[Educator Program] Individually priced sessions - #1
Overview: Meiji Period (1868-1912)
The morning session will focus on the rise of Japan through the Meiji Restoration. Participants will examine the political, economic and social transformation in Japan. The creation of the constitution, centralization of state power and the creation of a national identity will all be explored. How Japan modeled and established its own styles in literature, art, music and architecture will also be addressed.
Political Turmoil and Social Movements: Taisho Period (1912-1926)
The afternoon session will examine the Taisho period, when Japan underwent significant political change, especially in terms of the development of increased citizen participation in the political process. Participants will explore different political movements such as women’s rights and labor movements. Changes during Japan’s version of the “roaring twenties” will also be investigated, through topics such as how the democracy changed. Japan’s relationship to other countries before, during and after WWI will also be investigated.
[Educator Program] Individually priced sessions - #2
Road to War
Participants will explore how Japan entered WWII and the way Japan took over Asia in the context of global history. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with a special guest lecturer from Japan and a US expert on the topic of the early Showa period in Japan. The lecture will focus on WWII and the effects it had on the Japanese economy and domestic life in the 1920’s and 30’s. Participants will also analyze different events including the Manchurian Incident, the Sino-Japan War and the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Domestic Life and Culture during the War
The afternoon session will analyze another perspective of Japan, before and during WWII with a focus on how Japanese domestic life changed due to WWII. The session will also examine how civic and private life was influenced by the progress of the Pacific War. Participants will have the opportunity to explore different aspects of domestic life by using examples from changes in education, propaganda on arts, literature, films and music.
[Educator Program] Individually priced sessions - #3
End of WWII and Occupation
The morning session will examine the decay of the end of WWII, including the impact of the fire bombing and the dropping of two atomic bombs on Japan. Participants will engage in lecture and film viewings, which will examine two different perspectives of the end of WWII involving nuclear weapons. The occupation of Japan and its democratization under the guidance of the US and their updated relationship will also be examined.
Workshop on Memorialization: Political and Public Meanings
The afternoon session will be a workshop for participants to examine how and why important events are memorialized. Through examining various memorials to WWII, participants will have the opportunity to explore how to teach numerous important issues, such as how various forms of media are used to establish how history is retold and remembered. Participants will have the opportunity to do hands on work to create their own memorial. Participants will also analyze the story of “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes” as a case study.
[Educator Program] Individually priced sessions - #4
Rapid Economic Growth
Participants will investigate Japan’s economic miracle between the post-WWII period to the end of the Cold War in the 1960’s and 70’s. This session will examine the rapid growth Japan had to become the second largest economy in the world through the cooperation of manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, and banks. Participants will have the opportunity to hear first hand experiences of being a corporate business man at that time, from current Japan Society President and former President of Mitsubishi Corporation North America, Mr. Motatsu Sakurai.
Economic Decline in Contemporary Japan (1991-2000)
In the afternoon session, participants will continue to explore Japan’s period of economic stagnation called the “Lost Decade”. Participants will analyze the extent and measurement of Japan’s setbacks, the economic effect of the Lost Decade and how Japanese policy makers continue to grapple with its consequences 25 years later. By comparing the 1965 Olympics to the 2020 Olympics, participants will analyze Japan’s social and economic impact that the Olympics had and will have on the country.