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2024 Spring > UGRD > JAPAN > JAPAN 367L

Food and Culture in Japan: National Identity and Diversity, Past and Present

Course #: JAPAN 367L

This course explores how food and its consumption have been practiced and represented in premodern and modern Japan. Students will learn about the place of food in Japanese society, as well as the less commonly known aspects of Japanese food culture. The preparation, presentation, and consumption of food take place within structures of power. Food is often intimately tied to discourses of nationalism and national identity, yet it can also symbolize the diversity of society, such as regional identity, gendered divisions of labor, or the ''foreign'' and its appropriations. The class will investigate these and other aspects of Japanese food culture through written texts, visual arts, and film, in order to encourage a nuanced, complex, and critical understanding of the place of food in Japan.
Pre Requisites:
Pre-requisite: Any 200 level course

Section Class Number Schedule/Time Instructor Location
01 12066 MWF
12:00 - 12:50 pm
Kawashima,Teruko McCormack M02-0417
Session: Regular
Class Dates: 01/22/2024 - 05/08/2024
Capacity: 12
Enrolled: 12
Status: Closed
Credits: 3/3
Class Notes: This course uses course material available through the Healey Library and other sources. There is no cost for the course material for this course. For more information about no-cost course material, please visit
Pre Requisites: Pre-requisite: Any 200 level course
Course Attributes: International, World Cultures, Library and other resources, no cost materials