Japan Trip Resources

NOTE: We will continuously update this page with more videos and recommended readings as we receive them from the trip organizers. Please check back again soon.


Japan’s Place in Asia and the World: The Long Path to the Current Crossroads
Jacques deLisle, Director, FPRI Asia Program



Resilience and Regeneration: Japan’s Economic Challenges and the Road Ahead
Shihoko Goto, Senior Associate for Northeast Asia, Asia Program, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars



Japanese Culture in a Nutshell; Kyoto: Brief History of a City
Frank Chance, Adjunct Professor, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, UPenn

Associated Readings:

 Isaac Chotiner, “How Japan and the U.S. Remember World War II,” Slate. May 11, 2016.

Carol Gluck, “Top Ten Things to Know About Japan in the Early Twenty-First Century,” Education About ASIA, Vol. 13, No. 3 (Winter 2008).

Masaya Nemoto, “Story of Hiroshima: Life of an Atomic Bomb Survivor,” Education About ASIA, Vol. 20, No. 2 (Fall 2015).

Jeffrey W. Alexander, “Honda Sōichirō and the Rise of Japan’s Postwar Motor Vehicle Industry,” Education About ASIA, Vol. 20, No. 2 (Fall 2015).



Japanese Language, Literature, and Culture
Linda H. Chance, Associate Professor of Japanese Language and Literature, East Asian Language and Civilizations, UPenn

Associated Readings:

Selections from The Tale of Heike

Mitsuhiro Yoshida, “Joking, Gender, Power, and Professionalism among Japanese Inn Workers,” Ethnology, Vol. 40, No. 4 (Autumn, 2001).

“Tamiki Hara’s Notes of the Atomic Bombing” and “A Commentary on Tamiki Hara’s Notes about His Atomic Bomb Experience in Hiroshima,” translated by Tomoko Nakamura, Hiroshima International University

Hara Takami, “Summer Flowers,” in Hiroshima: Three Witnesses, edited and translated by Richard H. Minear (Princeton University Press, 1990).



Korea and Japan: An Unhappy History. Relationships of Ups and Downs, Mostly Downs
Mark Peterson, Brigham Young University


Japan in Focus
Gilbert Rozman, Professor Emeritus, Princeton University


Hokkaido Cultures
Frank Chance, Adjunct Professor, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, UPenn


Political and Social Stability in Japan
Robert J. Pekkanen, Professor, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, University of Washington