Projects by Language Centre Students of Japanese
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Lower Advanced Japanese class Projects 2013
From April to June 2013, the Language Centre’s Lower Advanced students of Japanese produced essays on Japan-related matters.
Alisa describes how and why Japanese computer games captivate western audience, including herself. Esteban wonders how Japanese manga emerged from Japanese traditional media. Giorgio praises the wax work display at Japanese restaurants and delves into its history. Natalie investigates how Japanese TV programmes reflect its culture and offers her insights through their recent changes. Peter identifies and offers solutions to the problems Japan currently faces.
- Nihon no konpyuutaa geeme by Alisa Stetsenko
- Manga no senzo? by Esteban Herrero-Martinez
- Nihon no shokuhin sanpuru by Giorgio Garella
- Terebikyoku to Nihonbunka by Natalie Holden
- Douitsu kachi roudou douitsu kachi chingin seido no hituyousei by Peter McLoughlin
- Advanced 2012
- Intermediate 2012
- Lower Advanced 2012
- Higher Advanced 2005
- Advanced Class Projects 2007
- Advanced Class Projects 2005
- Lower Advanced Japanese Class Projects 2011
- Lower Advanced Japanese Class Projects 2010
- Lower Advanced Japanese Class Projects 2006
- Lower Advanced Japanese Class Projects 2005
- Lower Advanced Japanese Class Projects 2004
- Diploma Projects 2005
- Diploma Projects 2004
- "Diplomates" - Reports by Former Students of the Diploma in Modern Japanese
- Upper Intermediate Japanese Class Projects 2005
Japanese Who’s Who
Students from Higher Advanced courses wrote essays on people of historical, cultural, and personal interests -- from a Chinese monk who fathered Japanese Buddhism to a musician who invented Karaoke.
- Shigeru Ban : World-renowned architect, creator of the Pompidou Centre
- Akira Kurosawa: Everyone’s favourite film director, the creator of Seven Samurai
- Ganjinwajou: The father of Japanese Buddhism, risked his life to come to Japan
- Takuya Kimura: Hottest Japanese pop idol, Kimutaku
- Mioi Nakayama: Human rights activist for children
- Sugoku Shin: Human rights activist, author
- Osamu Tezuka: The Manga legend, the creator of ASTRO BOY
- Daisuke Inoue: Musician, the famous creator of Karaoke
My favourite Japanese places
- Okayama: Birthplace of MOMOTARO - Japanese hero.
- Okinawa: Juliet daydreams about the day she can finally visit Okinawa, where the tradition of the mysterious and attractive Ryuukyuan culture flourished and still carries on today.
- Niigata: Our own ex-diplomate, ex-JLPT preparatory course participant Kata reveals Niigata, where romance can be found among the northern natural beauty.
- Fukushima: The entrance to the sacred Japanese Alps, where the first mythical emperor praised its beauty in his poem. Peter goes on an arduous trek through the dynamic scenery that will remain with you forever.
From April to June 2006, The Language Centre's lower advanced students of Japanese produced essays on Japan-related matters.
Robert Corlett expresses his view on the Japanese and their health awareness. He argues that the Japanese take particular care of their health and this is reflected in their philosophy and daily routines. Julia Curry explores why Japanese designs have become very popular worldwide, pointing out that the Shinto principle of “spirits within everything” has a direct bearing on how functions and appearances are combined in Japanese designs. Ada Ng researches into the best invention in Japan. Is it Karaoke, or is it Walkman? Bill Pohl relates the history of our beloved Bullet train - Shinkansen from its conception to today, touching on what initial and subsequent challenges the Japanese had to overcome for its realisation. Juemin Xu provides a detailed history of the Japanese habit of bathing, touching on how it came about, its cultural significance, and its non-human fans, of course.
- Nihonjin to kenkou 日本人と健康：ロバート・コーレット
- Nihon no dezain 日本のデザイン：ジュリア・カリー
- Instant Ramen インスタントラーメン：アダ・ング
- Shinkansen no rekishi 新幹線の歴史：ビル・ポール
- Oyuba お湯場：ジューミン・シュー
From April to June 2005, The Language Centre's LAJ students produced essays on Japan-related matters.
Cheryl Aldridge takes you to a brief tour of Japanese baths, decribing their history and cultural significance. Leana Coyle gives you an interesting insight into "Maneki Neko", colourful cats on display in many shops. Colin Keatinge talks about a Japanese literature giant, Kenji Miyazawa and his less-known works, while Daniel McDonald passionately argues for some restraint on the ever-increasing number of Katakana words. Finally Sharon Rapose admits that, before she visited Japan, she imagined the Japanese still wearing kimonos while working in skyscrapers.
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- Onsen - Public Baths and Spa 日本風呂、銭湯と温泉
- Maneki Neko (Beckoning Cats) 招き猫
- Kenji Miyazawa 宮沢賢治
- Katakana Words 片仮名言葉
- Japanese Experience 日本に行くきっかけと日本での経験
In April - May 2004 our LAJ students conducted their own research into Japanese history (term 2) and Japanese objects of interest (term 3).
In Japanese history, Chris Burke presents theories of the origin of the Japanese, where they come from and who they are, and Peter Maksym investigates how, despite its humble origin, Samurai managed to be so powerful in Japan .
In Japanese objects of interest, students are asked to research into the socio-historical aspects of Japanese objects of their choice. Sharon Chou and Kata Gregory introduce “koinobori”, a set of carp shaped banners. Waiwa Young and Robin Harding delve into “okonomiyaki”, often refered to as “Japanese pizza”, while Christine Tseng writes a full report on Japanese traditional sweets “wagashi” and their development from 1,000AD. Katherine Churcher reports on a love hotel in Japan in a great “tongue-in-cheek” style. Peter Maksym describes the origin and the fate of “ukiyoe”, and Ian Rapley explains what is really going on in “sumo” wrestling.
Objects of Interest:
Haiku with Tominaga sensei
This second instalment of Haiku by the 2005-06 Diploma students boast 7 highly evocative pieces. The readers will enjoy the visual impressions, symbolic meaning between the lines, and the emotion the students are feeling at the time of writing.
- Kaze ga fuku by Fei Fei Zhan
- Kurai me ya by Antonia Farmer
- Haru no bara by Matthew Williams
- Samui ame by Joseph Lewin
- Miscellaneous by Derwin Dicker, Tomo Darren Cheng and Marta Wrotna
Diploma Projects 2004
“Haiku” refers to a subset of Japanese poem styles. Its simplicity and elegance - 3 simple lines with a seasonal reference - was developed hand in hand with Zen, where life is but a collection of fleeting moments. Hence the impression evoked by Haiku is highly visual, almost photographic in that it is the immediate physical surroundings that authors are trying to convey to the readers, and a seasonal reference provides context to enhance empathy between the writer and the reader.
The 2004-05 Diploma students produced high quality Haiku in term 2
- Kage nagashi by Aaron Chambers
- Yuki daruma by Areum Yang
- Shizuka na hi by Majid Riaz
- Miscellaneous by Sabah Vohra, Angelica Fernando and Raymond Wong
From October to December 2005, the language Centre’s Upper Intermediate students worked on creative writing projects. The topics are “A place of fond memories” and “My invention”.
Students are expected to further polish their writing skill when they go on to participate in Lower Advanced Japanese after this course.
Clare Spright describes a Japanese town, where she spent her third year abroad for her degree, while Glenn Murphy reminisces about his childhood in the seaside. Majid Riaz on the other hand claims to have invented “chopstick-friendly rice ball”.