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This section is for resources pertaining to the country of Japan wtih an emphasis on culture and history.
A Cultural Legacy Visualized
A list of videos (stream or available for checkout) illustrating Japanese literature and culture:
The Tale of Genji
The program explains both Genji’s adventures and the visual effects created by the paintings, decorated paper, and calligraphy of the scrolls.
Theater in Japan: Yesterday and Today
Theater has a long history in Japan, ranging from traditional Kabuki to today’s avant-garde performing arts. This program explores the cultural debate within Japan regarding traditional forms of theater and more contemporary variations,
This program pushes beyond the stereotypes to objectively examine the history of manga, how manga are drawn, and manga’s influence on Japanese life.
Buddha and the Land of the Kami
Begins with the creation myth of Japan and explains the origin and scope of the Kami concept.
Four Seasons in Kyoto: Festivals and Symbols
Focusing on the emblematic flowers, foods, and festivals of each season, this beautifully filmed four-part series provides an elegant point of departure into Japanese history, religion, and cultural traditions. 4-part series.
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