J70: Fall 2014
Week One Discussion Questions:
Writing assignment: Please choose one or more of the following questions and write a
one page (double-spaced) response paper, due by 8pm on Wednesday night.
1. What are the main differences between th
J70 Fall 2014
Week Two Discussion Questions
Mori gai, "Dancing Girl"
1. What is the significance of the location where story is being narrated?
2. What change has ta Toyotar undergone in the last five years?
3. What is Toyotar's First impression
Japanese 70: Fall 2014
Week Three Discussion Questions:
Natsume Sseki's Kokoro
1. What is the meaning of the word kokoro? Why is it the title of Sseki's novel?
2. What kind of person is the narrator? Sensei? What is the nature of the relationship between
Japan 70: Fall 2014
Week 7 Discussion Questions
Suzuki Seijuns Tokyo Drifter and Yakuza film of the 1960s
1. What are the main differences in style and tone between Tokyo Drifter and the earlier films we
2. Suzuki once said that his films are j
Japan 70 Fall 2014
Weekly Response Questions
Kirino Natsuos OUT
1) Choose two characters and give specific examples of how they are marginalized in life.
2) How does Kirino construct urban spaces of Tokyo? Choose a specific site and explain the
Japanese 70 Week 5 Discussion Questions: Rashomon
1. What are the main differences between "In a Grove" and Kurosawa's Rashomon?
What role does Akutagawa's story "Rashomon" play in the film? How do the changes that
Kurosawa made alter the meaning of Akuta
J70 Fall 2012
Week 9 Discussion Questions
Godzilla and Nausicaa
1. How does the creature Godzilla (Gojira) speak for nature, for nuclear weapons? What is its
2. How does the peoples reactions differ to Godzilla (government, scientists, villagers,
J70 Week 4 Discussion Questions
Incident at Sakai
1. What are the main differences between Mori gai's earlier work "The
Dancing Girl" and "The Incident at Sakai"? Do you see any similarities
between the two wo
J70 Fall 2014
Discussion Questions Week 8
Haruki Murakami-A Wild Sheep Chase
1. What are the protagonists characteristics? What kind of life does he have,
does he want?
2. Why are the characters nameless? What has specicity in the story?
from Chambre (2009)
Acid Seven Part 6 from
Oz Days Live (1973)
Asahi wo Saraba Goodbye Morning Sun
GREAT ADVENTURE FAMILY
from Great Adventures (1996)
Les Rallies Denude
Taiko Super Kicks Ghostly Feeling
Skirt Switch ()(2010)
Skirt is a band by Sawabe Wataru
(1950) dir. Akira Kurosawa, Daiei Studios
Things to think about while watching the film:
The unknowability of truth and the role of narrative
Composer Takemitsu Torus Textures (he also did the music for Kwaidan)
NHK Orchestra 1986, conductor Iwaki Hiroyuki
Apocalyptic Technologies and
genre and form:
r' lights icker in the moat, dark as the dye that blackens the smiles of the
LYoshiwara beauties.2 From the thirdoor rooms of the lofty houses the all
i any mansions, just tenements of ten or twenty houses, where eaves have long
. scraps in the morning an
1Every thing is Narrative
- A narrative is a series of ideas, images, and events
- tell things both explicity and implicity
- for ex: Opening of Japan
commodore Perry comes and forces Japan to open its parts, meaning it closed b4? Not
POSTWAR JAPAN AND YAKUZA FILM
Visual Form, Recovery, and Questions of Honor
Origins of the Yakuza
During Taisho Yakuza had been labor strike organizers domestically
Ninkyo Yakuza Film
Ninkyo chivalrous yakuza film set in the 1910s and 1920s nostalgia for
56 japanese N6 Dramas
CHORUS (mg/'1') In truth He has eighty excel/eat mar/e5
PRINCESS with was He adores Hz"; Doormat Body,
CHORUS mob that mags to Heaven adore Him
and Dragon: and God: are strut/ with awe.
- To iroegakari maria, Dragon Primer: roll; u
H alga/Ema and I
Raymond Radiguet's Le Ba] da Comte dOrgel
and The Collected Work: of Akinari Ueda
The spiritual companions of youth are friends and books.
Friends have esh-and-blood bodies and are constantly chang-
ing. Enthusiasms at one stage in one'
Daughter of a Tokyo University professor, Enchi Fumiko (b. 1905)
grew up in a scholarly family environment that encouraged her
to read works of literature and go to the kabuki theater. She herself
began writing plays as a young woman and cont
Tbe Tale of Genji
C H APTER
give the mother a solid basefrorn which to support the child.2'The Kokidgl
"Your son rvill
l"dy *"s upset, of course, but he told her nor to worry.
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by John Luther Long
brother. He looked away.
Beg pardon. You never told us that.
He went back; couldnt find her.
And you advise me also to become a subject for
and other stories
VOLUME I OF THE HISTORICAL LITERATURE 0F MORI GGAI
J. THOMAS RIMER
addibbna! cantn'butiam by
EDMUND R. SKRZYPCZAK
WILLIAM R. WILSON
3: THE UNIVERSITY PRE
by Natsume Soseki(1867-1916)
Foreword and translation by Edwin McClellan, contributor 1957
IT WAS during the Meiji era, which lasted from 1868 to 1912, that Japan emerged as a
modern nation; and it was towards the latte
Maihime. (The Dancing Girl)
Mori Ogai; Richard Bowring
Monumenta Nipponica, Vol. 30, No. 2. (Summer, 1975), pp. 151-176.
(The Dancing ~ Girl )
Translation and Background
THEY HA VE FINISHED loading the coal, and the tables here in the
What, if any, are the connections between the stories? Is it possible to see a progression from the
first to the last?
The stories illustrate a progression from negative to positive. The first two stories center
on the sense of emptiness and solitude expe
4. Why is the narrator fascinated with kitchens? What symbolic meaning do kitchens have in the
The narrator, Mikage Sakurai, is a very unfortunate and lonely young woman who
eventually lost all of her families. It demands her a lot of courage and st
2. This is a very personal and autobiographical story. How does the work connect this personal
narrative to broader political and historical themes?
This story took place in a very special period of Japanese history when thousands of
Koreans and Chinese i
How does Mieko destroy the Togan family from within?
As the story unfolds, we can see that the whole story is centered on Miekos revenge.
After being betrayed by her husband and lost her child because of her husbands mistress, Mieko
embarks on her shamefu
2. In both "In a Grove" and Rashomon (the film), what are the key differences among the three
main accounts (Tajmaru, the woman, and the man) of the incident?
Among the three accounts, it seems that every one of the main characters is a victim of