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Tales Of Cherry Blossom Dreams, Kelly Dykstra 2018 Grand Valley State University

Tales Of Cherry Blossom Dreams, Kelly Dykstra

Honors Projects

I studied the writings of Female authors during the Heian era of Japan to write an original work imitating that style.


Stance-Taking: Jfl Learners And Benefactive Verbs, Kumiko Takizawa 2018 Portland State University

Stance-Taking: Jfl Learners And Benefactive Verbs, Kumiko Takizawa

Dissertations and Theses

This study explores how JFL learners take a benefactive stance in Japanese. As Jaffe (2009) observes, stance-taking "plays a complex role with respect to the naturalization of social and linguistic ideologies and the social structures they legitimate." The way in which language is used to take a stance always concerns the social context in which a speaker finds her/himself. In Japanese, benefactive verbs (kureru, ageru, morau and their honorific and humble equivalents) are indispensable stance indicators for showing gratitude or indebtedness. Such expressions do not really exist in English and their grammar is complex. It is assumed that JFL ...


How World Trade Centers, Jet And International Education Consider Cultural Dimensions When Facilitating Intercultural Communication With Japanese, John Bates Jr. 2018 University of Washington Tacoma

How World Trade Centers, Jet And International Education Consider Cultural Dimensions When Facilitating Intercultural Communication With Japanese, John Bates Jr.

Global Honors Theses

Abstract

Due to globalization, situations requiring intercultural communication skills such as cross-cultural business exchanges and foreign language teaching are more frequent and necessary. To provide a snapshot of how professionals currently practice intercultural communication, I researched how those from three case studies consider, intentionally or otherwise, cultural dimensions when interacting with those from Japan. Moreover, I speculated how these professionals and those in similar situations might be able to practice better intercultural communication skills. I preselected two interviewees from World Trade Centers, those that have taught in the Japan Exchange and Teaching program, (JET), and international education programs and performed ...


Towards A Beautiful Japan: Right-Wing Religious Nationalism In Japan's Ldp, Andrew Weiss 2018 Yale University

Towards A Beautiful Japan: Right-Wing Religious Nationalism In Japan's Ldp, Andrew Weiss

Student Work

A 2017-2018 William Prize for best essay in East Asian Studies was awarded to Andrew Weiss (Davenport College '18) for his essay submitted to the East Asian Studies Program, "Towards a Beautiful Japan: Right-Wing Religious Nationalism in Japan's LDP” (Frances Rosenbluth, Damon Wells Professor of Political Science, advisor).

Andrew Weiss, a double major in East Asian Studies and Global Affairs, spent several months of field work in Japan over the summer and winter of 2017 to understand the role of right-wing Shinto in the thinking and politics of the Liberal Democratic Party. Why is the LDP and Abe in ...


起死回生(Resuscitation): Japan's Search For Machines And Their Meanings, Justin McDonnell 2018 University of San Francisco

起死回生(Resuscitation): Japan's Search For Machines And Their Meanings, Justin Mcdonnell

Master's Projects and Capstones

Japan’s lost decade(s) ushered in a new era of economic and societal malaise, marked by a shrinking population, an increased proportion of elderly people, inequality, neo-nationalism(s), uncertainty, and isolation. This project seeks to understand how Japan is trying to address these issues and reconstruct itself from the lost decade(s) with the use of artificial intelligence (jinkou chihou) and robotics along with the societal implications of this technology. This interdisciplinary research utilizes innovative, historical narratives (Morris-Suzuki,1988, Hornyak 2006), and the socio-cultural milieu of Japan and its traditions (Allison 2013; Katsuno 2010) to further appreciate and acknowledge ...


Currents Of Consumption: How National Narratives Of Japanese Cuisine Collide With Localized Forms Of Sushi In Northern California, John Ostermiller 2018 University of San Francisco

Currents Of Consumption: How National Narratives Of Japanese Cuisine Collide With Localized Forms Of Sushi In Northern California, John Ostermiller

Master's Projects and Capstones

This paper examines how national narratives of Japanese cuisine collide with the expectations, preferences, and perceptions of American consumers (particularly Northern California). The global economy has benefited the circulation of positive images of Japan managed by the Japanese government, but the commercialization of Japanese cuisine is also at odds with government efforts. In Japan, sushi is often synonymous with nigirizushi: sliced seafood and a daub of wasabi atop vinegared rice. As part of Japan’s washoku tradition, this singular image of sushi (allegedly) reflects the deepest essence of Japanese cultural sensibilities tied to simplicity, perfection, and nature. But in America ...


Cultural Combinations In Japanese Art: The False Dichotomy Of Buddhism And Shintō, Danae Reaves-Bey Browne 2018 Bridgewater State University

Cultural Combinations In Japanese Art: The False Dichotomy Of Buddhism And Shintō, Danae Reaves-Bey Browne

Honors Program Theses and Projects

In the latter half of the nineteenth century, the Meiji regime (1868-1912) of Japan declared a mandatory separation of indigenous deities from Buddhist figures. The Meiji government sought to use indigenous rituals, instead of Buddhist rituals, to legitimize its power. It thus codified these beliefs as a national religion, today referred to as Shintō (神道), to emphasize their autonomy. Yet, in spite of its efforts to isolate these beliefs from all others, Japanese spirituality still bears traces of “extra-cultural” religious ideas. This is the result of a long history of religious syncretism (hybridity) in the region. An understanding of the ...


Gender And Spiritual Possession In The Tale Of Genji, Molly Phelps 2018 Bellarmine University

Gender And Spiritual Possession In The Tale Of Genji, Molly Phelps

Undergraduate Theses

This thesis looks at the relationship between gender and the supernatural in Murasaki Shikibu's The Tale of Genji. The goal is to show how Lady Rokujo uses spiritual powers to rebel against the sexual hierarchy of Heian Japan while not fully defying its sexism. This is supported by historical background of the Heian period, examples of the mistreatment of women in the novel, and close analysis of instances of Lady Rokujo's supernatural actions. This analysis shows there is a complicated background to the vengeful spirit trope that still haunts the global imagination.


The Not-So Noble Lie: The Militarization Of The Japanese Population Through Education, Kyle Cochran, Sydney Hackworth, Emily Johnson, Jennifer Likens, Megan Rohmann, John Ernst 2018 Morehead State University

The Not-So Noble Lie: The Militarization Of The Japanese Population Through Education, Kyle Cochran, Sydney Hackworth, Emily Johnson, Jennifer Likens, Megan Rohmann, John Ernst

Celebration of Student Scholarship Posters Archive

No abstract provided.


How Are Western Holidays Interpreted And Celebrated In Japan?: Christmas, Valentine's Day, Halloween, Aya Kaneko 2018 State University of New York at Stony Brook

How Are Western Holidays Interpreted And Celebrated In Japan?: Christmas, Valentine's Day, Halloween, Aya Kaneko

Asian & Asian American Studies Student Research Symposium

No abstract provided.


Healing And Trauma: Memories Of Children Survivors Of The 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, Chikako Nakamura 2018 State University of New York at Stony Brook

Healing And Trauma: Memories Of Children Survivors Of The 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, Chikako Nakamura

Asian & Asian American Studies Student Research Symposium

Over 1,700 children were orphaned by the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami. The Great East Earthquake was one of the most catastrophic natural disasters ever to hit Japan and its damage was enormous and still continues today. Reconstruction Agency, a government agency, reported (2015) that 241 children under 18 lost both parents and 1537 children lost a parent in Iwate, Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures.


Modern-Day Hermits: The Significant Impacts Of Hikikomori And Other Social Groups In Japanese Society, Brian Kopycinski 2018 Kent State University

Modern-Day Hermits: The Significant Impacts Of Hikikomori And Other Social Groups In Japanese Society, Brian Kopycinski

Undergraduate Research Symposium

In the twenty-first century, Japan has become a highly mobilized, developed, and social country. This research brings attention to the social withdrawals in Japanese society. These social groups have chosen to live their alternative lifestyles for various reasons. Hikikomori are typically teenagers or young adults who are reclusive and isolate themselves, usually not leaving their homes for six months or longer. NEET is slang, based on the acronym that describes them, as a person who is not in education, employment or training. A parasite single is somebody that chooses to remain living with their parents as single adults, to maintain ...


Renewable Energy: A Solution To Japan’S Energy Crisis, Sunny Kwan 2018 Murray State University

Renewable Energy: A Solution To Japan’S Energy Crisis, Sunny Kwan

Scholars Week

As world population increases steadily, fossil fuel deposits around the world continue to be consumed; estimates state that all current known deposits will run dry by 2088. Fossil fuel consumption not only causes environmental pollution, but its resulting greenhouse gases accelerate global warming, leading to destructive changes in climate patterns and rising sea levels. On one hand, fossil fuels are an indispensable part of daily life, but they also cause irreversible damage to the environment. On the other hand, renewable energy sources are more expensive and less convenient to develop compared to fossil fuels, but they are a great alternative ...


The Taiko Connection: Reclaiming History, Activating Equality, Tamiko Cavey 2018 California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

The Taiko Connection: Reclaiming History, Activating Equality, Tamiko Cavey

History

Taiko drumming has been a Japanese cultural art form from as early as the fifth century. A taiko "boom" in which ensemble groups gained popularity took off in Japan post-WWII, and in the United States during the late 1960s-early 1970s amid the Asian American Civil Rights Movement. In discussing the historical experiences of the burakumin outcastes of Japan and Japanese Americans, this paper explores how taiko has been used as a form of social activism for these marginalized groups, and how this cultural reclamation facilitates the process of developing self-identity.


Kawabata And Cinema: The Ambivalence Of Knowledge, Medium, And Influence, Aaron Gerow 2018 Yale University

Kawabata And Cinema: The Ambivalence Of Knowledge, Medium, And Influence, Aaron Gerow

Aaron Gerow

Many researchers have considered the involvement of Kawabata Yasunari in cinema and the medium’s possible influence on his literature. Such approaches, however, tend to assume a definition of the motion pictures as visuality or montage that then influences Kawabata instead of first considering Kawabata’s own conception of cinema, his own film theory. By analyzing his writings on film, including his film criticism, short stories involving cinema, and his involvement in the film A Page of Madness, this paper outlines Kawabata’s conception of cinema and argues that he developed a portrait of cinema that posed it as a ...


Making Japan Great Again: Japan's Liberal Democratic Party As A Far Right Movement, Wesley Yee 2018 The University of San Francisco

Making Japan Great Again: Japan's Liberal Democratic Party As A Far Right Movement, Wesley Yee

Undergraduate Honors Theses

In recent years, far right-wing political parties have gained power around the world. Far-right movements build a populist, anti-establishment support base through the use of ethno-nationalism and xenophobic policies and slogans. This article applies the models and party frames used to study European far-right movements and applies them to the case of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan (LDP), a party whose policies under prime ministers Junichiro Koizumi and Shinzo Abe have pushed the party from having a center-right stance to having more of a far-right nationalist and populist one. Using this framework I find that the LDP has utilized ...


A Religious Pilgrimage For Retired Women: A Translation And Analysis Of Jippensha Ikku's Togakushi Zenkō-Ji Ōrai, Johnathan McGlory 2018 University of Massachusetts Amherst

A Religious Pilgrimage For Retired Women: A Translation And Analysis Of Jippensha Ikku's Togakushi Zenkō-Ji Ōrai, Johnathan Mcglory

Masters Theses

This thesis will consider the question of the intended audience of Jippensha Ikku’s十返舎一九, ōraimono (educational book) Togakushi Zenkō-ji ōrai 戸隠善光寺往来(1822) as preface to an annotated translation completed using free online xylographic editions. Published in the midst of rising literacy rates and a boom in religious pilgrimages, this work would have been popular among women of the late Edo era. Analysis of the ōraimono genre will reveal that this work, was intended as a practical guidebook for Zenkō-ji pilgrimages rather than for use as a classroom textbook. An experienced traveler guides a dutiful son and mother from Edo (Tōkyō ...


Finding Home After Fallout: The Future Of Fukushima's Forests, Katy N. Spence 2018 University of Montana

Finding Home After Fallout: The Future Of Fukushima's Forests, Katy N. Spence

Graduate Student Theses, Dissertations, & Professional Papers

This long-form journalistic piece is about radioactive forests in Yamakiya, Fukushima Prefecture, Japan, and how locals are dealing with it. Residents of Yamakiya were forced to evacuate their village in April 2011 following an explosion at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

One Yamakiyan, Hidekatsu Ouchi, stepped into the role of community leader and is the focus of this story. He hopes Yamakiya can use the radiation, rather than condemning it. Ouchi’s devotion to his community is connected to the Japanese concept of furusato, which refers to an individual’s obligation and nostalgia for family, community and place. The story ...


"Time Is Surely Passing" Progress And Decline Toward An Inevitable End In Murakami Haruki's Trilogy Of The Rat, Madison C. Grubb 2018 Bard College

"Time Is Surely Passing" Progress And Decline Toward An Inevitable End In Murakami Haruki's Trilogy Of The Rat, Madison C. Grubb

Senior Projects Spring 2018

Senior Project submitted to The Division of Languages and Literature of Bard College.


A Case Study: Gender Equality In The Workplace In Post-War Japan And Its Global Implications, Lee Michelle Cummings 2018 Bard College

A Case Study: Gender Equality In The Workplace In Post-War Japan And Its Global Implications, Lee Michelle Cummings

Senior Projects Spring 2018

Gender equality is an issue that is coming to the forefront of all nations, not just because of feminist ideals, but economically as well. This project focuses on why this is occurring and how some countries’ cultures impact this issue more then others. To do this, gender equalities issues in the workplace in Japan are used as a case study. The idea of men being the breadwinners in the outer sphere, while women take care of and remain in the home in the inner sphere, is a phenomenon seen not only in Japan but other Asian nations, such as China ...


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