives]
    Its goal is to gain the ability to grasp the current state of the Japanese economy and to deal with current economic issues as well.

  8. Travel and Tourism in Contemporary Japan

    MIURA Tomoko

    Tourism is regarded as the pillar of Japan's economic growth strategy, and one of the main components of the regional revitalization. The students of this class will learn to understand the present conditions of our country’s international and domestic tourism, and how they are contributing to the society and the economy.

    In the class, some of the popular tourist destinations and tourism facilities will be introduced, as well as the major stakeholders in the tourism industry, including hotels, ryokan,transportations and tourism organizations. Discussion will also extend to tourism management and policy making of present-day Japan.

Education for "Japanese Language"at AGU

In AGU's Japanese language courses, based on curriculum policies, while valuing the identity of each foreign student, Japanese language professionals who possess comprehensive Japanese language communication skills to build relationships by overcoming different languages, cultures, and values are being developed.Specifically, classes and support programs are being developed that allow foreign students to engage in Japanese language studies from three perspectives: (1) promoting understanding of Japan's rich language and culture and the language and culture of foreign students themselves; (2) cultivating Japanese language abilities to support specialized learning from a broad perspective; and (3) fostering co-creativity to work together with people to solve problems across nationalities and attributes.

Attractive content and rich level organization

Japanese courses for exchange students have levels I to VII, and international students can learn both in Japanese and in Japanese in a way that matches their own levels and purposes, as well as in the context of the Japanese situation.In addition, if you are staying for two semesters, you can also learn each interlocking subject step by step.Subject names and levels, and guidelines are as follows.

Subject Name Level Guideline
Japanese I & Japanese Culture and Society I CEFR-PreA1
Japanese II & Japanese Culture and Society II CEFR-A1/JLPT-N5
Japanese III & Japanese Culture and Society III CEFR-A1/JLPT-N4
Japanese IV & Japanese Culture and Society IV CEFR-B1/JLPT-N3
Japanese V & Japanese Culture and Society V CEFR-B2/JLPT-N2
Japanese VI & Japanese Culture and Society VI CEFR-C1/JLPT-N1
Japanese VII & Japanese Culture and Society VII  CEFR-C2
Subject Name Level Guideline
Japanese I & Japanese Culture and Society I CEFR-PreA1
Japanese II & Japanese Culture and Society II CEFR-A1/JLPT-N5
Japanese III & Japanese Culture and Society III CEFR-A1/JLPT-N4
Japanese IV & Japanese Culture and Society IV CEFR-B1/JLPT-N3
Japanese V & Japanese Culture and Society V CEFR-B2/JLPT-N2
Japanese VI & Japanese Culture and Society VI CEFR-C1/JLPT-N1
Japanese VII & Japanese Culture and Society VII  CEFR-C2

Introduction of main features

  1. To steadily acquire Japanese language skills

    "The ""Japanese I to VII"" course for exchange students offers four classes a week where students can learn the four skills of ""reading, writing, listening, and speaking"" comprehensively."In addition, a once-a-week class on "Japan Affairs" is provided to deepen understanding of Japanese culture and society as well as the regions and countries from which international students are from.

  2. Learning about language, culture, and society from multiple angles

    For long-term international students studying in faculties (1-4 years) and graduate schools (first semester doctoral courses and second semester doctoral courses), courses to acquire academic Japanese culture from the viewpoint of Japanese language and culture, and courses to acquire business Japanese needs for career paths after graduation are also established.

  3. Substantial learning support

    It also has a counseling service for learning support and a substantial learning support system, such as a student supporter, to help you spend a fruitful study abroad life in AGU.

Introduction of main Subjects

  1. Subjects for foreign students studying in undergraduate and graduate schools over a long period of time

    Advanced Japanese A-1/Japanese ⅡB-1/Japanese Ⅲ-1/Advanced Japanese-1 (TANAKA Yusuke)

    This course provides explanations and activities on academic writing to express the knowledge and thoughts gained in studying at universities.Above all, it deals with content that focuses on vocabulary, grammar, and expressions.
    This subject first introduces information useful for learning Japanese and fostering writing abilities, and aims to introduce tools that international students can learn actively and collaboratively.Incorporate your goals and goals into your daily learning by comparing them with the information you have gained.
    Next, explanations are given on the topic of each lecture.

  2. Courses for exchange students

    Japanese (ⅢS)C(ARAI Hisayo)

    Learn the basics (kiso) for leading a life in Japanese.To enable pupils to listen and speak to what they need in their daily lives
    ・To enable students to hear weather forecasts, announcements of vehicles, and broadcasts in various places.
    ・To enable pupils to communicate by listening to (reading) various explanations and things that the recipient wants to convey or ask for.
    ・To enable students to make short speeches about self-introduction, student life, social topics, etc.

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