Department of Japanese and Comparative Culture

Look closer at a familiar blind-spot,
then look closer at Japanese culture and yourself.
Through this pursuit, obtain expertise that will contribute to society

Purpose of the discipline

Have you ever noticed that you really don’t understand all aspects of Japanese language and culture; for instance, about kabuki, noh, kyogen, waka, haiku, or even Japanese language that you use every day? It is probably because Japanese language and culture are too close to us in our daily life. There are many discoveries to make if you take a closer look at your own language and culture, as well as the many discoveries to be made when you meet a foreign culture. In this program, students spotlight the unique aspects of Japanese culture, pursue Japanese language, history, traditional arts, belief and literature and then highlight the particularities and generalities of Japanese culture and compare them to foreign languages and cultures. This is study to pursue your identity as a Japanese person. The program includes practical and hands-on activities and aims to foster students to be an expert of Japanese language and culture with a solid identity as Japanese nationals.


First year students learn the basics of Japanese culture and language and second year students deepen study toward their major. Some specialized subjects have fieldwork in domestic, overseas or performing arts situations. This provides students with a wide range of practical opportunities to appreciate noh or kyogen, learn the basic of rakugo (Japanese traditional sit-down comedy), or go overseas to research and experience different cultures. Subjects related to editing, advertisement, mass-communication and translation are also available for students who are looking to develop their career in popular industries such as advertisement, printing and publishing. Students have opportunities to gain skills in digital editing. The department incorporates its magazine publishing activity in a program, and that enables students to obtain skills and experiences through actual publishing processes such as planning, writing, and editing.