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Japanese Language: History & Culture

Resource guide for JPN 101 and 102

Cuisine

The following are search terms you can use to look up more resources on Japanese cuisine:

  • General food resources: "Cooking, Japanese", "Japan -- Food -- Social life and customs", 
  • Japanese foods: natto, mochi, okonomiyaki, sushi, ramen, soba, tofu, tsukemono (pickles), agemono (fried foods), nimono (boiled foods), yakimono (grilled foods)
  • Other keywords: bento, washoku (general term for Japanese cuisine), kaiseki (refined high-end Japanese cuisine), okazu (dish to accompany rice), osechi (new year food)

Literature

The following are search terms you can use to look up more resources on Japanese literature:

  • General search terms: "Japanese literature"
  • Famous authors: Murasaki Shikibu, Bāsho, Natsume Sōseki, Ryūnosuke Akutagawa, Kenzaburō Ōe, Kōbō Abe, Yukio Mishima, Haruki Murakami, Banana Yoshimoto
  • Famous books: Kojiki, Nihon Shoki, Manʻyōshū, Genji Monogatari, Kaguya-hime, Heike Monogatari, Hōjoki, Oku no Hosomichi, Botchan, The Woman in the Dunes, The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles

Religion

The following are search terms you can use to look up more resources on Japanese religion:

  • General search terms: "Japan -- Religion", "Shinto", "Zen Buddhism", "Buddhism -- Japan"
  • Shintō-specific terms: "Spiritual life -- Shinto", "Shinto -- Doctrines", "Shinto -- History", Amaterasu
  • Buddhist-specific terms: Jōdo-shū, Jōdo Shinshū, Shingon, Tendai, Yūzū-Nembutsu, Rinzai, Sōtō, Nichiren

Pop Culture

Sites and Landscapes

History

The following are search terms you can use to look up more resources on Japanese history:

  • General search terms: "Japan -- History" 
  • Historical periods: Jōmon, Yayoi, Kofun, Asuka, Nara, Heian, Kamakura, Muromachi, Azuchi-Momyama, Edo, Meiji, Taishō, Shoōwa, Heisei

Games and Recreation

The following are search terms you can use to look up more resources on Japanese games and past times:

  • General resources: "Video games -- Japan", "Games -- Japan"
  • Traditional games: shogi, karuta, kendama, hanafuda, gō, janken
  • Video games: Pac-Man, Final Fantasy, Zelda, Animal Crossing, Pokemon, Super Mario
  • Other past times: origami

Traditional Sports

The following are search terms you can use to look up more resources on Japanese traditional sports:

  • General resources: "Martial arts",  "Swordplay -- Japan", "Wrestling -- Japan", "Sports -- Japan"
  • Martial arts: aikido, jujitsu, judo, kendo, karate (Okinawan), kempo, sumo, kendo
  • Other traditional sports: kyūdō

Art

The following are search terms you can use to look up more resources on Japanese art:

  • General search terms: "Art, Japanese" 
  • Selected artists: Yayoi Kusama, Hokusai, Takashi Murakami, Utamaro, Hiroshige, Yoshimoto Nara
  • Aesthetics: wabi sabi, miyabi, shibui, iki, kawaii, yūgen, geidō, ensō

Performing Arts

The following are search terms you can use to look up more resources on Japanese traditional performing arts:

  • General search terms: "Performing arts -- Japan", "Asian theater", "Dance -- Japan"
  • Selected search terms: nō, kabuki, bunraku, kyōgen, yose, būtoh, odori, shamisen, koto, taiko
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