Useful Information for New Students of Japanese

General information about admissions and enrolling in courses

Japanese Courses

Course Schedule

Japanese Studies Minor (flyer)

Japanese Studies Minor Requirements

Exchange Program in Japan

Career Guidance


CofC Japanese Club:


*I’m away during the summer and might not be able to respond to email in a timely manner.  If you have studied Japanese in high school or elsewhere and need to take a placement test, please email me in mid-August to arrange a meeting.

LTJP 390 Special Topics: “Japanese Novels” in the fall!

LTJP 390 ST: “Japanese Novels” in the fall!

We will read several Japanese novels that are widely considered masterpieces in Japan. The novels we will read are:

Kokoro (1914) by Sôseki Natsume (1867-1916)
The Makioka Sisters (1943-48) by Jun’ichrô Tanizaki(1886-1965)
No Longer Human (1948) by Osamu Dazai (1909-48)
The Temple of the Golden Pavilion (1952) by Yukio Mishima (1925-70)
Fires on the Plain (1955) by Shôhei Ôoka(1909-88)
The Woman in the Dunes (1962) by Kôbô Abe (1924-93)
Black Rain (1966) by Masuji Ibuse(1898-1993)
The Silent Cry (1967) by Kenzaburô Ôe (1935- )

There’s no prerequisite, and it will count towards the requirements for the Humanities section of the General Education, the Japanese Studies minor or the Asia Concentration of the International Studies major. The assignments will consist of submitting discussion questions, keeping a response journal, and writing three short analysis papers. There will also be midterm and final exams, which are in the short essay format. It’s a discussion class. I hope many of you will take it!

2013 SEATJ Conference, March 9-10, at the College of Charleston: Call for Papers

The 28th Southeastern Association of Teachers of Japanese (SEATJ) Annual Conference will take place at the College of Charleston in Charleston, South Carolina, on March 9-10, 2013.

We invite submissions of proposals for 20-minute presentations on topics related to language pedagogy, instructional technology, classroom activities, second language acquisition, Japanese linguistics, Japanese literature and film, and other related areas. We welcome submissions from teachers at all levels, including K-12 and heritage schools. Papers can be presented in either English or Japanese.

Please email your proposal of 250-300 words in English or 500-600 characters in Japanese to Yoshiki Chikuma at by January 15, 2013. We will notify accepted applicants by February 1, 2013. Updates on the conference will be posted at


Like the last year, the Japanese Club meets on Wednesdays, at 1 p.m., outside Bell 403 for recycling sessions. See you there!