Online Class: Japanese Cultural Studies 101

This course will explore this history as well as discuss Japanese traditions, language, religions, food, etiquette and manners, careers and education, arts, holidays and leisure, architecture, government and the legal system.

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Course Description

Delving into the Depths of Japan: A Journey through Time and Culture

Nestled to the east of China, Japan emerges as an enchanting archipelago, separated from the Asian mainland by a mere 120 miles of oceanic expanse. With a rich tapestry of history spanning over 30,000 years, Japan offers a mesmerizing blend of seclusion and global interaction. This dichotomy has birthed a culture that seamlessly fuses international influences while preserving its authentic Japanese essence.

Dive deep into this course as we journey through Japan's evocative history, tracing the ebb and flow of its interactions with the wider world. We will illuminate the vibrant traditions that have shaped the Japanese way of life, from the intricacies of its language to the spiritual depths of its religions. Feast your senses on the culinary wonders of Japanese cuisine, and understand the nuanced etiquettes that underpin social interactions.

Discover the Japanese commitment to excellence in careers and education, and marvel at the arts that have resonated through time — each art form narrating tales of seasons, emotions, and landscapes. Revel in the joyous celebrations of holidays and indulge in leisure activities that reflect a harmonious blend of the past and present. Stand in awe of the architectural marvels, from ancient temples to contemporary skyscrapers, each telling a story of Japan's journey through time.

At the heart of our exploration lies the Japanese ethos: a deep-rooted reverence for consideration, thoughtfulness, and order. These values make Japan one of the safest and most serene destinations globally. While immersing oneself completely might be challenging given the uniqueness of the culture, the beauty of the Japanese way of life invites appreciation at every turn.

Embark on this transformative journey with us, as we unravel the multifaceted layers of Japanese culture, offering insights that transcend the mere tourist gaze, plunging into the very soul of this ancient yet modern land.

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Course Lessons

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Lesson 1: Introduction

Japan is a strand of islands, or archipelago, that lies to the east of the coast of China. Additional lesson topics: Japan's Geography 115 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Japan; Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete Assignment: Thoughts on Japan
  • Assessment: Lesson 1 Exam

Lesson 2: Traditions

Many Japanese traditions that you see today date far back into Japan's rich history. Additional lesson topics: Japanese Tea Ceremony; The History of Sumo Wrestling 110 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Complete Assignment: Geisha
  • Assessment: Lesson 2 Exam

Lesson 3: Language

The Japanese did not have a written language at all until about the 5th century, when the Chinese alphabet came to Japan by way of Korea. Additional lesson topics: Learn to Speak Japanese; The Japanese Language 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Japanese Language
  • Assessment: Lesson 3 Exam

Lesson 4: Religion

The two major religions in Japan are Shinto and Buddhism, but Confucianism also plays a role. Additional lesson topics: Shinto 109 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Complete Assignment: Religion
  • Assessment: Lesson 4 Exam

Lesson 5: Food

The Japanese diet is based on fish, rice and vegetables. Additional lesson topics: Japanese Dishes; Japanese Food 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 5 Exam

Lesson 6: Etiquette and Manners Part I

As a very densely populated country, Japanese spend a lot of time in very close proximity to other people. As a result, they tend to value their personal space. Additional lesson topics: Japanese Names 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 6 Exam

Lesson 7: Etiquette and Manners Part II: Behavior Inside a Japanese House

Japanese real estate is extremely expensive and homes place a great value on multi-purpose spaces. Additional lesson topics: Guide to Chopstick Etiquette; Guide to Japanese Table Manners 110 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Complete Assignment: House Etiquette
  • Assessment: Lesson 7 Exam

Lesson 8: Career and Education

More than 80% of men and about 50% of women in Japan work more than 40 hours per week. Additional lesson topics: Business Etiquette; The Work/Life Balance 110 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Complete Assignment: Educational Thoughts
  • Assessment: Lesson 8 Exam

Lesson 9: The Arts

Painting is the most popular art form in Japan, and its history is actually connected with calligraphy. Additional lesson topics: Haiku; Origami Instructions 110 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Popular Art Forms
  • Complete Assignment: Japanese Artist
  • Assessment: Lesson 9 Exam

Lesson 10: Special Events, Holidays, and Leisure

Many years ago, most young people married someone their parents chose for them, but in modern Japan, very few people have arranged marriages. Additional lesson topics: History of Karaoke; Japan's Festivals 110 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Complete Assignment: Special Event
  • Assessment: Lesson 10 Exam

Lesson 11: Architecture

Due to space constraints, rooms in Japanese houses often have to serve a double-purpose, so lightweight, movable furniture (like a futon) makes it easier to transition from living room to bedroom. 110 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Complete Assignment: New Things
  • Assessment: Lesson 11 Exam

Lesson 12: Society

Although Japanese government bears a strong American influence, there are some major differences between the US and Japan. Additional lesson topics: Chart of the Japanese Government 269 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Let us know what you think of this course; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course); Course Comments
  • Complete: The Final Assignment
  • Complete Assignment: Final Thoughts
  • Assessment: Lesson 12 Exam
  • Assessment: The Final Exam
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Summarize and identify Japanese traditions, language, religion, and food.
  • Summarize etiquette and manners in Japan.
  • Describe career and education in Japan.
  • Recognize the arts in Japan.
  • Identify special events, holidays, and leisure in Japan.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Japanese Cultural Studies 101
Course Number: 8900284
Lessons Rating: 4.51 / 5 Stars (890 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Last Updated: 2024
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 1.0 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: UniversalClass Instructional Team
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $120.00 U.S. dollars

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Student Testimonials

  • "I liked it and this is an initial way to learn about Japanese culture. Every lesson could be a course itself." -- Sharon S.
  • "The course offers great insight into Japanese culture, traditions, religion, food, art, history, and is great for travelers, educators and people seeking introductory cultural enlightenment." -- Andrew E.
  • "Learning about the Japanese culture has truly opened up my eyes about Japan." -- Taylor C.
  • "The written information was very helpful to me it was very interesting and enjoyable, and easy to get the right information without having to read a whole book to get the right answers." -- Eileen E.
  • "All the written material was relevant to my interest, and much of it - not all - was new to me." -- Peter H.