ASIA 120 - Introduction to East Asia (Japan)


General Links

  1. Google Maps (important places)
  2. Guide to Japanese Buddhism

Session 4

Asian Topics: Classical Japan (about 10 minutes total)

  1. An Introduction (1:27)
  2. The Capital at Nara (1:16)
  3. Influence of Chinese Culture (1:35)
  4. Four Elements Borrowed (0:49)
  5. Eternal Rule (1:19)
  6. Chinese Writing System (4:25)

Session 5

Asian Topics: Classical Japan

  1. Britannica Academic - Buddhism ("Introduction" and "The Foundations of Buddhism", requires login)
  2. Buddhism Introduced (1:17)

Recommended Resources (Optional)

  1. BBC In Our Time - The Buddha (30 minutes) (Listening Guide)
    1. BBC Website (download or stream)
    2. Youtube (stream with subtitles)
    3. Soundcloud (stream)

Session 6

Asian Topics: Confucianism & Classical Japan (about 30 minutes total)

  1. Three Confucian Values (0:35)
  2. Filial Piety (2:14)
  3. Ancestor Worship (2:06)
  4. Humaneness (Ren) (1:13)
  5. Ritual (Li) (2:38)
  6. Ritual in Everyday Life and Imperial Palace (1:47)
  7. Reciprocity and the Five Human Relationships (1:26)
  8. Man Is a Social Being (3:04)
  9. On Government (1:42)
  10. The Gentleman (1:48)
  11. On Education (0:49)
  12. The Classics (2:51)
  13. Is Confucian Thought "Religious" (4:29)
  14. The Emperor and the Mandate of Heaven (1:43)
  15. Confucianism & Prince Shotoku (2:07)

Recommended Resources (Optional)

  1. BBC In Our Time - Confucius (30 minutes) (Listening Guide)
    1. BBC Website (download or stream)
    2. Youtube (stream with subtitles)
    3. Soundcloud (stream)

Session 7

Asian Topics: Classical Japan

  1. Shinto (1:26)

Recommended Resources (Optional)

  1. BBC In Our Time - Shinto (45 minutes) (Listening Guide)
    1. BBC Website (download or stream)
    2. Soundcloud (stream)
  2. CBC Tapestry - John Nelson on Shinto (30 minutes)
    1. CBC Website

Session 8

Asian Topics: Classical Japan

  1. The Capital Heian and the Fujiwara Family (3:30)

Session 9

Asian Topics: Classical Japan & The Tale of Genji (about 13 minutes total)

  1. Waka Poetry (1:56)
  2. Man'yoshu & Kokinshu (4:44)
  3. Literary Salons (1:28)
  4. Setting (1:24)
  5. Woman's Point of View (0:58)
  6. Aesthetic of Impermanence (1:48)
  7. Impact (1:19)

Session 10

Asian Topics: Medieval Japan

  1. A Time of War (2:06)

Session 12

Asian Topics: Medieval Japan (about 8 minutes total)

  1. "Feudalism" (2:20)
  2. Kinship Aspect (1:09)
  3. War Tales of Samurai (1:49)
  4. Mongol Invasions (2:52)

Session 13

Asian Topics: An Account of My Hut, Essays in Idleness, & Noh Drama (about 16 minutes total)

  1. An Account of My Hut (3:16)
  2. Essays in Idleness (1:30)
  3. Desirability of Impermanence (1:56)
  4. Beauty of Simplicity (1:43)
  5. A Brief History and Introduction to Noh (0:38)
  6. Formal Structure (1:50)
  7. Aesthetic of Noh (0:54)
  8. Use of Masks (1:44)
  9. Story of Atsumori (1:33)
  10. Noh Theater Today (0:53)

Session 14

Asian Topics: Medieval Japan (about 9 minutes total)

  1. Seeking Solace (4:00)
  2. Emergence of Sects (1:47)
  3. Zen Buddhism (1:11)
  4. Chanoyu: The Tea Ceremony (1:31)
  5. Tea Room (0:22)

Recommended Resources (Optional)

  1. BBC In Our Time - Zen (45 minutes) (Listening Guide)
    1. BBC Website (download or stream)
    2. Youtube (stream with subtitles)
    3. Soundcloud (stream)

Session 15

Asian Topics: Medieval Japan

  1. Country at War (2:10)

Recommended Resources (Optional)

  1. BBC In Our Time - Samurai (45 minutes)
    1. BBC Website (download or stream)
    2. Youtube (stream with subtitles)

Session 16

Asian Topics: Tokugawa Japan (about 19 minutes total)

  1. Order and Change (1:47)
  2. Path to Modernization (2:11)
  3. Tokugawa Order (1:51)
  4. Political Order (2:45)
  5. Tokaido Road (1:50)
  6. Social Order (2:41)
  7. Confucian Social Values (2:46)
  8. Order in International Relations (3:19)

Recommended Resources (Optional)

  1. BBC In Our Time - Japan's Sakoku Period (45 minutes)
    1. BBC Website (download or stream)

Session 17

Asian Topics: Tokugawa Japan (about 14 minutes total)

  1. Tokugawa Change (1:09)
  2. Transformation of Samurai (2:55)
  3. Ethos of Social Classes (2:02)
  4. National Consciousness (1:25)
  5. Economic Growth and Urbanization (2:05)
  6. Ukiyo - Pleasure Quarters (4:09)

Session 18

Asian Topics: Saikaku & Chikamatsu Monzaemon (about 11 minutes total)

  1. The Comic Novelist (4:06)
  2. Chikamatsu (3:35)
  3. Bunraku Puppets (3:14)

Session 19

Asian Topics: Haiku & Basho (about 18 minutes total)

  1. Evolution of Haiku (0:55)
  2. Haiku in Tokugawa Society (1:51)
  3. Composing Haikai (1:45)
  4. Haiku Form (2:09)
  5. Interpreting Haiku (3:52)
  6. Basho's Contributions (1:05)
  7. Basho the Traveler (2:23)
  8. Travel as Metaphor (2:31)
  9. Spiritual Freedom (1:19)

Recommended Resources (Optional)

  1. BBC In Our Time - Hokusai (45 minutes)
    1. BBC Website (download or stream)
    2. Youtube (stream with subtitles)
  2. Britannica Academic - Hokusai

Session 21

Recommended Resources (Optional)

  1. BBC In Our Time - the Sino-Japanese War (45 minutes)
    1. BBC Website (download or stream)
    2. Youtube (stream with subtitles)