Carnegie Mellon University

Topics in Japanese Studies: The Evolution of Japan’s Urban Culture

Course Number: 82-474

Spring 2023: The Evolution of Japan’s Urban Culture

This course analyzes various aspects of Japan’s urban culture, the evolution of which has centered around Tokyo, focusing on a main question: how Japanese culture has reinvented itself, particularly between the first Tokyo Olympics (1964) and the second (2021). With this question in mind, the course also extends to such topics as the post-WWII Americanization of Japanese culture and society, the cultures in the 1980s as antecedents to the popular and subculture that have continued to thrive on a global scale (e.g., otaku and the aesthetics of superflat), through fictions, non-fictions, films, and multimedia. Taught in Japanese.

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Units: 9
Prerequisite(s): 82372