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Steps in Japanese for Beginners1 Part3 (edX)

Learn important words and phrases for building relationships with other people. The exchange student Andy is asked to join the university yosokoi dance club. And he decides to join. Through interaction with his yosokoi club mates and his Japanese class teacher, he describes his experiences and we learn more [...]
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Steps in Japanese for Beginners1 Part2 (edX)

Learn how to acquire essential information, as well as how to convey information to others. Andy is starting his life at a Japanese university but there are still many things, like which course he should take and where to buy the course textbooks, he needs to sort out. To [...]
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Steps in Japanese for Beginners1 Part1 (edX)

Learn basic Japanese expressions to survive in Japanese. Andy, an exchange student who as just arrived in Japan, is making greetings and introducing himself through his life in a university dormitory. He learns the taste of the foods he becomes to like by eating with Mr. Sato and Mr. [...]
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Steps in Japanese for Beginners2 Part3 (edX)

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Steps in Japanese for Beginners2 Part3 (edX)
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Learn how to explain a troubling situation, and how to ask for assistance from people. Andy explains the symptoms of his illness at hospital and describes some problems he has with his room at the dormitory. He also asks for assistance. He asks for help from his friend with [...]
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Japanese Books: From Manuscript to Print (edX)

This course expands the definition of the “book” to include scrolls and albums, focusing on the reading experience of a variety of formats in Japan. You will begin by examining rare and beautifully preserved manuscripts in the Harvard Art Museums in an introduction exploring the material properties of Japanese [...]
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The Art of Washi Paper in Japanese Rare Books (FutureLearn)

Mar 15th 2021
The Art of Washi Paper in Japanese Rare Books (FutureLearn)
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Learn about the history, production and design of papers used inside Japanese rare books. Deepen your understanding of rare books and Japanese culture. The papers inside books can last hundreds of years if cared for correctly. This course will look at the history of papers used inside Japanese rare [...]
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Invitation to The Tale of Genji: The Foundational Elements of Japanese Culture (edX)

Dec 16th 2020
Invitation to The Tale of Genji: The Foundational Elements of Japanese Culture (edX)
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Explore the world's oldest novel written in the eleventh century and develop the perspective to understand Japanese classical literature and the foundation of Japanese culture. The Tale of Genji (Genji Monogatari) is a long-form narrative composed in Japan at the beginning of the eleventh century. It depicts relationships both [...]
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Visualizing Japan (1850s-1930s): Westernization, Protest, Modernity (edX)

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Visualizing Japan (1850s-1930s): Westernization, Protest, Modernity (edX)
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A MITx/HarvardX collaboration, this course explores Japan’s transition into the modern world through the historical visual record. This MITx course was developed in collaboration with HarvardX and is co-taught by MIT, Harvard, and Duke historians. You will examine Japanese history in a new way—through the images created by those [...]
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Sino-Japanese Interactions Through Rare Books (FutureLearn)

Aug 31st 2020
Sino-Japanese Interactions Through Rare Books (FutureLearn)
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Learn about the role of books in the relationship between the cultures of Japan and China, with this free online course. Books have played a major role in the formation of Japan’s culture, particularly those brought from China. On this course we’ll examine how big an impact these books [...]
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Visualizing the Birth of Modern Tokyo (edX)

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Visualizing the Birth of Modern Tokyo (edX)
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See Tokyo’s modernization through the “100 views” tradition, from the gas-lit 1870s to the jazz era 1930s. From MIT Visualizing Cultures, with the Smithsonian Institution. This course shows the emergence of modern Tokyo through artist renderings of its neighborhoods, daily life and nightlife, nested between its recurring destruction by [...]
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