This course examines foreign (primarily Anglo-American) views of Japan, both contemporary and
historical. Materials used and discussed range from Hollywood films to academic works by Ivy League
professors. Knowing the common and often highly distorted images of Japan and the Japanese, both
positive and negative, presented in foreign mass media and popular culture is important to both
Japanese and foreign students. These images have been and continue to be significant in Japan’s
diplomatic and economic relations with other countries. Moreover, the mechanisms that distort the
foreign view of Japan also work to distort the Japanese view of foreign countries. Teaching students
how to recognize distorted images of foreign countries and peoples is a major goal of this course.practices, etc.
Students will be expected to write one short paper on some aspect the foreign image of Japan or the
Japanese image of something foreign.
There will be a final examination for the course based on the lectures. In principle the paper (report)