ASIAN 252 - Undergraduate Seminar in Japanese Culture
Section: 003 Tokyo and the Crowd
Term: FA 2007
Subject: Asian Studies (ASIAN)
Department: LSA Asian Languages & Cultures
Requirements & Distribution:
FYSem, WorldLit
Advisory Prerequisites:
No knowledge of Japanese language is required.
May be elected twice for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Everyday, four million people pass through Tokyo’s Shinjuku station, the busiest train station in the world. This is 40 times more than the entire population of Ann Arbor. Responding to such staggering statistics, this course explores representations of the crowd in Tokyo in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. We will consider how the crowd is evoked in visual culture by looking at popular magazines, woodblock prints, and postcards. We will also consider a number of literary, cinematic, and artistic works with particular attention paid to themes of disaster, sacred pilgrimage, political activism and entertainment. Ultimately, students will gain from this seminar an introduction to the history of Tokyo itself, with its peculiar intersection of topography and ideology, as well as a greater appreciation of the extent of the city’s urban planning and the breadth of its representation.

ASIAN 252 - Undergraduate Seminar in Japanese Culture
Schedule Listing
002 (SEM)
4Enrollment Management
WF 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: Class will meet in the Nurse's Lounge in Cozens Hall.
003 (SEM)
6Enrollment Management
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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