The JASCO history club will choose a theme, event, or time period that will be our loose focus for the month. Topics will range from samurai folktales to modern Japanese feats of technology. We will recommend readings and films for each month, as well as providing a brief description of the topic to give participants some ideas to get going.
This month's topic will be the swordsmanship and popular culture during the Edo period. This may be one of our more fascinating topics of analysis as we look at the period that saw the development of many the cultural practices and items we associate with Japan such as sushi, kabuki, and woodblock prints.
This month's recommended materials:
- Famous Japanese Swordsmen (book)
- Harakiri, Seven Samurai (film)
- Edo Culture: Daily Life and Diversions in Urban Japan (book)
Your options for materials are endless. Simply watching a history special on Japanese swordsmanship or Edo culture is sufficient. Of course, Japanese culture has a vast field of scholarship and literally endless resources are available. If you have any questions, or would like some suggestions for this month please contact Adam Gerval (firstname.lastname@example.org), who will be happy to assist you.
*IMPORTANT NOTICE* - It is important to note that this is not a lecture. Our goal is to facilitate your learning and nourish your interest in the topics that you find appealing. So please do whatever preparation you feel is necessary and we will be happy to assist you along the way.