• Getting to Know Japan Webinar Series

  • About the Series

    The Getting to Know Japan webinar series is designed to assist Americans living in Japan as a part of the U.S. military presence to learn about and gain greater appreciation for their host nation’s culture and society. World-class specialists will deliver engaging lessons on introductory-level topics related to Japanese culture and society. While tailored for the needs of the US military community in Japan, the webinars are open to all interested in learning more about Japan. This series is being implemented in full partnership with The Japan Foundation Center for Global Partnership.

  • Getting to Know Japan Webinar Schedule

    19:00 (JST), 10 June 2021

    Dr. Robert Hoppens, History Professor at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and expert on contemporary Japanese history, will lead a lecture and discussion on Japanese history from the end of the second World War to the present day.

     

    To join please use this link to register with Zoom. You will need the link and passcode provided in the confirmation email.

     

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    10:00 (JST), 15 June 2021

    Dr. Andrea Pressello (Associate Professor at the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies, Tokyo) will deliver an introductory webinar on Japanese history from 1868-1945, discussing the highlights of this pivotal era.

     

    To join please use this link to register with Zoom. You will need the link and passcode provided in the confirmation email.

     

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    19:00 (JST), 24 June 2021

    Mr. Richard Silver (US Foreign Service Officer, rtd., and Urasenke practitioner and licensed Tea Ceremony instructor) will lead a webinar that will explore the evolving role Tea Ceremony has played in Japanese society from its beginning in the 16th century to modern times.

     

    To join please use this link to register with Zoom. You will need the link and passcode provided in the confirmation email.

     

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    10:00 (JST), 29 June 2021

    Cuisine/Food is a crystalized form of the local culture. As such, it is also wired directly to hearts of the local people. While some dishes can be perplexing for the uninitiated, the very effort of trying to understand other people’s food can be a catalyst to deeper connections and beginning of lifelong friendships. Join Daisuke Utagawa, restaurateur and advocate for using food to enrich human connections, as he helps us explore Japan's food culture and its international impact.

     

    To join please use this link to register with Zoom. You will need the link and passcode provided in the confirmation email.

     

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    20:00 (JST), 8 July 2021

    How have young people navigated their lives in the so-called "lost decades" in post-bubble Japan, against the backdrop of a rapidly ageing society? In this lecture, Professor Sachiko Horiguchi will provide an overview of changing youth cultures since the 1990s, and will highlight how representations of gendered subcultures- from rebellious kogal high school girls to reclusive otaku & hikikomori men- symbolize both the stagnation and transformation that Japan has experienced in the last three decades.

     

    To join please use this link to register with Zoom. You will need the link and passcode provided in the confirmation email.

     

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    10:00 (JST), 13 July 2021

    Dr. Levi McLaughlin will deliver an introductory overview of religion in contemporary Japan. In his talk he will introduce the basics of Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples, explaining the ways that people interact with them and the beliefs that guide those interactions. He will conclude his talk with a broader overview of the religious landscape that these sacred sites inhabit, and then open the floor for Q&A.

     

    To join please use this link to register with Zoom. You will need the link and passcode provided in the confirmation email.

     

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  • More Webinars to Be Announced Soon!

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