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Faculty of Culture and Representation Department of Japanese Language and Literature

Department of Japanese Language and Literature


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Point 1
Learning about Japan and yourself through the Japanese language

The learning experience in this department starts with improving reading comprehension of Japanese through appreciating prominent works of Japanese literature. Language is logic. The act of writing clears your mind and makes your train of thought coherent. To have each student learn about Japan and ultimately about herself through a study of the Japanese language—this is the goal of our department. In a society of diversifying media and expanding communication tools, students develop the ability to use their experience and insight to think carefully and understand the nature of things without distraction.

Point 2
Exploring Japanese language and forms of expression using Japanese

With modern literature, classics, contemporary Japanese language, and Japanese language teaching as the four core areas of study, students pursue the nature of the Japanese language from various approaches. In the study of modern literature, classics, and contemporary Japanese language, we capture the uniqueness of works written in Japanese between ancient and modern times, and reconfirm Japanese language and literature in a historical as well as a global context. In the study of Japanese language teaching, on the other hand, students gain practical skills to teach Japanese to foreign people, including selection and design of teaching materials and choice of teaching techniques. Through close student-to-student communication and specialized education, we aim to produce truly international-minded individuals who can disseminate information in a global setting.

Point 3
Four years of study culminating in the graduation thesis

Each student chooses a topic of personal interest through her study of Japanese from various perspectives. Collecting literature, fieldwork, finding and analyzing new reference materials, as well as advice from the thesis supervisor and discussion with classmates all culminate in the graduation research and thesis. Third year students are required to give a presentation on their progress in the fall semester. The graduation thesis, a result of each student's original research and logical thinking, will be—together with the great sense of accomplishment it brings—an invaluable treasure in life. Students who have written particularly outstanding theses have the opportunity to give presentations to third and fourth year students.