• 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), 22 Apr 2021

    Dr. Kyle Cleveland ( a sociology professor at Temple University's Japan campus in Tokyo) will lead a seminar on how conceptions of Japanese national identity have evolved as Japan has positioned itself in relation to international norms in a range of contemporary social and political issues.

     

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    10:00 (JST), 27 Apr 2021

    Professor Michael Cucek (Temple University Japan) will deliver an overview of Japanese national history until 1868 and the start of the Meiji Restoration, followed by Q&A and discussion.

     

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    19:00 (JST), 13 May 2021

    Dr. Jonathan Clements will deliver an overview of the samurai in Japanese culture and history – the evolution of their arms and armor, their legends and battlefield traditions and the process by which a military clique seized control of a nation for hundreds of years. How much of today’s lore about Bushido, the "way of the warrior", is historically accurate?

     

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    10:00 (JST), 18 May 2021

    Professor Thomas Lockley will tell the amazing story of Yasuke, a man from Africa who served and fought beside Japan’s infamous warlord Oda Nobunaga and became the first foreign-born samurai. When Nobunaga was assassinated, Yasuke stayed by his lord until the end, and is traditionally held to have rescued the severed head from capture. Afterward, the real Yasuke faded from history, but his legacy was revived as an anti-imperial icon in the 20th century and a media giant in the 21st.

     

     

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  • More Webinars to Be Announced Soon!

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