[PDF] Understanding Japan: A Cultural History

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Description: TTC Video - Understanding Japan: A Cultural History Japans extraordinary culture is like no other in the world. The 2,000-year-old civilization grew through periods of seclusion and assimilation to cultivate a society responsible for immeasurable influences on the rest of the world. What makes Japan so distinctive? The answer is more than just spiritual beliefs or culinary tastes. Its the ongoing clash between tradition and modernity a conflict shaped by Japans long history of engagement and isolation. Were all aware of Japans pivotal role in global economics and technological innovation. We know that the future of the West (and the entire world) is inextricably linked with the island nations successes and failures. But Japanese cultureits codes, mores, rituals, and valuesstill remains mysterious to many of us. And thats unfortunate, because to truly understand Japans influence on the world stage, one needs to understand Japans cultureon its own terms. Only by looking at Japans politics, spirituality, cuisine, literature, art, and philosophy in the context of larger historical forces can we reach an informed grasp of Japanese culture. One that dispels prevalent myths and misconceptions we in the West have. One that puts Japannot other nationsat the center of the story. And one that reveals how this incredible country transformed into the 21st-century superpower it is today. In an exciting partnership with the Smithsonian, The Great Courses presents Understanding Japan: A Cultural History24 lectures that offer an unforgettable tour of Japanese life and culture. Delivered by renowned Japan scholar and award-winning professor Mark J. Ravina of Emory University, its a chance to access an extraordinary culture that is sometimes overlooked or misrepresented in broader surveys of world history. Professor Ravina, with the expert collaboration of the Smithsonians historians, brings you a grand portrait of Japan, one that reaches from its ancient roots as an archipelago of warring islands to its current status as a geopolitical giant. The journey is vibrantly illustrated with stunning images from the Smithsonians vast collections of Japanese artwork and archival material. Here for your enjoyment is a dazzling historical adventure with something to inform and delight everyone, and youll come away from it with a richer appreciation of Japanese culture. View more Lectures: 01. Japan: A Globally Engaged Island Nation 02. Understanding Japan through Ancient Myths 03. The Emergence of the Ritsuryo State 04. Aspects of the Japanese Language 05. Early Japanese Buddhism 06. Heian Court Culture 07. The Rise of the Samurai 08. Pure Land Buddhism and Zen Buddhism 09. Samurai Culture in the Ashikaga Period 10. Japan at Home and Abroad, 1300 - 1600 11. Japan's Isolation in the Tokugawa Period 12. Japanese Theater: Noh and Kabuki 13. The Importance of Japanese Gardens 14. The Meaning of Bushido in a Time of Peace 15. Japanese Poetry: The Road to Haiku 16. Hokusai and the Art of Wood-Block Prints 17. The Meiji Restoration 18. Three Visions of Prewar Japan 19. War without a Master Plan: Japan, 1931 - 1945 20. Japanese Family Life 21. Japanese Foodways 22. Japan's Economic Miracle 23. Kurosawa and Ozu: Two Giants of Film 24. The Making of Contemporary Japan MediaInfo:

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