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Skip to 0 minutes and 9 seconds Hello I am Hisayo Ogushi, the lead educator of this course about Japanese Subculture offered by Keio University. Are you familiar with Japanese Subculture? Shojo-manga? Shonen-manga? Japanese pop music, vocaloid and many more? You may have been interested in Japanese subcultures, but wondering where to look first. On the other hand, you may have already dived into some of them, looking for more insightful perspectives. Or, you may have just wondered why Japanese subculture fascinates your friends and families. Well, seek no further! This course will be a perfect gateway to the world of “Cool Japan” In the last two decades, Japanese subculture has gained worldwide acceptance and popularity.

Skip to 0 minutes and 56 seconds Its market is expanding, and there are various sub-categories for which many, may have been difficult to follow. I, along with three other co-educators, will introduce new vision of Japanese subculture looking into several genres along with weekly theme, such as “Love,” “Battle,” “Technology,” and “Fan culture.” Through this process, we will have fun redefining the meaning of “immaturity” and “vulnerability” in the Japanese youth culture from the 1970s. These keywords will, no doubt, shed a new light to these cultural phenomenon in Japan.

Skip to 1 minute and 35 seconds Together with Isamu Takahashi, an expert of Shonen-manga, Toshiyuki Ohwada, an awarded music critic and scholar, and Susumu Niijima, a science fiction scholar as well as French literature, let’s together discover and explore new ways to travel around the world of Japanese subculture.

What topics will you cover?

  • 日本の若者文化を理解する
  • 日本の社会的背景にある未熟さと脆弱性を考える
  • 恋愛関係と自己認識
  • 教育機関におけるバトルと競争
  • 機械と人間
  • 二次創作とファンカルチャー
  • 1970年以降のサブカルチャー史

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  • 若者文化の重要な意味を評価する
  • 社会的背景と合わせてサブカルチャーについての文献を解釈する
  • 日本のサブカルチャーが持つ文脈と学習者自身の文化的背景を比較する
  • 日本文化が世界的に強い影響力を持ち、人気を博している理由を調べる

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I am Hisayo Ogushi, a Professor of English at Keio University’s Faculty of Letters. I’m the lead educator of the course, “An Introduction to Japanese Subcultures.”

Who developed the course?

Keio University

Keio University is Japan’s first modern institution of higher learning, and since 1858 has established itself as a leader in Japan through its continued commitment to education, research and medicine.

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    Top 200Source: QS World University Rankings 2021

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