SOAS University of London

SOAS Language Centre

Higher Advanced 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.

Ruselle Meade:

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

Abigail Rayfield:

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